Are you having issues with a Kodi add-on streaming the wrong episode or even the wrong series?
Don’t worry, there are ways to fix it.
In this post, I’ll cover the reasons why this happens and some tips to resolve the problem.
The basis for this post comes from a question from a reader (like you) in the Forum. The gist is this…
Kirsty was watching a new TV show that just started airing. Only the first couple episodes have aired. She watched the first episode just fine, but then when she tried watching the 2nd episode, it would either play the first episode again or it would play an entirely different TV series with the same (or similar) name. She wanted to know how to fix this issue.
There’s kind of a lot to unpack in this issue, so I’m writing this post so hopefully I can help others who run into the same problem.
Why Does The Kodi Add-on Play the Wrong Episode or Series?
First, I’m going to explain why it does what it does.
These Kodi streaming add-ons are built to scrape the Internet for video links that are available to be streamed by using the TV show name, season number, episode number, and sometimes episode name.
The add-on gets this information by using TVDB which is online database of meta data about every episode of every TV show.
When you find the episode you want to watch, it uses that episode’s meta data to send to the scrapers. Scrapers take that data and search for video links. They usually return a bunch of links, but sometimes they are not all accurate.
Reasons why scrapers find the wrong links:
- Mislabeled file names on the hosted videos – People make mistakes. Sometimes videos are name inaccurately before being uploaded to hosters. That can result in the wrong video coming up in the scraper’s search.
- TV show names that are too similar – There are many shows that are named very similar if not identical to another show. For instance, there are many TV shows called “Dracula”. The only way they get it right is when the year the show started is in the title of the filename.
- Episode is too new – Just because an episode shows up in your Kodi add-on doesn’t necessarily mean it’s ready to stream. If it’s still the same day that the show airs, there probably hasn’t been enough time for someone to record it and upload it to a host. As a result if you try watching an episode that hasn’t aired yet, you’re bound to get links that are not what you’re looking for because what you’re looking for doesn’t exist on the Internet yet.
Because of these reasons, there are some tips for you to fix this issue when you get the wrong episode playing.
Use Play Using Instead of Auto-play
Most add-ons ship with auto-play enabled which means you simply select a show and it search for it and starts playing when it finds enough links.
When the wrong episode plays, that just means the first link was wrong. But, you can easily see the whole list of links and try each one for yourself until you find a good one.
To get the list of links instead of auto-playing, open the context menu with your episode highlighted, and select “Play using…”
How to open the context menu? Here are some options depending on how interact with Kodi:
- Press the menu button on your remote
- Or press the “c” key on your keyboard
- Or long-press the link on your touch screen
Once you select “Play using…”, the add-on with search for links and then present them to you in a list. Now, you can select each one to try them all out until you find one that works correctly.
Wait Until After the Episode Airs
This one can be hard, but sometimes you just gotta be patient. Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes the show simply hasn’t aired yet or there hasn’t been enough time for people to upload to servers to be available to stream.
The amount of time you need to wait varies a lot depending on how popular the show is. Extremely popular shows are usually available to stream within an hour after the show finished airing. But for other less popular shows, you might need to wait until the day after the episode aired.
Use a Debrid Provider for Higher Quality Links
I’ve said it over and over again, but subscribing to Real-Debrid or Premiumize is a game-changer for Kodi streaming. The links you get have better accuracy and higher bandwidth (which means less buffering).
Before subscribing to Real-Debrid, I kept auto-play off on my add-ons because I couldn’t rely on auto-play to select a good link. But after setting up Real-Debrid, I only use auto-play and rarely ever have issues.
Did This Help?
I really hope this post has helped you. If so, please let me know in the comments which part helped you the most.
If you’re still having an issue, leave a comment explaining your problem and what you’ve tried. I like to help.