Aside from its amazing features and capabilities, what we like about Kodi the best is its compatibility with different platforms and devices. This also includes smart TVs. As you probably know, many of them run on different operating systems like Android, Tizen or WebOS. Every manufacturer has its preferred platform, which means that you have a lot to choose from. Kodi’s developers are always hard at work, which is why we can find numerous different variants of Kodi for different platforms. Still, Kodi isn’t available on all smart TVs. As you are about to learn, we are going to talk about various smart TVs in this article. If you continue reading, you will learn all you need to know about how to install Kodi on Smart TV.
Those of you who don’t like to tinker with custom installations will be happy to know that Kodi offers native applications for a selected group of smart TV models. However, you can also turn this into a fun project if you like to experiment with software. This is especially helpful in cases when Kodi doesn’t offer a native application. What this means is that almost every smart TV is capable of running Kodi in one way or another. Continue reading this article to learn more.
Disclaimer: We will be talking about Kodi – which is based on open-source code. In addition, it is publicly available and free of charge. TechNadu doesn’t claim any responsibility for how our readers decide to utilize the following software. Please note that we don’t condone sharing pirated content and copyright infringement. TechNadu is not affiliated with the software mentioned in this article in no way. Make sure to carefully read the above-said disclaimer and ensure the proper use of the software.
WARNING: Before You Continue…
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Getting Started: An Overview
We will try to make this article as helpful as possible by covering many different topics. Depending on what kind of smart TV you have, you can use the table of contents found above. This is where you’ll find different manufacturers and different installation methods.
Here is what we’ll cover in this article:
- How to install Kodi on smart TVs made by manufacturers like LG, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and more;
- How to check if there’s a native Kodi application available for download;
- Possible workarounds if there isn’t a native Kodi application available.
As you can see, this article will tell you all you need to know about how to install Kodi on smart TV. Even though it’s always the best if you can run a native application, there are some viable alternatives. Don’t worry, these alternatives will help you run Kodi without sluggish emulators. This means that you’ll get to enjoy in your library of content without any restrictions.
Install Kodi on Smart TV: LG TVs
Even though there is a large number of LG smart TVs, the majority of them are powered by WebOS. This isn’t the most powerful operating system out there, but it’s capable enough to run popular applications like YouTube and Netflix. You might be asking yourself if there’s a good reason why LG is sticking with WebOS. Well, that’s because this company has the exclusive rights on using and developing this OS. In case you didn’t know, WebOS was initially developed for Palm PDAs. However, it is powering TV models at the moment.
Let’s say it clearly – there is no way to run Kodi on WebOS. The only way for this to be possible is if Kodi’s developers decide to develop a separate version of Kodi. Still, there are many reasons why this won’t happen:
- Development of Kodi for WebOS means putting a lot of effort into a not-as-attractive option. It is true that this OS and Linux share the same basic code but they are drastically different, which is what makes this process complex.
- Even though there are many LG TV models out there, not many people use WebOS on a daily basis. You can easily see how it’s better for Kodi’s developers to focus on more popular platforms.
- Finally, there really isn’t a reason for Kodi to be present on WebOS. There are other ways to install Kodi on Smart TVs – and that’s via one of Raspberry Pi models. This is an affordable way to keep your Kodi installation separate from your TV.
Continue reading to learn more about other smart TV manufacturers or skip ahead and see possible solutions on how to install Kodi on smart TV models (workaround solutions).
Install Kodi on Smart TV: Samsung TVs
Smart TVs made by Samsung are powered by two operating systems. These are the company’s own Tizen as well as Google’s Android. Only one group of these TVs are capable of running Kodi natively.
If you’re using a Samsung TV powered by Tizen, you’re out of luck. There isn’t a native version of Kodi available and it seems like Kodi’s developers aren’t interested in developing it. There was some hope back in 2015 when it was disclosed that a Kodi port for Tizen was in development. However, it seems like that was an overly complex process. By 2017, we have learned that Kodi isn’t coming to Tizen anytime soon.
