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Everything You Need to Know About Using Pluto TV with Kodi

If you‘re a cord-cutter who uses Kodi for streaming, adding the Pluto TV addon gives you a huge library of free live TV without any subscription. Pluto TV offers over 250 live channels and thousands of on-demand titles, so it nicely complements all your other media in Kodi.

In this detailed guide, I‘ll cover everything you need to know to get Pluto TV installed and working seamlessly within Kodi on any device.

An Introduction to Pluto TV

For those unfamiliar, Pluto TV is a free live TV streaming service created by Paramount. It offers over 250 live channels spanning categories like news, sports, movies, comedy, reality, kids, and more. The lineup has an impressive variety – you can essentially watch a cable TV-like experience completely free.

Pluto TV has quickly grown in popularity since its launch in 2014. As of 2022, they report having nearly 70 million monthly active users. The service is supported through ads, which play periodically during programming, similar to traditional television.

Pluto TV‘s library goes well beyond just live channels. They also offer thousands of hours of on-demand TV shows, movies, and viral videos spanning every genre – from cult classics to family favorites.

You can watch Pluto TV on your laptop, phone, streaming device like Roku or Firestick, web browser, and more. The service has apps across all major platforms.

Some key features and highlights of Pluto TV include:

  • 250+ live channels – extensive channel lineup covering entertainment, movies, news, sports, food, tech, and more

  • 20,000+ hours on-demand – huge back catalog of movies, shows, and viral internet videos

  • Free access – no registration, login, or fees required to watch

  • Ad-supported – 5 minutes of ads per hour, similar to cable TV

  • Apps across all devices – stream Pluto TV on Roku, Fire TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browsers and more

  • Cloud DVR – record and replay shows (requires free account sign-up)

Pluto TV offers a cable-like viewing experience completely free on any device. Now let‘s see how we can integrate it into Kodi.

Why Add Pluto TV as a Kodi Addon?

Kodi is a powerful open-source media center that lets you organize all your digital media content in one place. Many people use it to watch internet-streamed video from sources like Youtube, Twitch, online repositories, and more. Kodi essentially centralizes all your streaming media.

Adding Pluto TV as an addon within Kodi gives you these benefits:

  • Access Pluto‘s 250+ live channels directly within Kodi

  • Pluto TV content appears alongside your other media for unified browsing

  • Launch and watch Pluto TV streams just like any other Kodi video

  • No need to switch between standalone apps – it‘s all in Kodi

  • Great for cord-cutters who want live TV in their Kodi setup

  • Complements other streamed media and local files in your Kodi library

The Pluto TV addon makes your content viewing completely seamless and centralized within the Kodi interface. It‘s a must-have addon for any cord-cutter using Kodi.

Comparing Pluto TV to Other Free Live TV Services

Pluto TV has grown into one of the most robust free live TV platforms, but it‘s not the only option. Here‘s how Pluto TV compares to some other popular free services:

The Roku Channel – Roku‘s free offering has 190+ live linear channels and thousands of movies on demand. Library is focused on more mainstream contemporary Hollywood content. Supported by ads.

Plex – Media center app with 80+ free live TV channels spanning news, sports, movies, plus tons of on demand content. Integrates with your other media libraries. Supported by ads/sponsorships.

Xumo – Provides 100+ live channels and thousands of on-demand movies/shows. Owned by Comcast. More niche content catered to specific interests. Ad-supported.

Samsung TV Plus – Exclusive to Samsung smart TVs. Offers 100+ free live channels from AMC, Vice, Yahoo Finance, and more. Content more centered around tech/gaming/lifestyle.

Tubi – Leading on-demand video platform with 40,000+ movies and shows. No live TV component. Content is more niche focused. Ad based.

Pluto TV – Largest overall library of 250+ live channels, covering mainstream to niche interests. 20,000+ hours of on-demand content. Ad supported.

Pluto TV stands out with its unrivaled breadth of content spanning both live and video on demand. The scope of their channel and title lineup exceeds other free offerings. Integrating it into Kodi is a no-brainer.

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing the Pluto TV Kodi Addon

Ready to get Pluto TV up and running in your Kodi setup? Here is a step-by-step walkthrough on how to get the Pluto TV addon installed on any Kodi device:

Enable Unknown Sources in Kodi Settings

Since Pluto TV isn‘t included in the official Kodi addon repository, we first need to enable "unknown sources":

  1. Open Kodi and click on the gear icon ⚙️ to enter the Settings menu

  2. Select System Settings

  3. Choose Add-ons tab

  4. Check the box to Enable Unknown Sources

  5. Confirm the warning prompt by selecting Yes

This allows you to install Kodi addons hosted in third-party repositories outside of the official Kodi one. Most addons are distributed this way.

