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How to Install the Netflix Kodi Addon on Firestick, Fire TV, and Android TV Boxes

If you want to watch Netflix on Kodi, the official Netflix addon allows you to do just that. This guide will explain everything you need to know about installing the Netflix Kodi addon on your device.

We‘ll cover:

  • What is Kodi and how Netflix addon works
  • Ensuring the addon is legal and authorized
  • Complete install instructions for Firestick and Android TV boxes
  • Using a VPN for privacy and unlocking Netflix content

By the end, you‘ll have Netflix up and running in Kodi for a seamless streaming experience. Let‘s dive in!

What is Kodi and How Does the Netflix Addon Work?

For those unfamiliar, Kodi is a popular and completely free open source media center application. It provides features like:

  • Organizing your personal media libraries of movies, TV shows, music, and photos.
  • Installing "addons" that give you tons of streaming content.
  • Customizing the interface using different skins.
  • Available across tons of platforms like Firestick, Android mobiles/TV boxes, Raspberry Pi, Windows, Mac, iOS, etc.

The first version of Kodi (formerly called Xbox Media Center or XBMC) was released way back in 2002 for the original Xbox console. Since then, Kodi has been under active development by hundreds of volunteers and evolved into one of the most powerful media hubs available today.

There are over 40 million monthly active Kodi users according to the latest statistics. It‘s community-driven nature and open source model has fueled rapid growth.

The Netflix addon allows accessing your Netflix account directly within the Kodi interface. Rather than having to launch the separate Netflix app, all your Netflix content is seamlessly integrated right alongside other addons like YouTube, Plex, live TV streams, and more.

You get the full Netflix experience including:

  • Browsing content categories and recommendations
  • Managing your My List
  • Searching for titles
  • Watching Netflix Originals like Stranger Things

The only limitation is no multi-profile support. But otherwise, it works exactly like having the native Netflix app installed.

Is the Netflix Kodi Addon Legal?

Yes, using the official Netflix Kodi addon is 100% legal.

The reason is that this addon comes directly from Netflix themselves and only provides access to content you are already paying for with a Netflix subscription.

There are some "pirated" Netflix addons available from third-parties that use illegal scraping methods. However, we are strictly covering the authorized version here.

You might be wondering how the Netflix addon is legal if many other Kodi addons for movies and TV are considered illegal.

The main factor is copyright infringement versus fair use:

  • Pirated addons stream copyright-protected content without permission from studios. This violates intellectual property rights.
  • The Netflix addon only streams content you have the rights to as a paying subscriber. This is considered fair use under copyright law.

Additionally, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act provides safe harbor protection for Internet services that respond to infringement takedown notices. Netflix rigorously enforces copyright on their platform.

Therefore, as long as you use the legitimate Netflix Kodi addon linked directly from Netflix, you are not breaking any laws.

Prerequisites to Install Netflix Addon on Kodi

There are just a couple requirements before installing the Netflix Kodi addon:

1. Active Netflix Account

First, you need an active Netflix subscription. This gives you access to stream Netflix content.

Netflix currently starts at $8.99/month for standard definition streaming on 1 screen. HD and 4K streaming packages with more concurrent streams are also available.

Here‘s a quick overview of the Netflix packages:

Plan Monthly Price Video Quality Screens You Can Stream On
Basic $8.99 480p SD 1
Standard $13.99 1080p HD 2
Premium $17.99 4K UHD 4

You can sign up for Netflix directly on their website.

2. Kodi Installed on Your Device

Secondly, you need the Kodi app installed on whichever device you want to use the Netflix addon with.

The most popular platforms for Kodi include:

  • Fire TV Stick – Plug the stick into your TV‘s HDMI port and stream wirelessly.
  • Android TV Box – Like the Nvidia Shield TV or Xiaomi Mi Box with Kodi sideloaded.
  • Android Mobiles/Tablets – Available directly on Google Play.
  • iPhone/iPad – Requires jailbreaking.
  • Windows/Mac – Install from Kodi.tv website.

Here are a few guides to help you get Kodi setup:

I recommend using a Firestick Stick 4K or the Nvidia Shield Pro for the best performance. But Kodi works great on any newer device.

3. Enable Unknown Sources in Kodi

The final prerequisite is enabling Unknown Sources in Kodi‘s System Settings. This allows you to install addons that aren‘t in the official Kodi repository.

Here‘s how:

  1. In Kodi, navigate to Settings (cog icon) > System Settings
  2. Select Add-ons on the left sidebar
  3. Toggle on Unknown Sources
  4. Click Yes to confirm

And that‘s it – now you can install any third-party Kodi addon.

