Many of us consider Kodi to be the Holy Grail of Streaming. The platform acts as an open-source home theatre, which has allowed the community to create a host of Kodi add-ons.
But even the official add-ons start introducing a problem common to every streaming platform in the world: geo-location blocking. The content available to you depends on what country you’re in.
Luckily, there’s a solution!
To unblock Kodi content from around the world, you need to use a VPN.
Why the Geo-Blocking?
At its bare-bones level, Kodi simply gives you a better way to watch the movies and series you already have on your device. It’s those add-ons that give you streaming access by tapping into the content libraries made available by other platforms.
While the above is perhaps an over-simplification, it’s the reason Kodi users encounter geo-blocking.
For example, let’s assume you’re using a Kodi add-on that allows you to stream Netflix. But Netflix has different content libraries for different countries – so you’ll only be able to stream movies and series that are available in your country!
This all comes down to a matter of money.
Streaming services have to pay for distribution rights to copyrighted content. And sometimes the copyright owners sell those distribution rights to other broadcasting platforms.
So, to protect the copyright holder’s source of income, streaming platforms put geolocation blocks in place.
How to Unblock Kodi Content with a VPN
At Best Kodi Tips, we have a whole section of articles dedicated to Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs. If you’re unfamiliar with them, you can read all about it in this post: What is a VPN and its Importance in the Online World.
A reliable VPN will mask your IP address, making it look like you’re in a different country by making it look like the VPN server’s IP is yours. And unlike a proxy, a VPN will also protect your online privacy!
So how do you do it?
First, you need to find a reliable VPN and create an account with them. Once you’ve installed their app, you should log in and connect to a VPN server. If you’re in Europe and want to watch something that’s only available in America, you should choose a VPN server in the US. The best VPNs will even tell you which servers work best for streaming!
After you’ve made sure you’re connected to the VPN server, you can run Kodi and start streaming the content you want to watch.
“Just keep in mind that not all VPNs will work with Kodi,” says Mandee Rose, Chief Editor of VPN reviews site TheVPNShop.com. “In fact, some of them will sell you out to the FBI or other third-party agencies.”
When looking for the best Kodi VPNs, Mandee encourages readers to make sure the VPN works with Kodi, has 256-bit AES encryption, lots of servers, a strict no-logs policy, and live chat support at the very least.
Don’t let geo-location blocks disappoint you when you’re trying to stream a movie, show, or sports event you’ve been looking forward to!
VPN technology is more affordable and available than ever before to help you enjoy Kodi to the fullest. As long as you’re smart about the VPN you choose, it’ll reopen the entire world of content for you!