The streaming enthusiast amongst us will surely be aware of Kodi, but how many realize the reasons and importance of subscribing to a well-constructed VPN for Kodi service?
Below I explain some of the key points that all of us need to grasp before continuing or setting out on the exciting, entertaining journey that is downloading streamed content for your personal enjoyment.
Kodi – A quick overview:
Kodi is a free, open source media centre application that enables users to watch and listen to streaming media content. A significant reason for its rise in popularity is due to its compatibility with a wide range of operating systems.
The Kodi app can certainly be described as a very real enhancement to your personal viewing enjoyment.
It owes its popularity and notoriety to the fact that users can watch movies, live and recorded TV shows, sporting events and music videos for free. This is achieved through the use of third-party add-ons.
Operating system compatibility:
Those opting to use the Kodi app should not have any issues with the choice of operating systems it works with. These include:
- Mac OS X
It is important to understand that Kodi in itself is completely legal. The controversy relates to the fact that most Kodi users utilise third-party Kodi app add-ons to achieve live streaming of ‘protected’ content.
All benefits are based on using the Kodi app with a VPN:
As I go through the extremely valid reasons for using Kodi, and explaining how it works there is one premise that runs through the piece. These benefits and comments are all based on the fact that you should be subscribing to one of the best VPN for Kodi services available.
The VPN service offered must be robust and to this end companies who tout free VPN for Kodi services simply will not cut the mustard.
With regard to quality providers of VPN for Kodi use you will find my list of recommendations here:
Why a VPN for Kodi is required:
Three key words are all you need:
Snoopers come in many forms: Government agencies, your ISP, disingenuous hackers, take your pick, it would appear that everyone wants a piece of us. Without using a VPN for access while using the Kodi app, or indeed connecting to any other online service for that matter means snoopers have the opportunity of accessing your personal data.
Increasing numbers of ISPs are blocking Kodi app builds, add-ons and wizards. By choosing to subscribe to one of the best VPN for Kodi services you are masking your activity and achieving complete privacy while connecting to ‘all things’ Kodi related.
VPN for Kodi subscriptions hide your online identity and activity:
The best VPN for Kodi providers will give you peace of mind in terms of masking your online identity, and in turn your activity.
This is achieved in two ways:
- Traffic encryption: All traffic between your Kodi device and the VPN for Kodi server is encrypted meaning your ISP is unable to see it.
- Websites and content accessed is hidden: All websites you visit and any content you stream cannot be traced back to you. This is because the VPN for Kodi server is the middleman between you and the internet.
What that means is you are able to stream to your heart’s content without fear of your ISP or any snoopers being able to reveal your identity.
By the very nature of investment and expertise required to run such a service you should not expect the full protection if opting to use a free VPN for Kodi provider.
Geo restrictions lifted:
By using a well configured VPN for Kodi provider, and at risk of repeating myself, not a free VPN for Kodi provider, you will benefit from unrestricted access to content wherever that provider has servers.
- UK users who use the BBC iPlayer in the UK will find that when they are abroad that without the use of a VPN for Kodi service they will be unable to access the service.
- Subscribers to Netflix who want (and, in my opinion have the right) to access the complete US content catalogue from a subscription raised in their own country will be unable to do so. That is unless they use one of the best VPN for Kodi providers out there.
It is important to understand that any company offering free VPN for Kodi services will not tick all of the boxes that you need ticking in terms of safety, security and anonymity!
Fast, simple install:
Quality VPN for Kodi providers offer a quick, easy install procedure on most platforms. You should view the Kodi app simply like that; an app to be installed like any other!
So, the process is to install the VPN client on your device(s) and make sure it is running, then with the Kodi app installed, fire this up and away you go.
Android TV access:
The millions of us who are now using Android TV will be aware that this is simply an optimised version of the Android OS. In essence it has been modified to produce excellent viewing results on large (usually, flat screen) TV’s.
This means that we can download and then run any of the wide range of regular VPN apps from Google’s Play Store.
It should also be noted that the choice is getting wider. Many of the best VPN for Kodi providers out there now offer dedicated apps for Android TV. These are pre-optimised to enhance your big screen entertainment.
If you are tempted to use a free VPN for Kodi provider please check that a comprehensive, dedicated choice of apps are part of the package.
Amazon Fire TV stick – More involved but workable!
It may surprise you to know that the Amazon Fire Stick is just a heavily cloaked Android TV device that has been developed to work but with the majority of Google features stripped out.
The fairly obvious difference is that rather than accessing the Google Play Store feature you access a customized version of Amazon’s App Store.
The downside to this is that the Amazon App Store currently has far, far fewer apps available for use than the Play Store. Importantly this includes VPN for Kodi (or VPN for any other) use.
There is little doubt that this situation and your choice will improve, but until then you need to accept that unlike Android, the Fire Stick does not have a built-in VPN client. This fact prevents you from manually configuring a VPN for Kodi.
Where there is a will there is a way:
It is still possible to use the best VPN for Kodi services for Fire Stick use and can be achieved via a dedicated Fire Stick app.
While this method puts a considerable limit on your choice of VPN providers it is without a doubt the easiest, most convenient option. To check this out go to the homepage of Fire TV and search.
A final comment here is that most quality providers offering Android TV apps also offer Fire Stick apps.
This is very likely the case for companies offering free VPN for Kodi access but as I do not recommend this route under any circumstance we should leave this point at that.
Use of a Kodi Box:
An increasing number of those new to streaming are opting to use Kodi via a Kodi Box. These boxes are basically Android TV devices which come with the Kodi app pre-loaded and including a varying, and much needed selection of Kodi add-ons.
It must be said that these add-ons more often than not allow the streaming of content from what content ‘owners’ and authorities see as non-legal sources.
The use of a Kodi Box is akin to the use of an Android TV device. This means that you can access the Google Play Store and easily download, then run any regular VPN app. importantly this includes OpenVPN for Android.
Because of the grey area surrounding content issues it is absolutely essential that those using Kodi Boxes must use one of the best VPN for Kodi providers out there.
There are now a host of providers who offer dedicated Android TV VPN apps that have been specifically developed to optimise your large screen viewing experience.
It is an exciting time for streaming enthusiasts:
There is no doubt whatsoever that this is an exciting time for those of us who love the relaxation and entertainment provided by unlimited streaming. There is even less doubt that the Kodi app is helping a rapidly increasing number of users to enjoy this experience.
It has most definitely enhanced my leisure time and I intend that to continue in safety, security and anonymity. This will continue to be achieved by using what I feel is the best VPN for Kodi provider that fits my needs.
Whether you are an experienced streamer or just starting out down this route please take one final word of advice:
Ensure that when using the Kodi app you do so by subscribing to a VPN for Kodi service offered by one of the professional and committed companies out there.
Thanks for reading and keep a look out for more posts that really do tell you why using a VPN for any online activity really is the way to go.