Despite a Kodi addon crackdown, Kodi remains one of the most popular home theatre PC (HTPC) open-source software options. The robust media center offers installations for a variety of platforms ranging from PCs to Raspberry Pi boards and even set-top boxes such as the Nvidia Shield TV. While Kodi plays pretty much any file thrown at it, addons are another means to make use of the Kodi ecosystem. Learn about the best new Kodi addons for your media consumption! Over the years, several addons have come and gone. Recently, published a list of top 93 working Kodi addons. In this list, we will look at the 20 new Kodi addons that are becoming popular in 2018.
Table of Contents
- What is a Kodi addon?
- How to install Kodi addons?
- Best New Kodi Addons in 2018
- Best new Kodi addons in 2018: Final thoughts
What is a Kodi addon?
Ok, so what is a Kodi addon? This is a topic that has been covered in detail in our previous guides. Briefly, a Kodi addon is a package which brings new features and functionality to the Kodi media center. Although many addons provide legitimate content from official sources, addons are all community-sourced. Therefore, these may not function properly on occasion.
Starting with Kodi? Read these Kodi Beginner guides!
- Kodi Beginners Guide Series: Part 1 (What is Kodi?), Part 2 (Kodi Usage), Part 3 (Adding Media), Part 4 (Changing Appearance), and Part 5 (Folder Structure).
- Understanding Kodi Settings: Audio and Video
- Beginner Blueprint: Complete Kodi Setup Guide.
- Beginner Blueprint: Complete Amazon Fire TV Kodi Guide.
How to install Kodi addons?
Again, this has been covered in detail in our list of best Kodi addons. We recommend you to review that post for the latest installation methods for several addons. Briefly, you can install these addons from a zip file, from repositories, or using the GitHub browser addon. All these methods are explained in the above-linked article.
Best New Kodi Addons in 2018
We have covered several Kodi addons and published several lists before.
Best Kodi Addons:
- 20 Best add-ons for Kodi 18 Leia with installation instructions - 2019
- Top Kodi Addons: Ultimate List of 93 Working Kodi Addons in 2018
- 6 Must have Kodi addons for Broadcast TV streaming
- 6 best legal Kodi TV show addons – TV show addons for Kodi
- The 6 best legal Kodi movie addons – Movie addons for Kodi
- 5 Best Legal Kodi Anime Addons for your Kodi HTPC
- 10 Best Kodi Kids Addons List for your HTPC
So what's different about this list? Here we decided to focus only the 20 addons that either new or becoming popular this year. Without further ado, let's check out the best new Kodi addons for 2018.
Though it's featured an unofficial addon for Kodi, the official Plex for Kodi addon debuted bringing full-fledged Plex functionality to Kodi. Whereas initially Plex for Kodi was limited to Plex Pass premium subscribers, in October 2017 it went free for all. What's amazing about this is that Plex for Kodi lets users access their Plex libraries on any device which is Kodi capable, from a tablet to a Raspberry Pi. Rather than transcoding content on that device, you may simply run Kodi with the Plex addon installed and your Plex server handles all transcodes. What's more, you gain access to awesome Plex features such as its channel library and live TV plus DVR features. [Read: 10 Best Plex client devices 2018]
For anime fans, Funimation is a top choice as a streaming service. Among its top shows and movies, you'll find the likes of “Ghost in the Shell,” “Berserk,” “My Hero Academia,” and more. I use the Funimation NOW app across a plethora of devices including my Android phone and tablet, as well as the Android TV app via my Nvidia Shield TV. Because it's available for Kodi, the Funimation NOW app is a great option and one of the best new Kodi video addons you'll find. It's in the official repositories, so super simple to install. You will need to sign in to use the Funimation Now app for Kodi, and as such it requires a paid subscription.
In the smart home space, there are several different technologies for integrating smart home devices. Samsung's SmartThings is an intuitive Internet of Things protocol which connects a variety of devices for smart home control and smart home automation. For instance, there's a SmartThings hub for the Nvidia Shield TV and lots of SmartThings compatible security cameras. Using SmartThings Monitor, one of the niftiest new Kodi addons for 2018, you can track device events, and view metrics like battery and temperature warnings. [Read: Samsung SmartThings vs Wink Hub – Which one is better for whom?]
4. PS Vue
While many addons for Kodi focus on delivering on-demand content, PlayStation Vue differs. Instead, it's one of the best new Kodi live TV addons. With PS Vue, you can stream live TV from many channels. It's a fantastic cable replacement service for cord cutters, and the Kodi addon is a top choice. Because it's in the main Kodi repository, PS Vue for Kodi is an awesome solution to stream live TV and movies on Kodi. However, it's also a neat means to watch on-demand and DVRed material. [Read: How to install PlayStation Vue on Kodi]
Like Funimation NOW, Rooster Teeth is one of the most popular Kodi addons. Ranking in the top new Kodi video addons, it allows users to stream videos produced by Rooster Teeth such as “RWBY.”
