A lot of people that purchase android boxes from me, give me the same reason as to why they want to purchase one.
They all want to cut the cord and venture on into the streaming world that is kodi and android boxes. A lot of people don’t really understand what Kodi is and think that using an android box for streaming video is going to replicate a tv experience. These people couldn’t be more wrong, the reason being is any addon you have isn’t going to replicate your local cable companies programming. It’s plain and simple, the addons used to stream videos grab links from multiple different sources allowing you to choose what you want to watch in a netflix style layout.
Now there is the possibilities of getting addons that have live tv channels streaming but these can often enough be slow, buffer a lot and the quality of the video isn’t very good. If you’re interested in cutting the cord you absolutely have to get out of the mindset that you’re going to be able to check the tv guide to see whats on and throw on a channel at a click of a button. If you’re familiar with netflix (hopefully you are) then think of kodi and one of the main addons you’ll use (exodus) as a free netflix. A netflix that will allow you to access a variety of content that is much more then what netflix offer. Exodus basically offers what’s on netflix and what’s on cable tv, have this all bundled in one and you have one hell of a viewing experience.
Also you have to think about your internet, if you’re internet is slow or not the greatest it could be, your streaming experience isn’t going to go as smoothly as what your cable company provides you. There is a way to help keep your streaming experience smooth by just doing a few simple things to insure an optimized experience. If your internet is slow, connect your box with an Ethernet connect do not use wifi as a hard linked connection will give you the fastest internet speeds. Try watching the videos in a lower quality, I know everything is HD these days but streaming a 1080p file takes up a lot of bandwidth, so maybe selecting a different stream that is 720p or even SD will help with your slow, always buffering streaming. If you’re currently streaming a TV show you can also try limiting the amount of devices that are being on your network, this is pretty easy to do if it’s only you in your home or if it’s you +1.
Another difference between cable tv and kodi is; not always having a source for the show you want to watch. Sometimes when trying to watch certain tv shows the addon you use doesn’t have any streams available for your request, so either you skip watching that episode or tv show , wait for a source to appear which may never happen or use a back up addon to find it. My personal lineup of addons I use to watch tv shows goes, exodus, specto and phoenix. If I can’t find something on exodus, I’ll search specto and usually find it but if in the rare circumstance that my plan doesn’t go my way I will opt to open phoenix and find it on there. There’s always something that could go wrong with using kodi but the same goes for Cable TV, kodi just has less technical support.
Another worrisome thing, that I get concerned about from time to time is that these addons we use to view tv shows and movies could stop development at a drop of a dime. The people that develop these addons do all their work for free and share it with the world. This is definitely a huge favor to all of us and we really should stop and take a moment to appreciate these people. The worrying comes when we don’t really know how long the addon developers will want to continue to work on our favorite addons before they either get bored or move on to a new project. A good example of this happening is when the most popular kodi addon was dropped like a sac of potatoes, this addon was genesis.
Luckily the creator of Genesis just wanted to move on to bigger and better things and developed the addon exodus which is still the most popular addon to be used on kodi to date. Genesis is also still around by the way, it was picked up by the filmkodi team and is now called “specto a genesis fork” I mentioned earlier in my post that this is an addon I have installed and use as a back up whenever exodus doesn’t have what I want to watch.
To sum things up, you can’t really do a fair comparison of comparing cable tv and kodi. Cable tv is a paid service which we pay outrageously high prices for, so these cable companies must make sure we have a stable and reliable viewer experience. Kodi on the other hand is completely free and no one is getting paid besides the companies compiling the kodi software on their android boxes and selling them to others. If you’re not paying for something and getting it completely free, you must expect that it will never be perfect, but if you like the idea of cutting the cord and saving money then purchasing an android box is definitely for you.