Install the Stream Hub Repository

The Pluto TV Kodi addon lives within the Stream Hub Repo. So first we need to install that repository:

  1. Go back to the Kodi home screen

  2. Hover over Add-ons in the left sidebar

  3. Click on the folder icon to open Install from repository

  4. Select Kodi Add-on repository

  5. Click on Program add-ons section

  6. Choose Stream Hub Repo

  7. Click Install

  8. Wait for the "Add-on enabled" notification

This installs the repository that houses the Pluto TV addon files.

Install the Pluto TV Addon from the Repository

Now that the repository is installed, we can grab the Pluto TV addon:

  1. Return to the Kodi home screen

  2. Open Add-ons menu from the sidebar

  3. Launch Install from repository

  4. Select Stream Hub Repo

  5. Enter the Video add-ons section

  6. Click on Pluto.TV

  7. Choose Install

  8. Wait for the "Add-on installed" confirmation

The Pluto TV Kodi addon will now be available in your addons menu!

Access and Use Pluto TV in Kodi

To start watching Pluto TV through Kodi:

  1. Go to the Kodi home screen

  2. Open Add-ons from the sidebar

  3. Select the Pluto TV addon

  4. Choose to Sign In with your Pluto account or Continue as Guest

  5. Pick a category like Movies, Entertainment, Sports, etc.

  6. Select a live channel stream or on-demand show/movie

  7. Video will start playing directly within Kodi!

And that‘s all there is to it! You now have full access to Pluto TV‘s extensive library of free live and on-demand content through Kodi. Flip between Pluto TV and other addons for seamless viewing.

Troubleshooting Guide – Common Pluto TV Addon Issues

If you encounter any problems getting the Pluto TV addon installed or working correctly in Kodi, here are some troubleshooting tips:

Can‘t enable unknown sources – This is required to install third-party addons outside of the Kodi repository. Make sure you are updated to Kodi 19.x Matrix or newer, older versions restrict this.

Addons won‘t install – Verify you selected Program add-ons within the repository, not another top-level category. Also try restarting Kodi and reinstalling the repository.

Pluto TV streams won‘t play – Check that the Pluto addon is updated to the newest version. Also try clearing the addon cache under Manage Dependencies.

Streams keep buffering – Internet issues can disrupt buffering. Try wired Ethernet over Wi-Fi. Adjust caching settings to Buffer Mode: 2.

Error codes like "No streams available" – Usually indicates a temporary server issue on Pluto TV‘s end. Try restarting the addon or Kodi.

For best results, always keep Kodi and its addons updated to the latest versions. This ensures maximum compatibility and performance.

Customizing and Optimizing the Pluto TV Addon Experience

The Pluto TV addon provides a robust live TV and streaming experience within Kodi. Here are some tips to customize Pluto TV and optimize performance:

  • Log into your Pluto TV account to access your Watchlist and previously watched shows.

  • Utilize the search function to quickly find movies, shows, or channels.

  • Mark favorite channels for quick access under the My Pluto section.

  • Use a keyboard for easier text input when searching or logging in.

  • Adjust default video quality in Pluto TV settings (720p HD recommended).

  • Turn on Stream Continuity to automatically skip ads during playback.

  • Increase addon cache size to 15-20 MB for smoother streaming.

  • Use a wired Internet connection or 5Ghz WiFi band to prevent buffering.

  • Force stop the addon and clear cache periodically to keep it running fresh.

Taking a few minutes to customize Pluto TV and Kodi to your setup ensures the best viewing experience.

Closing Recommendations for Pluto TV and Kodi

I hope this guide provided everything you need to know to successfully install Pluto TV within Kodi! The addon integrates this expansive free live TV library into your media center for seamless viewing.

Some closing tips:

  • Take time to browse Pluto TV‘s extensive live channels and VOD catalog

  • Add other addons like YouTube, Twitch, Hulu, or podcasts into Kodi

  • For privacy, utilize a VPN when streaming over public WiFi

  • Keep all Kodi components updated for best performance

  • Check for the newest Kodi tips

Now with Pluto TV, you can cut the cord and enjoy an amazing cable TV-like experience completely free in Kodi. Enjoy!


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