SportsDevil is one of the best known and most popular live sports addons available. It has long been a favourite with Kodi users thanks to its huge range of content, a vast network of sources, and its reputation for always having at least a few working links to all the biggest events. For a long time, it had a home on the Smash Repository, but since that disappeared it had been unavailable.
But now it is back, with a new home on the Kodil Repository, an updated version, but the same great range of content and service that users have to expect and to love. In this article, we will tell you all you need to know about how to download the latest version of the SportsDevil Kodi addon as well as remind of just what it is that makes SPortsDevil one of the best live sports addons available for Kodi.
Quick reminder, use protection
If you are planning to watch live sports coverage through the SportsDevil Kodi addon, it is essential that you also make use of a VPN. This is because in recent months there has been a huge crackdown on copyright infringement through unofficial Kodi addons and sports copyright holders have been at the forefront of this push. As a result, users of addons such as SportsDevil have found themselves in receipt of legal letters or even facing further legal action as a result of using these addons. But a VPN can offer some protection. It will encrypt all of your internet data and change your IP Address, which helps to keep your online activity safe from prying eyes and potential legal threats. The question all Kodi users should be asking themselves is not whether to buy a VPN, but which one to invest in.
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How to install the SportsDevil Kodi addon
For a long time, SportsDevil has been accessed by most users through the Smash Repository. But with the demise of that popular repository, there was a short period when SportsDevil was unavailable to download. But it remained supported and now it is back having found a new home on the Kodil Repository. It is simple to download and install it onto your Kodi media player, and to help you get everything set up, here is a simple step-by-step guide:
- Open Kodi and select the Settings icon, which looks like a gear wheel, and is located in the top left of the screen.
- Click the File Manager tab which can be found at the bottom of the screen, then double-click on Add Source
- In the pop-up box called Add File Source, click where it says <None> and then enter the following URL exactly: https://kdil.co/repo/ then click OK. You will need to give this new source a name, such as Kodil, and then click OK again.
- Go back to the Kodi home page and this time click on Addons.
- Then click on the Addon Browser icon, which looks like an open box and can be found in the top left of the screen.
- Click on Install from zip file, then select Kodil and click on a file called Kodil.zip. Click OK and this will install the Kodil repository onto Kodi.
- Downloading and installing the Kodil repository can take a few minutes, so stay patient. Once it has been installed successfully, you will see a notification in the top right of the screen.
- Now return to the Addon browser menu and this time click Install from repository. Then scroll down the page to find the Kodil repository.
- Open it and click Video addons, then scroll down the long list of addons, which is mostly alphabetised, until you see SportsDevil listed. It will be under S. Click on it and then click install and the addon will be downloaded and installed onto your Kodi. You will again see a notification in the top right of the screen when it has been successfully installed.
- Return to the Kodi home screen and select Add-ons again. The SportsDevil addon will now be listed under Video Addons and you are ready to start watching some live sport.
SportsDevil Addon Reviewed
SportsDevil remains one of the most popular sports addons for Kodi, despite its brief period of unavailability. For those not already familiar with it, SportsDevil is not technically a streaming addon itself. Rather, it is an aggregator, which sources links to live sports streams from various locations around the internet and allows users to access them quickly and easily from a single location.
The beauty of SPortsDevil is in its simplicity and ease-of-use as well as its depth of content. Nowhere is this more apparent than on its main menu, where users are met with just six options. They are:
A really neat little feature where you can store links to your favourite events or from your favourite sources to access them easily next time you log-on.
This menu option has links to two German language sports blogs and for most users is an option you will only ever click on once.
This offers links to six different sites all of which offer sports highlights. The range of content available here is not huge but then highlights and on-demand content are not what SportsDevil is all about really.
The final three options on the menu are where the SportsDevil action is mostly to be found. And it begins with the most important of the menu options, Live Sports. This link opens up links to the 14 main sites where SportsDevil sources its live sports links from. Obviously, these sites can change on occasion, but at the moment, those available are:
Each of these sites offers links to a wide range of live sports content. As some names suggest, there are a few which specialise on football and a few more that a language-specific too. But generally speaking, if you are seeking a stream for a sporting event, it is well worth exploring each of them to find the most reliable and best quality streams you can. Over time, you will no doubt settle on a site which offers the best coverage of what you are after.
This section offers users links to watch live streams of major sports-focused TV channels from around the world. Again, the sources SportsDevil uses can change from time to time, but as we tested it, the sites available were:
Each of these sites offers links to live sports TV channels, which are often a great alternative if you know what channel the event you want to watch is on but can’t find a reliable feed.
In a bit of break from the rest of the addon, this menu options offers links to various sites that offer a wide range of live TV streams. This includes some sports channels but much more besides. By all means, take a look around, but if you are after a general live IPTV addon, there are others that do the job better than SportsDevil.
SportsDevil Pros and Cons
A brief search for SportsDevil in Google will reveal that there are some very heated viewpoints about how good this addon is. It appears to be the marmite of Kodi unofficial addons, with lots of users loving it, but just as many dismissing it is scathing terms. While we have some sympathies for the viewpoints of both sides, we definitely fall more into the ‘great addon’ camp.
SportsDevil has a lot going for it. It scrapes links from a large number of sites which means there are usually multiple links to all the big events. This means that you shouldn’t have trouble finding a working link, even if you do have to try a few to get there. Once you do find a working link, our experience is that their links are pretty reliable too. Other users do contest this, so it seems likely that your experience may depend on the speed of your internet connection, and therefore the quality of the VPN you are using. But we had no trouble with buffering and for the most part, the quality of the streams was pretty good.
But we will readily admit that SportsDirect is not perfect. It is not uncommon to find links that don’t work and finding multiple links to the same stream is also a frequent and often frustrating experience. However, you have to remember that SportsDevil is an aggregator site and the broken links are not explicitly their fault but rather the sites they are connected to. If you find too many, just try a different site and see if you experience improves.
At a time when live sports addons are an increasingly endangered species, SportsDevil remains a constant and reliable source of live sports streams. It has a huge range of content available and whether you are looking for big sporting events or more niche content, SportsDevil will invariably deliver. It is not perfect and broken links can be frustrating for users at times. But they are a small price to pay for the generally excellent service they offer. SportsDevil’s enduring popularity is no accident. It really is still one of the best live sports addons around right now.
What are your experiences with SportsDevil? Did our installation guide help you download the latest version? Have you had good or bad experiences streaming content on it? Please do share your thoughts on SportsDevil and this article in the comment box below.