The rise in popularity of Kodi has led to an increase in demand for the versatile media player.

Kodi is an open-source platform that is free and completely legal.

The open-source feature allows users to edit and customise it to suit their household viewing needs. In short, it's a clever bag-of-tricks.

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It's also easy to install on a whole host of operating systems including iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows, and Linux and is available for Android-enable devices in the Google Play store. 

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How you use your Kodi can become a bit questionable if you choose to go down the third-party add-ons road and start installing builds that give you access to paid-for content for free like sport, movies and live events. 

Doing so would mean that you are potentially watching legally infringing copyright material. 

With all the added focus on kodi from Intellectual Property watchdogs like FACT, the UK Government and their pending Digital Economy Bill, nation-wide, multi-agency task forces and digital content providers, the landscape of the platform is bound to change. 

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Here are five reasons why you should install Kodi  

1. TV Channels

You can watch channels from major networks including Comedy Central, BBC, The History Channel, and much more. You can also buy a streaming subscription service to watch premium movies and TV.

2. Stream Movies and TV shows

Watching your favorite movies and TV shows has never been easier. Unlike the iTunes library, you don't need to sync to your computer and home-share. With Kodi, you can stream content directly from your iPad, Tablet, Smartphone or computer to your TV.

3. Listen to Podcasts

Whether you want to listen to your favorite podcast or find a new one, Kodi allows you to add podcast feeds to the app so that you can view the latest releases.

4. Play Retro Games

Kodi is not just for watching movies or TV shows, you can browse and play a huge collection of retro games that you can install directly from your device without the need for a computer.

5. OneDrive

If you have lots of media stored on your Microsoft cloud, then you'll want the OneDrive add-on installed on your Kodi system. It gives you access to music, images and videos stored in OneDrive for an unlimited number of accounts. Ideal if you've integrated your own music with Groove using OneDrive.