In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install one of the best paid sports streaming Kodi add-ons, SportsNation HD. I’ll show you how to subscribe and save a ton of money by ditching cable.
I’ll start off this post by quoting a comment by Brian McBride on this Facebook post…
What a crap service via Kodi tonight watching football & every so often the stream would kick itself out & have to keep reloading the stream I was getting very frustrated by it. Why does this keep happening? All the other streams keep saying “not available”. There was a list of 12 streams & only 1 was working… the one that kept kicking itself off????
What Makes Streaming Sports So Different?
This frustration is probably all too familiar to most Kodi users. In the realm of TV shows and movies, this was solved by Real-Debrid.
However, sports are a bit more difficult than movies and TV series since those are set with a finite number of episodes and are easily hosted on servers for people to enjoy for years.
Sports, however, are in very high demand at the time when the game is on, and then demand is almost completely dropped to nothing by the next day.
This makes it much harder for servers to keep up to the spikes in demand.
Paid Streaming Services are the Only Way to get Sports (reliably)
I know that everyone in the Kodi community wants everything for free. But, just like we all started paying for Real-Debrid because it became totally worth it, the same could be said for getting access to live sports. If you’ve ever tried using SportsDevil, you know what I mean.
I did some research to see what services were out there, and I came to Mania HD (formerly Sports Nation HD) which comes from Sports Mania. The Sports Mania service is closed to any more new registrations, but Mania HD is currently open.
Here is what Mania HD looks like…
It has a ton of channels and streams for just about anything you can think of sports related. The stream quality is also very good.
How much does Mania HD cost?
Like I said, this is a paid service, so you will need to register and subscribe. You can do so on this signup page.
Here’s what the pricing is like…
With the 1 Year subscription, it comes out to just over $5/month which is a really good deal.
By the way, Mania HD does not have any kind of affiliate program and I don’t receive any incentive for selling their service. I’m simply giving an unbiased recommendation based on what I’ve found because I know a lot of people struggle with Kodi when it comes to sports.
How to Install Mania HD:
If using Kodi 17, first go to Settings > System Settings > Add-ons and set Updates to Notify, but don’t install updates (This is a workaround for a bug where the add-on doesn’t install)
- Go to SYSTEM > File Manager > Add Source
- Select None and type
http://sportsmania.rocks/repo/http://themaniaservices.com/repo/ or http://willowsrepo.com/repo (updated June 2017)
- In the box below, enter a name for the source, like Mania, and select OK
- Go back and go to SYSTEM > Add-Ons > Install from zip file
- Select Mania > repository.themaniaservices-x.x.zip
- After you see the Add-on enabled notification, select Install from repository
- Select The Mania Services Repo > Video Add-Ons > Mania HD
- Select Install
If using Kodi 17, go back to Settings > System Settings > Add-ons and set Updates back to Install updates automatically
What do you think of Mania HD?
Did you get a chance to try it out? How was your experience? Good? Or, did you have issues? Let me know in the comments.
Also, do you have any recommendations of other add-ons for sports that might be better? Please let me know in the comments.