If you’re a Kodi user who keeps updated about addons and plugins, you probably already know that the popular addon Phoenix has been shut down indefinitely. If you didn’t know it yet, then I hate to break it to you.
Fortunately, since Kodi has a huge amount of addons available, replacing Phoenix is not that hard. There are plenty of Kodi addons which do pretty much the same.
What was Phoenix?
In case you’re new to Kodi, or never used Phoenix, you should know that Phoenix was one of the best and most popular Kodi addons.
Phoenix enabled users to stream a large variety of on-demand content and access numerous live TV broadcasts.
Of course, the features that Phoenix offered were of a dubious legal nature, and that’s why it was forced to shut down for an unforeseen time.
Since we don’t know when Phoenix will be back (unfortunately, chances are it won’t be), we have compiled a list of Kodi addons which are alternatives to Phoenix.
Due to the nature of the content streamed through these addons, it is recommended that you use a VPN with Kodi.
Most addons that deliver free, on-demand content do so by sourcing it from several illegal places.
While Kodi itself is perfectly legal, some addons might not exactly be. You should always use a VPN to encrypt your online data, unless you want to face legal action for copyright infringement.
There are an abundance of VPNs available online, some free and some paid, and you should choose one that fits your needs the best.
A good VPN for Kodi needs to have a fast connection speed, no data restrictions and great privacy settings.
Kodi Phoenix Alternatives
There’s not much doubt that Phoenix was the best addon when it came to live and on-demand streaming. Unfortunately, most alternatives can’t provide an identical experience.
If you want to have a near-Phoenix experience, you will most likely need to use two, different addons. One for live streaming and another for on-demand content.
We’ve split Phoenix alternatives into two categories, live TV and on-demand, and have curated a list with some of the best addons in each segment.
So, without further ado:
Live TV Streaming Phoenix Alternatives
1. cCloud TV
cCloud TV is one of the best Phoenix replacements when it comes to live TV broadcasting. It enables users to watch live channels from several different countries and in multiple languages.
Although there’s an obvious focus in English-speaking content, cCloud also offers users channels from China, Japan, South America, Europe and even the Middle East.
Most channels are available in HD and are virtually stutter-free.
It has a high quantity of streams, from the larger networks to the smaller, local channels.
cCloud TV has a simple designed and is very simple to use. The search feature enables you to quickly search for one of the tens of thousands of channels it has available.
2. GoodFellas 2.0
If you’re looking for international content, then chances are Goodfellas 2.0 isn’t the right addon for you. If, however, you mainly want to watch British and US-based content, then Goodfellas 2.0 is a great choice.
It also offers a wide array of HD content, even though you’re restricted to English-speaking channels.
Like cCloud TV, Goodfellas 2.0 has a simple and intuitive design which will help users find what they’re looking for.
3. Made In Canada IPTV
Despite what the name might imply, Made In Canada IPTV offers a lot more than Canadian content. Like most addons it heavily emphasizes English-spoken content, but there’s a broad range of content overall.
Made In Canada IPTV offers users a sports section, with most Canadian, British and American channels available in HD quality.
Although there’s a wide range of content and the quality of most streams is excellent, Made In Canada IPTV can be a little more difficult to navigate than other options.
4. BBC iPlayer WWW
As the name would suggest, BBC iPlayer solely serves BBC content. However, don’t let that put you down — it’s the BBC, after all. You’ll find a huge amount of content to enjoy.
It allows you to watch live BBC channels, or to watch older BBC content.
Since it’s streamed directly from BBC it means two things: the quality of the content is really excellent, and that you’ll need to be located in the UK in order to access it.
If you’re not in the UK you can workaround the geographic restriction by using an UK-based VPN.
Also, if you’re looking for a sports-oriented broadcast, then the BBC iPlayer probably isn’t the best choice. It’s more focused towards drama, documentaries, comedy and kid shows.
If you’re from the UK, then having the BBC iPlayer really is a no-brainer as it is free and entirely legal.
SportsDevil allows you to watch live sports streams and it does it better than most available Kodi addons.
Within SportsDevil you can find several links to the biggest sporting events in the world, whether you prefer NFL, NHL, UFC, NBA, or any soccer league, like the Champions League or the Premier League.
Even though it might seem a little too good to be true, keep in mind that SportsDevil is basically a link aggregator. Sometimes links might be broken or not have the best quality.
On the plus side, the amount of links available make it really easy to find a proper working stream without much hassle. Every sports fanatic should have this addon.
On-Demand TV Phoenix Alternatives
Now that we know which Kodi addons are the best live TV streaming Phoenix alternatives, let’s take a look at what can replace Phoenix when it comes to watching on-demand content:
Much like Phoenix, there was another popular addon which disappeared, Exodus (it’s still around, but not supported anymore). Covenant emerged as its replacement.
If you’ve ever used Exodus, you know that it had a pretty simple and easy-to-navigate design. Covenant is no different.
Besides copying its design, it also copies the huge amount of available content. With Covenant you’ll be able to watch almost ever TV show and movie you want to. It even lets you watch a plethora of international media.
M4U has one of the best searching systems when we’re talking about Kodi addons. You’ll be able to find your desired content really quickly.
After searching for what you want to watch, M4U lets you know the quality of the streams showing the content you’ve selected.
You won’t be needing to keep opening new streams when you find out that the quality of the stream you selected isn’t the best.
3. UK Turk Playlists
As the name indicates, UK Turk Playlists is geared towards British and Turkish users.
But despite being a hub for British and Turkish TV and movies, there is plenty of American and international content as well.
It’s constantly updated, and if you’re looking for Turkish content, UK Turk Playlists is your best option.
4. BoB Unleashed
BoB Unleashed is a relatively new addon. It focuses more on TV shows than movies. You might be disappointed by its movie selection, but you certain won’t be when it comes to TV shows.
BoB Unleashed is one of the best addons when it comes to the number of available TV shows. It automatically sorts content into different genres and every stream has an acceptable to very good quality.
As we’ve seen, even though Phoenix loss was awful for the Kodi community, not all hope is lost. There are still plenty of options when it comes to live TV and on-demand streaming.
You might have to install a few addons to get the exact same experience you had with Phoenix, but after a while you’ll get used to it.
As long as you keep being able to watch your favorite movies and TV shows, everything’s alright.
Which addons did you end up using to replace Phoenix? Did we miss any great ones? Let us know in the comment section!
Petr is a serial tech entrepreneur and the CEO of Apro Software, a machine learning company. Whenever he’s not blogging about technology for itechgyan.com or softwarebattle.com, Petr enjoys playing sports and going to the movies. He’s also deeply interested about mediation, Buddhism and biohacking.