Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open-source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms, with a software 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most streaming media, such as videos, music, podcasts, and videos from the internet, as well as all common digital media files from local and network storage media. Kodi is a massively popular app for cord cutters, and functionality can be massively expanded with a selection of addons.
For a lot of cordcutters, Kodi is THE app that makes or breaks their experience. You can stream locally stored media, or stream files via addons. There’s a lot of dodgy ‘builds’ for Kodi out there that offer you ‘free’ TV via a ton of add ons. We don’t recommend installing a build, you don’t know what extra software is being installed when you do and you can install all these add ons yourself via a fresh install of Kodi.
A lot of the functionality from Kodi may be unethical, or even illegal, so be aware when considering what cordcutting apps you want to use that while Kodi can offer a lot of content for free, there are ways to get most of the content through other ways – and you can support the content creators buy paying for services, or using add supported services.