There are many people who can’t be bothered with trivial details about what kind of media player they have on their PC and whatnot, but at the same time, a growing number of techies are more and more concerned about what kind of media player with what capabilities do they have. As such, if you are one of those people with nothing better to do than check out media players with better features for your computer, well then, you’re in luck, because we’re tasked with finding something close, and boy do we have the answer: Kodi.
Kodi is a media player, like many others, but with something special in it. And while we’ll discuss Kodi and how its better than your run of the mill Windows Media Player, we’ll also take a shot at how to install Kodi on Chromecast. As movie streaming gets popular, it would stand to reason that media players with the capability to stream live from devices would also catch on, and that is just what has happened with Kodi.
Initially only used by the developer community and the tech-savvy, it has since grown to include people who look for entertainment value and convenience in a media player, and Kodi has found a home with those users too. Needless to say, Kodi media player should be on your list if you’re looking for something that works well, especially if you stream with a Chromecast. So, our first order of business would be to explain how to add Kodi to Chromecast or how to download Kodi on Chromecast.
So, the answer to the question can you use Kodi with Chromecast is yes, you can, and actually when you do it, it’s pretty convenient that you don’t need to wait for buffering with Chromecast, and you have maximum control over the stream with Kodi. Its like a match made in heaven.
How to install Kodi on Chromecast?
It isn’t so much downloading Kodi on Chromecast, as much as using the latter to stream directly from the PC, which will be running Kodi on it. So, to start, you might want to look for Kodi on Google and check out the Downloads section; as there are many versions (considering that Kodi is an open-source software). Look for the latest version and download it. Install it on the PC and make it the default media player for any content that gets played on the PC.
After that, you will need to start work on the Chromecast dongle. Once you have connected it with a display, you will be able to give it a name, with which it will broadcast itself. For instance, if the Chromecast is plugged in the Living Room TV, you could call it as such and call it a day. Then once the Chromecast has been set up, start by connecting the PC to it.
Load up Chrome on your PC, and in the menu, look for the Cast option. In the Cast menu, you will find ‘Cast Screen’ option. Click on it and select ‘Cast entire screen’. This will allow the Chromecast to display whatever you do on the PC on the external display.
Now that the setting up part is over, load up Kodi on your PC, and start streaming to the Chromecast connected to the external display. Now, you’re using Kodi with Chromecast and can easily control your media being played while it is being streamed on the big screen.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is an open-source media player and software that was initially released as a media player for Xbox but recently has become quite the mainstay for Windows and Mac PCs. It is important to note here that Kodi is only compatible upto Windows 7. Anything above than that, you’re on your own. The player will work, but certain add-ons will not operate properly and the software itself will have some problems.
But there’s no need to be concerned, because the company behind Kodi is working on a patch that will make the media player compatible with Windows 8, 10 and the soon-to-roll-out Windows 11. It has lots of functionality, lots of features and a whole slew of customisability and skin options that can change how the player looks, operates and feels, which is much more better than Windows Media Player, at the very least.
Why use Kodi?
Because Kodi is open-source, it allows for a host of changes and improvements that you can do to the base player. For instance, you can change skins of the player, ranging from community-made to your own customised skin (if you know graphic designing and whatnot), and that is saying more for Kodi, considering that many media players won’t let you do that, changing the appearance and the skin of the media player.
This is in addition to the host of all the other additions that you can do: add-ons, that range from incredibly useful to some that are illegal to use and can get your device banned for using them with Kodi. Some are pretty helpful, like the extension that can help you stream directly from popular streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu and other popular streaming sites. There are other add-ons that you can use with an open-source software like Kodi, and the benefits just keep on coming.
Using Kodi with Chromecast
Chromecast, as many users will point out, does not allow for applications other then authorised by Google to be downloaded and used on it. As such, we’re not looking for downloading Kodi on the dongle per se, but rather using the streaming and casting features of it to share our screen with a larger display, which is connected with Chromecast.
A flagship product of Google’s streaming and casting services, Chromecast has over 150 million users to date and is among the most successful products to have been launches by Alphabet Inc, which is Google’s parent company. And now, you can use Kodi on Chromecast, which speaks volumes about both of their user-friendliness and functionality.