Hello and welcome to our installation guide for Jarvis. Kodi is an open source media streaming software that was formerly known as XBMC (XBox Media Center). Since splitting off to become Kodi, it has become a great method for cord cutters to view content they may be missing on TV. If you live in a foreign country, you already know the problems you face when trying to watch the same shows you used to. You can use Kodi with a VPN to avoid the geo restrictions and watch your favorite shows.
Kodi 16.1 (Jarvis) Install Guide
In this guide, we are going to install Kodi 16.1 (Jarvis) on our Windows machine. Keep in mind that there are quite a few steps involved in this process, so it would be wise to favorite this post, and refer to it if you are going to use Kodi on Windows. While you may already have some computer knowledge, it is not necessary is you follow this guide. Your first step here is to download Kodi (Jarvis) from http://www.kodi.tv website, as seen below. Since we are using the Windows version, you will want to click the installer link.
Now, you just run the file you saved and the installation wizard will launch. You see the first two screens of the wizard below, so go ahead and click next, and then agree.
The next step in this process is deciding where you wish to install Kodi. As like most programs, you are given a default location. Install it wherever you wish, be we like using the desktop so we can find it easily. Of course, you could always just make a shortcut from the location you chose. The final step asks you if you want to run Kodi now by providing you with a check box. If you are installing Kodi for later, leave this box blank. Otherwise, checking the box will open up a screen like you see below. This means you have successfully installed Kodi. For some additional instruction, keep reading and we will provide you with some great repositories and addons to help you view your favorite programming.
What you see below is the main Kodi screen. The Kodi developers call this theme Confluence. If you plan on doing other things on your Windows machine, you may wish to be in windowed mode. If you would rather leave it full screen, you can skip this step. Now, click on the system heading, and you will see the screen we show here.
To switch the mode to the windowed version, click on system and then video output. Here, you may scroll through the options of windowed and full screen. Once you are happy with your selection, go back to the main screen and choose the file manager heading as shown below. Kodi is now installed which gives you a baseline to work from. Our guide will now provide you with some some helpful tips for getting started with Kodi.
Configure Kodi Repositories
Now that you are on the file manager screen, The red arrow shows where you choose the source you want to add. Clicking that heading will bring up the “Add Files Source” box. The blue arrow shows you where to enter the web address for that source. Kodi works by using repositories, and they are typically abbreviated repos. There is a good youtube video that provides the basis for these choices, and it may be found here. Though you can certainly add more sources, we will give you the ones found in the video. These options will provide you with a great start. With these addons, you may add them in any order you want to, and it will not matter. Just be sure to follow the instructions.
We will begin by entering the following code – http://srp.nu in the source field. Now you need to name it. Truly, you can call it whatever you want to, but we suggest something logical. To help you find it more easily, adding a dot in front of the name is helpful. That would be something along the lines of .super repo for this one. Now, for the second one, enter http://kodi.metalkettle.co in the source field, and you could use the name .metal or .metalkettle for this one. Add another and use http://xunitytalk.me/xfinity for the third one. Call this one .xfinity like you see in the image below. Lastly, we mentioned viewing content as an expat, there is a site with a repo for that one as well. When adding the source for this one, use http://teamexpat.ninja/repo/ and call this one .expat or .teamexpat. After adding all of those, return to the main screen. Those are all the video addons that we will start with. On a final note, adding the source of http://areswizard.co.uk/ will give you the ares wizard, so you will want to follow the same procedure. The Wizard is a great tool for adding builds and tweaking your system, so we will give you more about that in a moment.
Configure Kodi Add-ons
Now that you are back on the home screen, proceed to the settings tab, and select the addons option. That will bring up the screen below. Click on the choice that says install from zip file, and choose the ones you just entered individually. Once you click on each one, if they were successful installs, you will see a pop up window in the lower right hand corner of the screen with the icon for that repo.
To get back to the main screen, push the home icon. Now you will want to click on programs, and get more. This list is mostly alphabetical, so look for addon installer. This very helpful addon will help you find the sources you wish. The screen should look like the one below.
Now, you have several options. That said, these are all popular addons, but for this example we will choose 5 different options to start with. Our choices are Exodus, SALTS (Stream all the sources), Channel Pear, Live Mix, and 1Channel Primewire. You can add others, but those are among the best. Of course, that all depends on your goals.
Now that you have done this, go back to the home screen and select video addons from whatever items you just added. This is where you search for the movies or shows you want to watch.
Since you now have the basics for installing addons manually, we will discuss the Ares Wizard. Kodi is very popular, and many sites have different builds. Those may include images from movies or popular tv shows, and have their own look and feel. The reasons behind selecting a build include changing the skin from default, and adding channels automatically.
Go to addons, and click on Ares Wizard. The wizard will set up and give you the option to tweak your system as well as browsing builds and addons.
This tool is good for performing a few different tasks, including browsing builds. They will all have their own font and organization, so you have many choices. We recommend using one that is popular, because those are the ones that are usually updated. In the image below, we chose one called Streetwise.
Using different builds will provide different options and experiences in Kodi. Depending on the the options you choose, you can watch the TV shows and movies like normal. If you wish to switch to a different skin, or go back to the original, select that skin from the Ares Wizard. From there, you can do a clean install, or use a different skin. Be sure to use a skin that is compatible with Jarvis, or else you may encounter errors.
To watch shows or movies, select one of the icons as shown in the image above, and use the search feature. You will see links to shows or movies, depending on which one you choose. While navigating through Kodi, you can add great free music channels like Tunein Radio by using their music option, and many more channels. Lastly, using Kodi in some ways leaves you vulnerable to geo blocks and tracking, so we advise using a good VPN like IPVanish with a large network and a kill switch feature to protect your privacy.
And that is all there is to it. If you follow the steps we mentioned, You should not have any issues while consuming content.