To “cut the cable cord” is metaphorical, and not as difficult as it may sound. Some believe this to mean their living room entertainment is now restricted to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, Blue Ray, and DVD’s; while others, no TV at all.
Neither is the case when it comes to TVAddons (originally known as XBMChub, which is a Third Party add-on to XBMC, but you don’t need to know all that yet), which can be installed on any Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, or Android device. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. With TVAddons you can:
- Watch any TV episode immediately after it airs.
- Watch any movie, unless it is still out in theaters ( then you have a 50/50 shot).
- Watch live sports (any sport in any country).
- Watch live local news and shows, or the local news of different cities.
- Play all your favorite old school video games from the original PlayStation to Atari, even Neo Geo (remember the ridiculously expensive Neo Geo?).
And the best part, it’s free! More than likely you already have an old laptop/computer, Apple TV, or Android phone/tablet lying around to install TVAddons. I suggest testing it out on one of these, and if you like it, keep it. But if you love it, Build the ultimate home theater PC for under $500 and watch it on your big screen TV.
Let’s Cut the Cable Cord
Step 1: Install and Configure TVAddons
Look for the logo that matches the device you are installing this on, click the “Install” link below it, and follow the installation instructions.
Now that your install is complete, follow the “Configure” link below the “Install” link you selected earlier. Configuring TVAddons is not required, but please trust me, it will save you a lot of headache… configure it! If you are installing on an iPhone or Apple TV, you will have to Jailbreak it first.
That’s it! There are no other steps for the TVAddons newbie, other than to get familiar and play with it for a while (I gave it a month) before you decide to turn off your cable TV and save $900 – $1200 a year.
However, let’s fast forward a month from now and assume you are a TVAddons expert (somewhat… you learn something new everyday with this system). Here are some additional features for the expert.
For anyone trying to watch live sports, use the SportsDevil add-on, found under Videos/Add-ons. If your current install of SportsDevil is giving you some issues, you will want to update it with SportsDevil Fixes, found under Programs. Please understand that you will be streaming live sports, so the quality may not be what you are used to; however if you understand the sport, you know where the ball is supposed to be. You can find any sport being played around the world through this add-on.
Turn your TVAddons media center into a video game console. Now, I have not pushed my gaming limits pass Super Nintendo. So, Sega Genesis, and regular Nintendo are equally my jam. Little Nemo The Dream Master, Madden 95, and Mario Kart all day! Other console games before Nintendo and up to Playstation are available, maybe even beyond PS1, but I have not tried.
Other than building an HTPC (Home Theater PC) for my installation, this is as far as I’ve gone with it. I will update this blog as I find something new. Thanks to the XBMC foundation, Kodi, TVAddons, Whitson Gordon of Lifehacker, XunityTalk, and TheSimmondsStudios for making this all possible.