Chromecast mirrors the display of a device to the TV screen. This way you can stream videos from various devices at your home to the TV. Kodi may be used as the media player on those devices. It is possible to stream from Kodi to Chromcast using a computer or Android device.
Kodi is well known for its add-ons that allow watching movies and TV shows online, but you can also watch them from your local storage. The definition of local storage is broad. It can be USB flash drive, DVD, local network, hard disk or movies and TV shows you downloaded with Kodi. Playing videos from local storage has a big advantage, as those videos can be played offline, without searching for working sources and buffering issues.
The PVR IPTV Simple Client add-on is an excellent tool for loading M3U playlists. However, it has one big disadvantage. It can load only one playlist. When loading a new playlist it overwrites the old one. Most people have multiple playlists, so this is a big limitation. Fortunately, there is the Playlist Loader add-on that can load multiple playlists. This obviously makes life a lot easier.
Downloading subtitles for movies and TV shows is one of the common activities when working with Kodi. Every time you want to download a subtitle, you first need to open the subtitles selection dialog manually and then choose a specific subtitle. However opening the subtitles selection dialog can be done automatically by installing the AutoSubs add-on.
You can control your Kodi using a physical remote control, but you can also control it using your phone. For the second option, you need first to configure Kodi to support it. Then you need to install and configure an application on your mobile device, which can be an Android or iOS device. After doing so you will be able to control Kodi with an application which is optimized for Kodi. Your remote device and your Kodi must be connected to the same local network for this to work.
You can control Kodi using the buttons of your remote control, but there is another way to control it which is a keyboard. Controlling Kodi using a keyboard is a great way to speed up things and improving your user experience. You can do all the common tasks like pausing a video or increasing the volume using keyboard shortcuts.
An RSS feed is an easy way to follow news and updates. Kodi uses a cool feature called RSS ticker to display those feeds on the bottom of Kodi’s home page. This works with the default skin of Kodi or with every skin that supports RSS feeds. Unfortunately, most of the users don’t know this useful feature even exists. RSS ticker is a great way to follow news and updates without leaving Kodi.
Usually, the users of Kodi use it for streaming movies and TV shows, so they can watch their favorite content online. A less known feature but an externally useful one is to download the content to your local storage. This has huge advantages, as you can watch it at any time without buffering issues or searching for working sources. You don’t even need an internet connection available.
The PVR IPTV Simple Client add-on allows loading an M3U playlist to Kodi. By loading the playlist, you can watch IPTV with thousands of channels from all around the world using the powerful live TV of Kodi. M3U is a file format for defining multimedia playlists by storing the locations of various media files.
Kodi is an excellent media center for watching movies and TV shows. However, it is much more than this and can provide additional services. Checking the weather forecast in your Kodi is one cool feature you should have. There are several weather services available for Kodi, and you can choose the one you prefer.