How to download and install the ZDF Kodi addon on PC, Mac, Android, FireStick, Xbox One, Raspberry Pi? Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, aka ZDF, is one of Germany’s most popular TV channels. It covers everything from news, movies, TV shows, weather, to sports events. If you’re living in Germany or are a German expat living abroad, you’re probably looking for ways to add ZDF to your Kodi addons. Take a look at the instructions below for more info on how to install ZDF on Kodi.
The official Kodi add-on repository contains two ZDF addons: ZDF Mediathek and ZDF Mediathek 2016. You can use the steps below to add either plugin to your video addons. Keep in mind that only ZDF Mediathek 2016 offers live streaming of ZDF channels. Additionally, the addon won’t work if you currently reside outside Germany due to geo-restrictions. To bypass these geoblocks, you need to use VPN. More on that later.
Open Kodi and click on ‘Addons’.
From there, click on the Package Installer Icon in the top-left corner.
Now select ‘Install from Repository’.
Choose the Kodi Add-on Repository and then click on ‘Video Addons’.
Select ZDF Mediathek 2016 from the list and then select ‘Install’.
Wait for the ‘Addon Enabled notification’ and then go back to your Kodi homescreen.
Click on Addons -> Video Addons -> ZDF Mediathek 2016.
You have successfully installed ZDF on Kodi.
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That’s all you need to know about how to install the ZDF Kodi addon and watch both live and on-demand German videos on your FireStick, Android TV Box, or any other device you might have setup Kodi on. Have you tried installing the ZDF Mediathek 2016 plugin? How did it go? Let us know by dropping a comment below.
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