If you have a Samsung TV powered by Android, you’re in luck! Kodi is available on the Play Store, from where can be downloaded and installed. There is no need for tinkering. You simply need to launch the Play Store, search for Kodi, and hit the ‘Install’ button. What’s important to know is that Kodi for Android is a fully-capable application identical to any other version of Kodi. This means that you can download and install popular add-ons for Kodi, switch between different Kodi skins, and even try out some helpful customized builds.
Install Kodi on Smart TV: Sony TVs
Unlike other manufacturers, Sony is one of the companies that fully embraced Android. This is why you can find Google’s mobile operating system on Sony’s smartphones, tablets, and even smart TVs.
If you’re a proud Sony-made smart TV, there are different ways to use Kodi on your large-screen TV:
- Google Play Store: The easiest method to install Kodi on smart TV models made by Sony is via Google’s application store. Launch this application, look for Kodi using the search tool and download the application. You will be able to run it natively, without any restrictions.
- Screen Sharing: Android comes with its own screen sharing feature called Google Cast. This includes downloading Kodi to your Android phone or tablet and sharing its screen with your TV. If you’re interested in this feature, scroll to the last part of this article where you can learn about screen sharing in depth.
Install Kodi on Smart TV: Panasonic TVs
Panasonic has decided to build their TVs around a customized platform called My Home Screen. It is built upon Firefox TV but comes with a custom-tailored interface.
This platform comes with the most popular third-party applications like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. You can download and install them without any issues. However, you won’t find Kodi among those applications.
Owners of Panasonic-made TV are in the same situation as owners of LG TVs. Since Kodi doesn’t come as a native application, it needs to be run using an alternative method. This includes investing in a Raspberry Pi board or buying a Kodi box. We’ll cover these topics next.
Install Kodi on Smart TV: Workarounds
If you can’t run Kodi natively on a smart TV, you can use one of the available workarounds. These including installing Kodi on Raspberry Pi, using an Android Box, or sharing the screen from a mobile device.
Solution #1: Install Kodi on a Raspberry Pi
As said earlier, there is no way to run Kodi on LG’s WebOS or Samsung’s Tizen. However, this doesn’t mean that your smart TV cannot run Kodi. As you are about to see, you can install Kodi on Raspberry Pi and connect it to your smart TV.
So, what is a Raspberry Pi? This is a small board that requires you to assemble it into a computer. We like to say that if you like to experiment, you are going to enjoy this little project. First, you need to assemble a computer (which is basically a small board placed into a housing). Then, install Kodi and connect the device to your smart TV. However, an important requirement for this to happen is that your TV has an HDMI port. Your TV probably has several of these ports, which means that you can connect a Raspberry Pi without any issues.
We have previously published an in-depth guide on how to install Kodi on Raspberry Pi. Use the provided link and get this project started.
Solution #2: Use a Kodi Box
Installing Kodi on a Raspberry Pi model can be an extremely fun process. However, not many of us like to tinker with hardware or software. Don’t worry, we have a solution for those of you looking for a simple way to install Kodi on smart TV.
Kodi Boxes are devices capable of running Kodi natively. This means that they are standalone hardware units connected to smart TVs via HDMI connections. They are capable of connecting to the Web, which means that you can use them for streaming aside from storing your local library of content. On top of that, these can be used for other things as well.
Suggestion #1: Nvidia Shield
If you like to combine high-resolution streaming with gaming, we’d like to recommend checking a device called Nvidia Shield. This device is incredibly capable out of the box. It is powered by Android, which means that you have access to millions of applications and games. One of those applications is Kodi. All you need to do to install Kodi on Nvidia Shield is to open the Google Play Store and download the application.
Nvidia Shield is priced at $180. As you can see, this isn’t the most affordable device out there. However, it’s well worth the price if you like to play video games. This device is powered by a couple of sets of highly-capable components. This is why there are three models available, where the most expensive one comes priced at $300.
