Have you ever been frustrated with XBMC or Kodi when it seems like you’re spending more time trying to find a shows than the time it takes to actually watch it?

Since Kodi is an open ecosystem, lots of people set it up differently to their own liking.  It seems like no two Kodi users have the exact same configuration, add-ons, and methods of watching TV.  That’s where people like me come in… to share my experiences and offer recommendations to help you save time and frustration.

HTPC Flowchart Diagram for Sickbeard, SABnzbd+, Usnet, XBMCPreviously…

There are lots of ways to watch your favorite TV shows and movies using Kodi (formerly XBMC).  One method which I’ve covered before involves downloading videos automatically using a Usenet service and storing them on a hard drive connected to Kodi.

Over time, I’ve noticed this method is becoming less and less reliable as more downloads are failing due to DMCA take-downs or other reasons.  I wrote about a possible workaround by using a backup block Usenet account, but when it comes down to it, some video add-ons for Kodi are much more reliable.

Genesis Add-on for XBMC and KodiThe Genesis Add-on

I have found the Genesis add-on to be very reliable at getting just about anything can I think of.  Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t come across bad links (as you would in almost any Kodi video streaming add-on), but I have minimal bad links with Genesis and have yet to find a show that I can’t watch using Genesis.

Update: Genesis is Dead

Genesis is no longer reliable at all, and is actually quite broken now.  The developer, lambda, has moved on and developed a new add-on called Exodus.  Go ahead and save yourself the headache and skip Genesis, and use a better, newer add-on like Exodus or SALTS.

How to Install Genesis in Kodi or XBMC

To install Genesis, download the lambda repo zip file and install it in Kodi under System > Add-ons > Install from zip file.

Once the repo is installed, you must go to Get Add-ons > lambda Add-on repository > Video Add-ons > Genesis > Install.

You now have Genesis installed!

Genesis Add-on for XBMC and Kodi Banners

With Genesis installed in Kodi, you can now search, browse, and watch whatever TV Shows or Movies you want.

Pssst… If you’re concerned about your Internet service provider seeing how much video you stream, where you’re streaming it from, and what you’re watching, you should absolutely look into getting a VPN.  I use IPVanish and it works great.

Anyway, back to Genesis… One improvement that is needed is that when a new episode of your favorite show is available, there’s no easy way to get notified of it.  You will have to search for it to see if anything is new.

Not anymore!!!

How Merge Genesis into the Kodi Library

If you thought Genesis was cool, you ain’t seen nothing yet!…

Latest Episodes from Genesis Appear on the Kodi Home Screen Widget

Latest Episodes from Genesis Appear on the Kodi Home Screen Widget

Check out How to Merge Genesis TV Shows or Movies into the Kodi Video Library!

That tutorial will show you how to get Genesis TV shows to sync with your library so that brand new episodes of your favorite shows appear right on your home screen.

It’s a game changer.

Sync Genesis Across Multiple Computers

This is actually applicable to anyone using Kodi and not just Genesis users, but if you’ve followed my tutorials above down to this point and you have (or plan to have) multiple HTPCs with Kodi on them, you will want to make sure you set it up right using a MySQL library database.

Sync Genesis TV & Movie Libraries Across Multiple Kodi HTPCs

Check out How to Sync Genesis Shows and their Watched Status Across Multiple Computers!

With that tutorial, you can enjoy a seamless experience of having all your favorite shows in any room in your house.  You can actually stop an episode half way through, go to another room and resume that episode from that point.  It’s awesome!

Then, check out Add Shows to Kodi Genesis from any HTPC in the House!

That tutorial will show you how to change the location where Genesis stores the library files.  You can changes those paths to use SMB to point to the central HTPC.

Xbox One Integration

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Do you have an Xbox One?  Here are a couple tutorials that will show you how to integrate it with your home theater setup.

Xbox One & Kodi Integration

How my Xbox One Turns my Lights On and Off

Better Safe Than Sorry!

I always recommend to Kodi users who are streaming with unofficial add-ons like Genesis to play it safe and use a VPN.

A VPN will encrypt all of your data in and out of your home theater PC or even your entire house.  It also relays your data through a VPN server which you can pick from anywhere in the world or make it random.

The results?

  • Servers where you download from will not know where you are geographically (great for accessing geo-blocked content on servers found on Genesis or even Netflix and other streaming services)
  • Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) will not be able to tell what you are downloading or where you are downloading it from.

I personally use IPVanish and it works great out of the box and also has a nice interface for you to be in complete control over managing what server you connect to and other settings.  They also have 400+ servers around the worlds with great speed so you won’t see any drop in bandwidth speed.

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