Sports Streaming Through Kodi Explained

Written by Seth Aderson (Nostraseth)

Posted in :Original Content on 7 Dec 2015 at 10:19
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This article is for educational purposes only, neither Sharksworld nor the author condone or encourage the use of streaming services. These streams are pirated live streams from around the world and therefor covered by copyright law. The penalty for downloading or streaming pirated content is a fine that usually amounts to the purchase price of the item downloaded.

What is Kodi?
“Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls…..”

Kodi is open source, allowing anyone to develop add-ons. Some of the many add-ons that can be downloaded allow users to stream live sport. Others Allow for video and music streaming.

Benefits of streaming sport through Kodi:
Streaming sport has many benefits. As many should know by now, sport can be streamed on your browser with many sites hosting links to pirated streams. However streaming through your browser is often not enjoyable, having to filter through endless pop up adds, dead links and bad quality streams, while opening yourself up to dodgy sites filled with malware.

Kodi and specifically the streaming add-ons for Kodi solve a lot of these problems. Many of the add-ones use the same links as you will find online, however because it is not streamed through a browser there will never be adverts or pop ups and there is no possibility of picking up viruses or malware. The best benefit of streaming through Kodi is that which ever add-on you use will gather links to several sites and put them together in easy to navigate categories, allowing you to find what you’re looking for a lot easier.
This system is by no means perfect, you will still run into dead links or low quality links, but it goes a long way to making the experience more enjoyable.
Kodi also works with a lot of different controllers out there, from USB remotes to Xbox controllers.

One of the biggest downsides, as well as an upside is the content available. You will easily find all international sport, as well as a lot of bigger South African sport, basically anything big enough to be broadcast overseas. The problem is that things like Varsity cup and ‘smaller’ Currie Cup games will not be available.
The reverse of this though is that you will find international content that you would not be able to find on South African TV.

Another big benefit to this system is that Kodi can be installed on many platforms, from your PC to your phone to your streaming box. I have it on good authority that sitting typing an article while watching the cricket on your phone is very enjoyable.

How to set up Kodi and streaming Add-ons:
Setting this up is fairly simple, there are many articles around the web that that explain both how to install and setup Kodi itself as well as any add-one you choose to use.

Your typical household setup will use a streaming box, these are small computer systems that run hardware similar to your mobile phone and have the size almost to match. A decent streaming box such as the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will set you back around R900 (In comparison to a DSTV explora which is around R1850). Most streaming boxes run android (some will use others but almost all are supported by Kodi) this means that there will never be any costs for the device after purchase. The only costs you will have is the internet you use. You do not need to spend a huge amount of money on your internet, a 100GB Capped account including 2mb line rental will cost R364 a month (DSTV Premium costs R700). Note that for HD content you will need a minimum of a 4mb line.

There are many sport streaming add-ones some of the best are SportsDevil, Futbol and Phoenix. There are many others that allow for live streaming, as well as many others which provide highlights, recaps and news.

There are paid add-ons available, however I suggest anyone considering used paid add-ones do their research first.
For example there is an add-one called Ruya, which claims to offer a simply unbelievable amount of content including both SD and HD sports channels, their full list can be found here
Again I most emphasize that I have no experience with this or any other paid add-ons, so can not vouch for them, please do research before using. Personally I’d stay away.


  • Did a test yesterday and compared the SportsDevil quality to the SuperSport stream and there was very little difference on a 4mb line.

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.12.15 10:23:54 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Superb Seth! Thanks so much. Defo saving this article for near future use. For educational purposes. Obviously. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.12.15 10:32:04 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @Another Nick (Comment 2) : obviously 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.12.15 10:53:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Another Nick (Comment 2) : Obviously!!! 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.12.15 10:59:55 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Another Nick (Comment 2) : Obviously :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.12.15 11:11:42 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Well, the need for services like these was created by the greed of broadcasters. I for one feel zero guilt about streaming any content online when there is no other “legal” alternative.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.12.15 11:17:08 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 6) : I never use any illegal streaming services (obviously).

    If I were to, though, it would only be because I had exhausted all legal options for accessing said content and simply had no other option. This would be due to the rights holders simply not providing any option for me to access the content legally, which in 2015 is just stupid.


  • Comment 7, posted at 07.12.15 12:38:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Agree 100%. Whilst I lived in the UK I would find myself pulling my hair out because broadcasters by rights, advertise that they are showing games, then only show 3 over the weekend. Usually games played in NZ or Aus as it doesn’t conflict with football kickoff times. Then to irritate even more, they would show classic football highlights or highlights of games they have already shown whilst live games are on. It is ludicrous!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.12.15 13:08:56 by Hulk Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Yip, exactly what I mean. I already pay through my ring for Sky HD+ and now have to fork out extra, because some of the best Premiership matches are only broadcast by BT Sport, which is an “upgrade”.

    Fuck em – I’ll watch it for free on one of the many good quality free streams.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.12.15 13:43:46 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 8) : That pisses me off no end. Reruns of ancient 1980’s soccer games or great tennis clashes of the 70’s on Sky while I deep-search the internet for a Bulls vs Sharks stream that isn’t just a glorified slide show with 20 plugin hackers and other malware trying to infect my laptop.

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.12.15 13:49:13 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Hypothetically, if I wanted to stream NFL games of even watch them after the fact, is there a add-on you’d recommend?

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.12.15 15:19:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 10) : I imagine they will replace the 70s tennis with 2015 Davis Cup tennis for the next 15 years.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.12.15 15:21:28 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 12) : 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.12.15 15:28:35 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • Also be sure to download Kore for your android or ios smartphone and turn it into a remote control for your Kodi as well as a nice index/inventory. Personally I prefer running a full Linux mint deployment with Kodi and Plex taking care of my streaming and media center needs and Kore on my handset.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.12.15 18:04:32 by coolfusion Reply

  • Sorry , i might be a bit slow and far behind . But do you need to have a streaming box ? or can one just use your PC ?

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.12.15 15:10:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : Nope, Kodi runs on most things, from windows to your phone. has the list

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.12.15 15:12:19 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 16) : awesome thanks . a guy at work was just telling me about how he watches his series on this . not streaming but he plays them through Kodi . And im like waiiiiit . isint thats the sport streaming app as well . so yea . here i am :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.12.15 15:14:05 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 17) : Pretty much anything you can think of is available (media wise) on kodi :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.12.15 15:23:54 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : I happen to use Kodi on a small PC (HP’s micro-server series). And I OBVIOUSLY use it for educational purposes.

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.12.15 15:25:25 by vanmartin Reply
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