Suggestion #2: Amazon Fire TV/Stick
In case you’re not a gamer, we recommend checking out the Amazon Fire TV or Stick. This is a range of devices capable of streaming movies on Kodi, aside from running applications natively. Even though Kodi isn’t one of the native apps, you can install it if you’re willing to spend some time experimenting. We have published a guide on how to install Kodi on Fire Stick in an effort to help you with this process.
Amazon’s range of Fire TV products starts at $40. This includes the Stick with Alexa Voice Remote. The prices go up to $450 for the Fire TV Edition Smart TV.
Your choice doesn’t stop with these devices. There are numerous Kodi Boxes out there that come with different specifications. In addition, some of them can be quite affordable. However, if you’d like a device capable of streaming HD or 4K content, you’ll probably need to spend around $100.
Solution #3: Use Screen Sharing
Finally, we have come to our third option when it comes to running Kodi on smart TVs. If you don’t want to build your Raspberry Pi computer or invest into a Kodi Box, you can simply share your smartphone’s screen. Continue reading to see how this works.
Screen sharing means seeing the contents of your phone’s screen on your large-screen TV. You need to download Kodi to your smartphone first. Then, launch the Screen Share feature and use your smartphone to play movies on your smart TV. However, you should also know that some desktop computers and laptops are also capable of sharing their screens.
Here’s how to enable screen sharing on different mobile platforms:
- Android: There are different ways to enable screen sharing on Android devices (this includes both smartphones and tablets). You need to know that this feature is called Miracast on Android devices. Try searching in settings and make sure your TV and your Android device are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Windows: Some Windows devices support Miracast as well, especially if you have a powerful GPU (graphics). In some cases, Miracast is called Wi-Di on Windows devices. Launch the Start menu and try searching for the both of these terms. This also means that you need to install Kodi on Windows first.
- MacOS and iOS: Sadly, Apple-made devices don’t come with this feature. They come with their own screen sharing feature that only works between Apple-made devices. In other words, you can’t use it to mirror your screen on a smart TV. Still, you can install Kodi on MacOS and port it to iOS if you simply want to experiment with it, without sharing your screen.
Solution #4: Buy a New Smart TV
We’d like to finish this article by recommending a few smart TV models is you’re interested in buying one. Even though buying a new TV for the sake of Kodi isn’t the primary option for the most of us, it doesn’t hurt to know which models support Kodi natively.
We will give you a few suggestions based on the top-selling models around the world.
Sony Bravia TV
As we said earlier, Sony is one of the companies dedicated to Android. This operating system comes included with every Sony smart TV model. What this means is that you will be able to download Kodi from the Play Store and use it to its full glory. On top of that, you can use Kodi’s own remote as a smartphone application.
Aside from Kodi, Sony’s Bravia TVs come equipped with almost every popular Android application. You can install YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and more.
There are many different models available, where the most affordable ones start at around $700.
If you’re interested in spending a bit more on a quality-made smart TV, we recommend taking a look at Sharp’s AQUOS lineup. This manufacturer is known for quality-made devices that come with Android out of the box. On top of that, many of Sharp’s TVs are capable of playing 4K movies. This kind of resolution and Android OS isn’t an often-seen combination.
Since these TVs a are powered by Android, you won’t have to worry about how to install Kodi on Smart TV. Simply use the Google Play Store to download the application, free of charge.
Prices for Sharp’s lineup of AQUOS TVs start at around $1,300. They aren’t cheap, but they are well worth the money.
In case you don’t have any experience with Kodi, we’d like to provide useful resources found on TechNadu. After you install Kodi on smart TV model of your choosing, it’s wise to take a look at the following articles.
- A Beginner’s Guide to Kodi is the perfect place to start if you’re a newbie.
- The Ultimate Kodi Guide will transform you into an advanced user.
- Kodi Troubleshooting Guide can be used if you’re experiencing technical difficulties.
We hope that we helped you clear any doubts. We’re sad to say that if you don’t have an Android Smart TV, you have to use a workaround. However, you’ll manage to install Kodi on smart TV with a bit of effort.
in case you have any questions, feel free to post a comment. We’d like to hear about your experience of using Kodi on a large-screen TVs.