Tech Talk: Best Legal Kodi Add-Ons For Summer 2017

Being one of the most popular media streamers on the planet, Kodi made its way to pretty much every platform that runs some version of Android. While numerous copyright authorities around the world associate this platform with piracy — not without reason, mind you — Kodi offers plenty of legitimate options for consuming content and the service itself was and still is perfectly legitimate. So, if you're interested in cutting the cord this summer and are wondering what kind of options Kodi is offering, rest assured that there are plenty of great add-ons that you can use in conjunction with this solution without having to worry about violating any copyright laws.

The most obvious example of a useful and legal Kodi add-on is YouTube, with this particular plugin allowing you to access Google's robust video streaming service that's completely free to use. The official YouTube add-on for Kodi provides you with a simple way of streaming content from the most popular video platform on the planet directly to your TV and is both reliable and easy to use. Another great piece of software that will allow you to connect your Kodi box with a third-party service in order to stream content is Dmbc, a curiously named add-on that can pull content from your Dropbox and cast it via Kodi. If you use Dropbox to make backups of your family photos and videos or voice memos, Dmbc is the simplest method of granting Kodi access to that content. Note that this particular app wasn't designed to work as a standalone Dropbox client and you still can't use it to manage your cloud storage or upload new content to it. Just like YouTube, Dmbc is completely free for anyone to use.

Furthermore, if watching game streams sounds like your idea of a good time, you'll likely be pleased to know that Twitch also has its official Kodi add-on. The Amazon-owned video platform is the most popular streaming solution of its kind as far as gaming content is concerned, and its Kodi version is just as reliable as the original browser client. Once you're bored of games and are in the mood for something different and more traditional, you always have the option of installing the USTVNow add-on and enjoying a wide variety of TV channels on your set-top box. The range of content you'll be getting with this plugin is comparable to the one you can receive via a traditional antenna, as USTVNow grants you access to channels from CBS, NBC, PBS, NBC CW, and Fox free of charge. The only catch is that you have to be an American citizen with a valid passport who's currently located outside of the country, but if you fulfill those requirements, you'll also be able to expand the range of channels you're getting via the service for a nominal monthly fee.

Kodi is most widely used for streaming video, but there's nothing stopping you from listening to various radio stations with this versatile platform. There are plenty of legal add-ons for doing so and one of the most popular ones is called TuneInRadio which not only offers a massive database of radio stations but can also facilitate the process of discovering interesting channels thanks to its robust filtering and sorting features. Furthermore, if you're interested in taking your Kodi streaming to the next level, you can always opt to pair the platform with Plex, another streaming solution that is server-based instead of relying on a local database like Kodi and can hence provide you with a number of useful features including remote streaming and server-side transcoding. While Plex and Kodi are commonly viewed as two living room streaming alternatives, they're perfectly capable of working in harmony and since the basic version of Plex is free, you'd do well to test that particular setup. Finally, there are plenty of other great legal add-ons for Kodi that you can discover in the service's official repository that's updated on a daily basis and always has some new gems hiding in plain sight, so try to check it out for new plugins from time to time.

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