Last Updated on January 31st, 2018
Welcome to our full Apple TV Kodi install guide. Our focus is currently on the Apple TV 4th and 5th generation hardware, which includes an updated processor and the tvOS operating system. The 5th generation also has 4K and HDR functionality and is Apple’s most current piece of hardware. There are currently two different processes available to install Kodi on the Apple TV. Neither process is 100% convenient, so read them below for your convenience before making your decisions.
Why doesn’t Apple allow Kodi in the App Store?
Apple has some of the strictest rules for allowing apps into its App Store and Kodi produces a few red flags for Apple:
- Kodi software code is open-source, allowing anyone to contribute changes. This is a violation of Apple’s terms and conditions for new apps.
- Kodi allows the install of third party plugins (addons). This is what most users use most of in Kodi, but it is again a violation of Apple’s policies.
So, the only way you’ll get an easy and native Apple TV Kodi install method in the future is if you can’t install any third party addons, and what is the charm of that? Because of this, the two ways listed below are the only two ways to install Kodi on the Apple TV. There is also no jailbreak projected for the Apple TV hardware. A jailbreak gives users access to install third party applications (such as Kodi) by “breaking in” to the Apple operating system and allowing you control. A jailbreak for the Apple TV 5 by the jailbreaking community is not currently planned.
What is the Apple TV?
Apple TV is a digital media console. Similar to an Android TV box or nVidia Shield, the Apple TV is optimized for the big television screen and comes pre-installed with an operating system that supports some base apps, settings, configuration, and an app store. Through the app store, you an install media apps and games such as Netflix, Sling TV, Playstation Vue, and others.
The 4th generation of the Apple TV introduced the tvOS, a more full-fledged operating system from Apple designed for the TV that is comparable to ones offered by Android and Roku. The latest 5th generation of the Apple TV comes with 4K and HDR support and a few other changes. The addition of the App Store and the ability to install third party applications was very popular. This means that Apple TV supports all industry standard video and audio codecs and has smooth playback capabilities.
What about the Tweakbox method available to install Kodi on the iPhone?
The iPhone has the ability to install an application called Tweakbox, which lets you install third party applications such as Kodi without the need to jailbreak your device. Unfortunately, Tweakbox cannot be installed on the Apple TV because the tvOS supplied by Apple does not work the same as the iOS on the iPhone or iPad.
While Tweakbox would be a solid option for the Apple TV because, well, it’s free, there are no current plans to bring that solution to tvOS.
And with that, here we are. Take a look at the two Apple TV Kodi install methods below and decide what is best for you.
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