Kodi is a very popular open source media player provided for just any device or operating system and gives something slightly different to normal standard media players. Customization is the key. Due to a number of third-party add-ons, Kodi is available for you to watch live TV, latest videos and listen to music.
Though Kodi is not available to download via the App Store, we can provide you with the method to install Kodi on your second- or fourth-generation Apple TV.
Kodi was previously known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center). It is an absolutely free open source media player available for all the operating systems and hardware platforms like iOS, TVs, Android, Windows, Mac, Amazon Fire TV and many others.
Kodi allows its users to view videos, play music directly from the internet and also media files from local and network storage. Though granted users can use AirPlay to browse content to the Apple TV through an iOS device, however, Kodi offers something rather different.
Through a little customization and a variety of add-ons users can find content via the Amazon Prime Instant Video, YouTube, Spotify, and Pandora. There are many apps which provide Kodi users with live TV streaming complimented by an EPG and PVR support.
Installation of Kodi on fourth-generation Apple TV
Though it is not as easy as installing an app from App Store but in order to install Kodi on a 2015/ fourth generation Apple TV you only need some know-how and obviously a Mac (Not applicable for PCs).
Before going any further, you need to download the following software to install Kodi on your fourth generation Apple Tv.
- iOS App Signer utility for Mac (Available free)
- Most advanced Kodi .deb file for TVs ( Available free)
- Xcode 8 or later (Also available free)
- Apple Developer Account (Free and Active)
You will also need a USB-C to USB-A cable. It is easily available online, for example on Amazon.Now that you have your cable with you and you also have downloaded the above mentioned apps, follow the following steps to install Kodi on your fourth generation Apple TV;
How to install Kodi on New Apple TV
- Connect the Apple TV 4 to your Mac via the USB-C to USB-A cable referred to before.
- Now that the Apple TV is plugged in, go to the latest version of Xcode and open “Create a new Xcode project” in the main menu. Open “Application” option present in the tv section at the left hand side of the window. Now select “Single View Application” and click on the “Next” option.
- In the next step, you need to specify the option for the ‘new project’.You need to assign your project a product name and an organization name (of your choice). Make sure to fill in the Bundle Identifier. Bundle Identifiers normally take a reverse-domain style name and you can also make this up. Now that you have filled out all fields, select “Next” and save the project somewhere you can access easily.
- In case you see an error in the main Xcode window telling that the software cannot locate a “matching provisioning profile”. Click on the “Fix Issue” and the software will resolve the issue itself.
- In order to resolve the issue you need to access to an Active Developer account and you will be led to signing in with the Apple ID linked to the developer account. Click on “Add” option and sign in with your email address and password. For this, you need to simply select your Apple ID from the drop-down box and select “Choose” option to proceed. Xcode will resolve the issue and form a provisioning profile based on your personal developer account.
- Now that the issue has been resolved, in the next step, you need to select the Apple TV from the drop-down box at the top of the Xcode window (present along with the Play and Stop options on the top left-hand side).
- Now open the iOS App Signer app and click on the relevant “Signing Certificate” in the drop-down. Follow the same procedure for the “Provisioning Profile” field by selecting the name of the project you made in Xcode. Now the “Input File” will ask for Kodi .deb file, so click “Browse” and select the file you downloaded earlier. Fill the “App Display Name” field if you want to rename the app on your Apple TV home screen.
- Once you have filled out all the applicable fields, simply select the “Start” option.The iOS App Signer app will generate an IPA file based on the Kodi .deb file, all set to be installed on the Apple TV.
- In Xcode, click on Window> Devices, choose your Apple TV from the list on the left-hand side. Click the “+” option under the “Installed Apps”.
- In the final step, you need to locate the IPA file created within the iOS App Signer app and then select the IPA file.
Now you have complete access to Kodi on your fourth-generation Apple TV.