Kodi vs Netflix. What is the best streaming service in 2016? Before 2016, there was no doubt that Netflix was the best streaming service in the world. Even though it hadn’t launched in many parts of the world, you could easily use VPN or Smart DNS proxies to unblock American Netflix for example. That all changed in early 2016 when Netflix began clamping down on services that allow users to anonymize their location. Hence, the sudden rise of Kodi. Many people are, understandably, getting tired of Netflix attempts to stop them from changing their region to USA. So, they cancelled their Netflix subscription and turned to Kodi instead. But how does Kodi compare against Netflix? Read the following Netflix vs Kodi comparison to find out.
Kodi vs Netflix Best Streaming Service 2016
Kodi vs Netflix – Movies and TV Shows
While Netflix is now globally available, albeit a couple of countries, the content you get to watch varies greatly from one region to another. That is the primary reason why so many users change their Netflix region to USA. If you live outside the USA, Netflix suddenly does not seem such a great deal any more. Also, Netflix constantly removes and adds new titles to its library.
Kodi, on the other hands, has no limits on content you can watch. Whether it’s the latest Hollywood blockbuster or top US TV shows, all are available to stream. The drawback here is that some of unofficial Kodi addons are considered illegal in some parts of the world. That is why it is essential to use VPN with Kodi. If you have changed your Netflix region to USA before, you are probably already familiar with how VPN works.
Kodi vs Netflix – Live Streaming
Netflix is a strictly video-on-demand (VOD) service i.e. you cannot watch any live channels, news, or sports events on Netflix. Whether that will change in the future is uncertain. At the moment, it does not seem like Netflix have any plans to start offering live streaming.
While Kodi is not a streaming service per se, it allows you to stream popular live channels such as BBC, ITV, ABC, NBC, my5, and CBS via official Kodi addons. Once again, you have to use VPN to unblock some of these geo-restricted addons on Kodi. Live sports streaming channels such as NBC Sports, BeIN Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports can also be added to Kodi.
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Kodi vs Netflix – Compatibility
Netflix can be installed on almost all streaming devices. PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Smart TV, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nvidia Android TV Boxes are all compatible.
Kodi does not work on gaming consoles such as Playstation, Xbox, or Wii. Apart from that, you can set up Kodi on many streaming platforms which do include Amazon Fire TV and Nvidia Shield.
Kodi vs Netflix – Price
Netflix subscription price differs from one region to another. In the USA, Netlix recently raised the price of its one-month plan to 10$. While that is justifiable in USA, where the best movies and TV shows available, the price does seem steep in other region where not much valuable content is available to stream on Netflix.
Kodi is absolutely free to use. You can install and download it in a matter of minutes. The Kodi addons also come at not additional price.
Kodi vs Netflix – User Interface (UI)
If you are new to Kodi, there is definitely a learning curve involved. You have to learn how to install Kodi repositories and Kodi addons to get the most out of your Kodi. However, if you follow the many guides found online, the process should not be difficult at all. Netflix’s UI at the other hand, is probably one of the easiest to use. Netflix have always attempted to keep things as simple as possible. Simply click on the title you want to stream and watch it.
Kodi vs Netflix – The Verdict
There are two main drives behind online streaming: content availability, and price. That is why Netflix was so successful. You had access to a large library via the American Netflix region. Given that it is becoming harder and harder to unblock Netflix USA, more people are using Kodi. Perhaps, it is no exaggeration to say that Kodi will overtake Netflix as the number one streaming platform in the not so far away future.
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