Welcome friend! In this detailed guide, I‘ll be walking you through everything you need to know to successfully install the SportHD addon on your Firestick, Android TV box, or other device running Kodi 19 Matrix.
Whether you‘re a cordcutter looking to stream sports without cable, or just a Kodi power user looking for a new addon, you‘ll find this guide helpful. I‘ll be sharing my expert insights on SportHD, from how to install it to using it safely and legally. Let‘s get started!
Overview of the SportHD Kodi Addon
First, what exactly is this SportHD addon?
SportHD is an unofficial third-party Kodi video addon that specializes in streaming live sports from around the world. It aggregates links to live streams and makes them available in one easy-to-navigate addon.
With SportHD installed, you can enjoy HD streams from events and leagues like:
- NFL, NBA, MLB
- English Premier League
- UEFA Champions League
- Formula 1, MotoGP
- NHL, NFL Redzone
- And tons more!
This can be a cordcutter‘s dream if looking to cancel cable TV but still watch sports. According to eMarketer, over 31 million US households have already cut the cord, with numbers rising:
SportHD brings some of that beloved sports content back for cordcutters. But how does it work exactly?
SportHD does not host any streams itself. Instead, it aggregates and indexes streams from various sports streaming sites around the web. The addon is constantly updated with new links, meaning you‘ll always find fresh live games and events inside.
Let‘s now dive into whether or not this popular addon is safe to use.
Is SportHD Safe? Checking the Repository and Prerequisites
When installing third party addons that are not part of the Official Kodi Repository, it‘s important we take steps to verify safety and legitimacy. Since these addons are created by unaffiliated developers, we must do our own due diligence.
The first thing I did was scan the SportHD repository URL using VirusTotal to check for anything suspicious:
The scan came back clean, which is a good start. However, I always recommend taking further precautions when using addons like SportHD.
While the addon itself appears safe, streaming copyrighted content without authorization is generally illegal depending on your country‘s laws. We‘ll discuss the legal landscape more shortly.
Additionally, some stream sources aggregated by SportHD could in theory contain malware. The same risks also apply to other popular addons like The Crew, Rising Tides, and more.
So how can you stay safe while using SportHD or other third party addons? Here are my top tips:
Use a VPN – A VPN like Surfshark encrypts your streaming activity to keep you anonymous and secure. It prevents your data from getting logged or monitored by ISPs or malicious entities. Surfshark also allows you to bypass geo-restrictions.
Use Antivirus Software – Scan any files you download through Kodi with a trusted antivirus program to check for anything dangerous. Windows Defender or Malwarebytes work well.
Avoid Questionable Streams – Be selective about which streams you use in SportHD. Copyrighted PPV events or pirated content likely violates laws. Use good judgment.
By taking precautions like using a VPN and antivirus software, you can feel safer using SportHD while protecting your privacy and security.
Now, let‘s get into actually installing SportHD!
How to Install SportHD Addon on Kodi 19 Matrix
The process of installing SportHD is simple since all we need to do is add the repository that hosts it.
However, first we need to enable a key setting in Kodi:
Enable Unknown Sources
Since SportHD comes from an external "unknown" source outside the Official Kodi Repository, we need to enable Unknown Sources in Kodi‘s settings.
- Open Kodi Settings
- Navigate to System > Addons
- Enable "Unknown Sources"
You‘ll get a warning about allowing unverified addons to access data on your system. This is the reason using a VPN is so crucial when installing third party addons!
Now we can move onto adding the SportHD repository.
Add the SportHD Repository
- In Kodi, go to System > File Manager
- Click Add Source
- Name it "SportHD" and click OK
We now have the SportHD repository added and ready to install from.
Install SportHD from the Repository
- Return to the main Kodi menu
- Go to Addons > Install from Zip File
- Select "SportHD" as the source
- Go to Install from Repository > SportHD Repo > Video Addons
- Install the SportHD addon
Once installed, you‘ll find the SportHD icon in the Kodi Addons section, ready to launch!
And that‘s all there is to it! With just a few simple steps, we successfully installed SportHD on Kodi 19 Matrix.
Next, let me give you a tour of what you‘ll find inside the addon.
Inside SportHD: Addon Sections, Categories, and Settings
Launching SportHD brings you to the main menu with different sections:
This menu gives you a few ways to access content:
- Live Events – Currently live games/matches across all sports
- Sports – List of sports categories to browse
- Best Leagues – Top tier leagues and competitions worldwide
- Settings – Configure addon settings
If you go into the Sports section, you‘ll find a huge selection of different sports categories:
- Football (Soccer)
- NFL Football
- NHL Hockey
- NBA Basketball
- MLB Baseball
- Rugby Union & League
- MMA and Boxing
- Motor Sports
- NCAA College Sports
And more! They really cover all the major sports here.
