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How to watch movies on Kodi in 2020

Jul 20, 2018 · 6 min read

How to watch movies on Kodi in 2020

Kodi is an excellent, free, open-source media player that can be installed on a variety of devices to create your perfect home theater. In this post, we’ll explain how to install and set up Kodi to watch movies and why it’s best to use Kodi with a VPN.

Why choose Kodi?

  • Nearly universal media compatibility: If you can watch it, look at it, stream it, listen to it or read it, there’s a good chance one of Kodi’s many third-party plugins will support it. Some of those plugins are also the reason why you should use Kodi with a VPN, but we’ll cover that later.
  • Free, open-source software: Kodi is free and open-sourced. This can make it a bit trickier to set up, but it also means that it has been developed by a passionate community of developers who use Kodi themselves. Open-source software usually gets updated much more quickly, especially when security vulnerabilities are discovered, because there are more people working on it.
  • Works with different media sources: Paid streaming, free streaming, cloud storage, files on your computer – Kodi’s plugins let it process all sorts of media and display it on your device.
  • It works on tons of devices: As of right now, Kodi supports Windows, Mac, Android, iOs, Linux, and Raspberry Pi. There’s also an “Other” section that helps users implement Kodi on a number of other devices. This broad range of support is needed so that Kodi can work with traditional TV boxes, home computers, or any device that might broadcast content to a TV screen.

Kodi add-ons are a good way to discover movies

Why does Kodi need a VPN?

It’s always a good idea to use a VPN for streaming, and Kodi is no different. Not all content is accessible from every country. However, you can use Kodi with Nordvpn to access geo-blocked content that some plugins may not be willing to show you.

Unfortunately, this is a problem with most streaming services. Netflix, for example, is notorious for blocking users around the world from viewing US-specific content. Keep in mind, however, that accessing geo-blocked content may violate the terms of service with your content provider.

Other plugins in the Kodi environment may even offer content that you want to hide using a VPN. this may include content that your ISP or government won’t authorize, or content that you’d like to have remain private. Kodi can also be used to stream pirated content, but NordVPN does not condone such usage.

In countries where ISPs regularly practice traffic-shaping or throttling, a VPN can help you achieve better streaming speeds. If an ISP finds that you’re streaming video, they can decide to slow down your traffic – either to improve overall network performance or to squeeze more money out of their clients. Using a VPN makes it difficult for them to do so because they can’t tell who’s streaming.

Whatever the reason, it’s a good idea to secure your Kodi-enabled device with NordVPN. For some tips on how to use Kodi with NordVPN, click here.

How to add movies to Kodi

Surprise, surprise! The first step to watching movies is to download and install Kodi! For that, we recommend going to their website and following their instructions (click here). After all, there are far too many different devices to cover all of the potential instructions here.

Kodi comes with zero media pre-installed. To watch or listen to anything, you’ll have to add the right plugins. That can be easier said than done, however, so we’re going to show you how to add Kodi movie plugins from Kodi’s own repository.

1. After installing and opening Kodi, navigate to the Add-ons tab and click on it.

Find the Kodi add-ons tab.

2. Mouse over the Video Add-ons tab. If you don’t have any add-ons, it should direct you to the add-on browser (see step 6 if you do already have video add-ons).

Find the Kodi Video add-ons tab.

3. You’ll be looking at a list of the hundreds of video add-ons contained in Kodi’s repository. There are plenty here worth browsing, but for now, let’s go to the Classic Cinema add-on. You can scroll down to find it or click on the gear and arrow icon on the bottom left corner to open a menu that will allow you to search the list.

Browse the Kodi movie add-ons list.

4. Once you find the add-on you want, click on it. I’ve selected Classic Cinema, an excellent add-on featuring plenty of classic old movies.

Choose your favorite Kodi movie add-on.

5. This will open a new window for your add-on. You’ll be able to find an install link in the bottom right corner.

Install your Kodi movie add-on.

6*. (Only if step 2 didn’t work) If you already have an add-on or don’t see this button, then mouse-over the Download icon lower down on the page. This will give you a number of options on the right pane, one of which will be video add-ons. Click on that icon and you’ll be taken to step 3.

The Video add-ons tab will now contain your chosen add-on. You can enter it and select whatever content you’d like to stream.

You can also add unsupported icons to Kodi, but there are a few reasons you may not want to. First of all, those plug-ins often provide pirated content, which not all users will want to use. Second, Kodi claims that the add-ons in its repository are secure and warns users against accepting unapproved third-party add-ons. There have certainly been security issues with Kodi in the past. Third, these add-ons are usually a bit more difficult to install, so they may not appeal to the average user. If you want to use them, do so at your own risk!

Best Kodi add-ons for movies

Here are our suggestions for the best movie plugins for Kodi (from their repository and in no particular order):

Tubi TV

Tubi TV provides access to over 50,000 different movie and TV titles, quite a few of which are high-quality offerings.

Unfortunately, TubiTV is one of many Kodi add-ons that geographically restrict certain content. However, if you watch using NordVPN, you can evade those geo-restrictions and enjoy TubiTV’s full expansive library.


You can think of PopcornFlix as TubiTV’s little brother. This vast collection features interesting categories and a few hit movies on its own.


Crackle is a 100% free and legal library of movies and TV shows licensed by Sony. The movies are of varying quality, but there are a few standouts as well!


FIlmRise is a service that acquires film and TV licenses and hosts that content for free online. Their stuff is available on Youtube, but this addon lets you put all of your movies in one place on Kodi.

Classic Cinema

The Classic Cinema Online add-on is an excellent choice for anyone interested in the history of film and TV. This add-on scrapes the Internet for historical content that is now in the public domain (free of copyright) and puts it all in one place for you to browse and watch.

Snag Films

Much like FilmRise, SnagFilms has acquired a library of licenses and offers most of it online. Not all of it is available, but there’s still a lot – enough to make it FilmRise’s smaller brother.

BFI Player

This is a Kodi add-on that uses a library of films curated by the British Film Institute. Any movie lover will love this add-on, but it’s an especially good choice for historical film buffs or people looking for something special and unique.

Watching movies on Kodi is easy

Streaming on Kodi securely

Don’t forget that Kodi and VPNs go together like peanut butter and jam! From protecting your privacy to avoiding throttling and unlocking geo-blocked content, NordVPN is an excellent tool for improving your Kodi streaming experience. It can be installed on most consumer devices and on some routers as well, meaning it’s almost as adaptable as Kodi is! Along with all of the other benefits provided by NordVPN, that makes this choice a no-brainer.

How to install NordVPN’s Kodi plugin

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Daniel Markuson
Daniel Markuson successVerified author

Daniel is a digital privacy enthusiast and an internet security expert. As the blog editor at NordVPN, Daniel is generous with spreading news, stories, and tips through the power of a well-written word.

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