Step-by-Step Guide to Install Netflix Kodi Addon

With your prerequisites covered, here is the full process for installing Netflix:

  1. Launch Kodi on your device

  2. Click the Settings icon in the top left

    Kodi settings

  3. Select File Manager

  4. Choose Add Source >

  5. Enter https://castagnait.github.io/repo/ as the path

  6. Enter a name like "CastagnaIT" and click OK

    Add source

  7. Return back to the Kodi home screen

  8. Hover over Add-ons and select the open box icon to Install from zip

  9. Click on the source you just added (CastagnaIT)

  10. Install the repository.castagnait-2.0.zip file

  11. Wait for the addon enabled notification

  12. Go to Install from repository > CastagnaIT Repository > Video addons

  13. Select the Netflix addon and click Install

  14. Choose whatever version is available (usually v1.4+) and click OK to confirm

That‘s it! Netflix Kodi addon should now be installed successfully.

You can find it under the Video Add-ons section. Simply open Netflix and enter your account login info to start streaming.

How to Use the Netflix Kodi Addon

Using Netflix on Kodi provides the same core functionality as the native Netflix app across other platforms.

The home screen shows your personalized recommendations, My List, Continue Watching row, and all the standard content categories like New Releases, Popular on Netflix, Trending Now, etc.

You can browse through genres or search for specific titles. When you select a show or movie it will provide details like the plot summary, run-time, maturity rating, cast information, etc.

Overall, everything works smoothly and identically to having Netflix installed as a standalone app on your device.

The only missing feature is separate user profiles. The Netflix Kodi addon does not support switching between different personal profiles if you have that setup on your account.

Aside from that limitation, the Netflix addon makes it easy to seamlessly integrate Netflix streaming into your overall Kodi experience. You no longer have to move back and forth between different apps.

How to Troubleshoot Netflix Kodi Addon Installation

The Netflix Kodi addon is usually straightforward to install. But sometimes issues come up.

Here are some troubleshooting tips for common problems:

Can‘t enable Unknown Sources – This is required to install any third-party addons. Try re-enabling it under System Settings. If it remains greyed out, a permissions issue may be preventing access on certain devices.

Invalid repository URL – Double check that the repo URL was entered correctly in the file manager source. Refer to step 5 of the install guide.

Add-on not found – The repository may have been blocked or removed. Try a different web browser to re-download the repo zip file if needed.

HTTP errors – Temporary network problems can interfere with connecting to repo servers. Try clearing cache and retries.

Outdated Kodi version – Older Kodi versions may not support newer addons. Upgrade to the latest release if you haven‘t recently.

account.netflix.com error – This typically means you entered the wrong Netflix login details. Double check your email/password and re-authenticate.

For any other issues, the Kodi forums are a great place to find solutions. The community is always willing to help out.

Using a VPN with Kodi and Netflix

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service that encrypts your internet traffic and masks your IP address through remote servers. This provides essential privacy and security benefits when using Kodi.

According to surveys, 78% of regular Kodi users opt for a VPN to keep their streaming private and secure.

The main reasons to use a VPN with Kodi include:

Bypass ISP Throttling – Internet providers often throttle or block streaming traffic. A VPN battles this via encryption.

Enhanced Privacy – Your viewing activity won‘t be logged by your ISP or government.

Access Geo-Blocked Content – VPNs allow you to spoof your location and access regionally restricted content.

Public WiFi Security – Prevents snooping on open WiFi networks in places like coffee shops.

Stream Safely – Added layers of protection when using third-party Kodi addons.

Some of the top VPNs recommended for Kodi include:

  • Surfshark – Offers fast speeds and unlimited device connections for only $2.21/month. Provides a 30 day money back guarantee.
  • NordVPN – Extremely reliable VPN with 5200+ servers in 60 countries to choose from. Great for bypassing strict geo-blocks.
  • ExpressVPN – More expensive but has excellent speeds and top-notch live chat support. Reliable for streaming in HD/4K.

Using a VPN is also the key to unlocking more content from Netflix. Since Netflix libraries vary widely between regions, a VPN allows you to route through different countries.

For example, connecting through Canada will give you the Canadian Netflix library. The UK gives you the British library. And so on.

So not only does a VPN improve privacy, it also gives you more shows and movies to stream on Netflix Kodi addon!

Final Thoughts on Netflix Kodi Addon

Hopefully this guide covered everything you need to get up and running with the official Netflix addon in Kodi.

While using Kodi does carry some risks of malware or legal issues with certain addons, the Netflix addon is 100% legitimate.

You still access only the content available in your Netflix subscription, just through a different player. So it provides another convenient option for cutting the cord from cable.

Feel free to ask any other questions below and I‘ll help troubleshoot any problems!

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