Selecting a sport will display live games, events, channels, or leagues within that category. For example under Soccer you can find streams from competitions like:
- English Premier League
- UEFA Champions League
- La Liga
- Ligue 1
- World Cup qualifiers
There are usually numerous link options for each game or match. I recommend trying multiple links if the first one doesn‘t work, as sports streams tend to go down frequently.
The Best Leagues section surfaces the top leagues and tournaments across all sports:
- La Liga
- English Premier League
- UEFA Champions League
And more. This makes it easy to directly access the most popular events.
There‘s also a dedicated section just for NFL Redzone which is great during football season!
Overall, SportHD aggregates tons of sports streams all in one place. You can comfortably cancel cable TV and still enjoy live sports using addons like this.
Now let‘s discuss the SportHD settings and account integration options.
SportHD Settings and Account Integration
In the SportHD settings section you‘ll find a few options to customize your setup:
The available options include:
- Accounts – Connect Trakt or Real-Debrid
- Playback – Set default player
- Subtitles – Enable subtitles if available
Connecting your Trakt account is useful for keeping track of what you watch and syncing your watched history across devices.
Real-Debrid integration can potentially help source higher quality streams from file lockers. However, I found that Real-Debrid didn‘t impact much since SportHD itself doesn‘t host content.
The playback setting allows you to choose between Kodi‘s native player or the ExoPlayer for streams. I suggest trying both and using whichever works more smoothly on your device.
And that covers all the key features and settings within the SportHD addon! Next I want to provide some clarity on the legal considerations of using third party addons like this.
Is SportHD Legal? Understanding the Legal Landscape
Now that you know how to install and use SportHD, you may be wondering if it is actually legal. This is an important question when using any third-party Kodi addon that comes from an unofficial source.
Here are the key facts to understand:
The SportHD addon itself is perfectly legal, as it only aggregates stream links.
However, some of those stream sources may be illegally distributing copyrighted content without authorization. Accessing pirated streams is illegal.
Whether a stream is legal or not depends on the content itself and the website hosting it. The legality can vary on a case-by-case basis.
Just because an addon provides access to a stream does NOT necessarily mean that stream is legal to view. The burden is on the end user to determine the legality of each individual stream source.
So in summary:
Legal uses of SportHD include:
- Watching independently created & publicly available streams
- Viewing content in the public domain
- Accessing transformative streams that constitute Fair Use
Illegal uses include:
- Streaming pay-per-view events or restricted content
- Watching pirated streams that violate copyrights
My advice is to exercise caution and good judgment when using SportHD or similar addons. Avoid streams of PPV events, subscription channels, or pirated content as these likely violate laws.
When in doubt, consult an attorney or simply avoid questionable streams altogether. There are plenty of legal streaming options to enjoy without resorting to piracy.
And as always, use a quality VPN like IPVanish whenever streaming sports (or anything else) on Kodi!
A VPN will encrypt all your Kodi streaming activity and prevent ISPs or governments from monitoring what you watch. It allows you to stream privately and bypass geo-restrictions.
I hope this overview gives you a better understanding of the legal landscape when it comes to third party Kodi addons like SportHD. Now, let‘s wrap things up with some frequently asked questions about this great sports addon.
Common SportHD Addon Questions
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about SportHD:
Q: Does the SportHD addon contain virus or malware?
A: I scanned the repository URL and it appears clean, but there‘s no 100% guarantee. Take precautions like using a VPN and antivirus software. Avoid sketchy streams.
Q: Is SportHD legal to use for streaming sports?
A: The addon itself is legal but some streams may be pirated content. Be selective and use good judgment when picking streams to avoid any illegal streaming.
Q: Can I install SportHD on Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire Cube?
A: Yes, SportHD works great on all Fire TV OS devices as long as you have Kodi installed. The install process is the same.
Q: Does SportHD offer PPV events like boxing/MMA fights?
A: No. Since it only indexes free live streams, you won‘t find any pay-per-view or premium content in SportHD. Avoid those pirated streams.
Q: Why should I use a VPN with the SportHD addon?
A: A VPN like Surfshark will encrypt your streaming data to keep you private and secure. It prevents snooping by ISPs and anyone else. Use a VPN whenever streaming on Kodi.
And there you have it my friend! You now have a complete understanding of how to install SportHD on Kodi 19 Matrix, navigate all the addon‘s content and features, integrate accounts, and use it safely + legally.
I hope this detailed guide helps you enjoy more sports on Kodi. Never hesitate to reach out with any other questions!
This article is for general information only. It does not constitute legal advice. Streaming copyrighted content without authorization is illegal. Consult an attorney regarding any legal concerns.