If you've yet to use Crackle, you're missing out. It's one of the top new Kodi addons for movie and TV show streaming. Everything available in Crackle is free to watch and all content is streamed in full. There's a minor catch which is that Crackle does feature ads. However, the service is free and it's a small sacrifice for free movies and TV shows. While much of the content from Crackle is syndicated, Crackle does provide its own original content as well.
Spotify is one of the top streaming music services. Considering this, Spotimc, a means to install Spotify on Kodi, stands in the most popular Kodi addons. It's easy to install via third-party repos or with the GitHub page. The user interface is pretty polished, making it a must-install for Kodi users.
For cord cutting, FilmOn is a great addition to any Kodi media center set up. It's not in the official repository, but you can find it in the alternate repositories like Fusion. It's packed with live streaming functionality and on-demand video. Therefore, it's a great new Kodi live TV addons option.
You'll find TVCatchup highly touted in the best new Kodi video addons. It's a service for watching free video-on-demand from a variety of sources. There's also live TV streaming, making this a must-have Kodi addon.
10. Comet TV
For cord cutters, free live streaming channels are a must-have Kodi addon. It's one of the best new Kodi movie addons for sci-fi content. You'll find a smattering of movies, TV shows, and more on this awesome service.
Another free, legal source of movies and TV for cord cutters, Pluto TV offers apps for several platforms. One such ecosystem is Kodi. With Pluto TV, one of the new Kodi addons every cord cutter needs, you can stream and watch on-demand content from hundreds of channels.
Vice rose to prominence as a renowned media outlet. As such, its Vice Kodi addon is a best bet for news consumption. Its videos are informative and thought-provoking, and the addon is in the official repositories.
Like Plex for Kodi, Emby server is a great way to stream your movies, TV shows, music, and more to your client devices. Because of the Kodi plugin, any Kodi capable device is a solid Emby client.
14. Snag Films
Offering its share of quality videos including tons of documentaries, Snag Films is an awesome on-demand video source. As one of the most popular Kodi addons, Snag Films is easy to install from the official Kodi repo and has tons of legitimate streaming video content.
Aside from gaming video game streaming is super popular. Though you'll find many services for game streaming, Twitch remains the most well-known of these game streaming options. Not surprisingly, its Kodi addon is one of the best new Kodi addons for watching your favorite streamers. [Read: 10 Best Kodi Gaming Addons 2017 – Retro and Modern Games]
Sports can be tough to stream. However, with NBC Sports Live Extra, one of the top new Kodi live TV addons, you can stream loads of sporting matches from football (soccer) to tennis and more.
Unfortunately, Kodi lacks some popular streaming apps such as Netflix. However, streaming media company PlayOn features a workaround for watching content from virtually any provide on Kodi. Since PlayOn brings the likes of Netflix videos to Kodi, it's an awesome service. However, legality is questionable so be careful when using this service. For merely streaming content from services you legally pay for such as Netflix, that's in theory fine. But if you're recording content, that's clearly illegal.
As a media buff, I'm a huge fan of apps which provide free, legal movie and show streaming. FilmRise is a fantastic service for both. Here, you'll quickly be on your way to streaming the likes of “3rd Rock from the Fun,” “Cybill,” or “Unsolved Mysteries.”
19. Steam Launcher
Gaming in Kodi is really feasible. Steam Launcher is a super cool addon that launches Steam in Big Picture mode for playing games on your TV or monitor with Kodi. It's in the official repository, and a neat means to stream games from your PC to your Kodi media center. [Read: 10 Best Kodi gaming addons 2017]
Here at SmartHomeBeginner, we're big fans of automation in the smart home and HTPC spaces. As such, CouchPotato is a go-to for many of us. This service automates movie downloads even renaming files and scraping metadata. With CouchPotato Manager on Kodi, you can list your movies, view wanted movies and trailers, begin downloads, and more. Please only download legal movies however, as there are plenty of legal torrent sites. [Read: How to install Kodi CouchPotato Manager addon]
Best new Kodi addons in 2018: Final thoughts
Kodi remains an ever-changing landscape. Originally an Xbox media center, aptly named XBMC, Kodi expanded to a smattering of platforms. Now, it's best known for its array of addons as well as comprehensive multimedia playback capabilities. I use Kodi on my Raspberry Pi running RetroPie, Linux laptop, WeTek Play 2, and MeCool BB2 Pro. My most used Kodi addons are Plex for Kodi, Funimation NOW, and PS Vue. However, I also enjoy the SmartThings addon, Steam Launcher, and many cord cutting apps like Crackle and Pluto TV. Once you have one instance of Kodi configured all your favorite addons, you can easily clone Kodi setup to other devices.
Which Kodi addons do you suggest for 2018?