Comparison of Kodi, PlayOn, and Emby – Similarities and Differences

Comparison of Kodi, PlayOn, and Emby - Similarities and Differences

It is the digital world that we are living in and right now it is safe to say that people spend almost half of their days streaming videos. It is justified because at the end of the day, watching videos, streaming live channels, listening to music, all of this is the best source of entertainment and it is quite addicting too. 

Now for someone who cares about which media platform they are using to stream all the HD movies, audios, and pictures etc, this article is a must-read. Today we are going to do a detailed comparison between three of the best and the most famous media centres, Kodi, PlayOn and Emby.

These three are widely used by people today. All of them have their advantages and drawbacks too. However, it is our job to help you assess which one is better than the other. Despite all this, no matter which media app you select, they can truly enhance your streaming experience.

In addition to this, you can even organize all your media files on them with complete ease and convenience. In case you have not tried any one of these, we recommend you try one right away.

All You Need to Know About Kodi

Kodi is one of the best and the most flexible media players that you will ever come across. It offers features that you will not find anyplace else and the best part is that it’s a highly compatible one. What we love about Kodi is that volunteers from all around the world are managing it and updating it that too for free.

So, in case you ever want some support or have any queries, there is a massive community that will help you. Kodi offers several add-ons that are free of cost and so flexible that you will be able to access nearly everything that you want out of a media player.

All You Need to Know About PlayOn

If you want to record or view videos of the other content providers, then PlayOn is all that you need. With PlayOn, you can record videos from any site possible and that includes, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, and even Amazon Prime. Think about it? Would not it be great if you could record your favorite shows from these sites and then view them even when you are offline? 

Well, that is great which is why PlayOn is there to help you with it. The best part about this media player application is that it is available for both, the iOS users and Android users. With it, you get to enjoy streaming videos from more than 60 sites and well, this application comes with an easy to use interface which is another major plus.

All You Need to Know About Emby

For those who do not know, Emby was previously known as “Media Browser”. However, it has come a long way since then. It is one of the most popular media centers that is currently being used by thousands of people. With Emby, you can store and organize all of your media files in the best possible way. Once done, you can then access these files from any device and any platform that you wish too.

The major plus of this media software is that it offers live TV streaming and even the DVR functionality feature is accessible for the users, free of cost. In the initial days, Emby had to struggle to get some rhythm but at the moment, it is one of the best media centers that you will find on the internet. Also, it offers the much-needed parental control feature as well.

These are some of the basics of each one of the media players that we are going to compare today. We hope that you now have a little know-how of what these media players are and what they have to offer. Now, let us move towards the differences and similarities between the three of them so that you can easily make a final decision on what platform to use. 


Features  Kodi PlayOn Emby 
Database Management Client interface Web Interface  Web Interface
Cost  Free Free & Paid Free & Paid
Support Community Professional Community
Maturity Levels Mature Becoming Mature  Established
Subtitle Support Yes No Yes
Add-ons Yes Yes No
Development Model Open Source Closed Source Open Source


Features  Kodi PlayOn Emby 
Installation and Setup Simple Simple Simple
Extensions  Various Various Various
Live Streaming Yes Yes Yes
Supported Medias Audio, video, images Audio, video, images Audio, video, images
Platforms  Windows, Android, iOs  Windows, Android, iOs Windows, Android, iOS


Final Thoughts

These are some of the major differences and similarities between three of the best media streaming apps available right now. It can still be very difficult for you to choose and pick any one of these players because they all come with some irresistible features that everyone would want to avail of. However, what you can do is that you can identify your needs and requirements first and then choose the one that suits you the most.

For example, if you want a media player to download and record all the movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, etc then, of course, PlayOn is what you should go for. If not that and if a live streaming experience is all that you want to enjoy then even Emby will work wonders for you.

Ultimately, you must select what is best for them based on your needs. Tell us what you think about this article and your experiences with these apps. We love hearing from our readers and your feedback is vital to our growth. Thank You.

Minahil Chaudhry is a content writer who has been delivering her best for 6 years now. She has interests in technology, societal issues and cryptocurrency. When she is not writing, Minahil loves making short documentaries and animations. She is also fond of cooking.

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