Very Good Reasons Why UK Kodi Streamers Now Require a VPN !

Do you use Kodi for streaming in the UK?

Have you heard about VPN services? What exactly can it do for you?

 

  • NEW UK Law amended in late April 2017
    Streaming is now illegal in the UK!
    In April 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that streaming copyrighted content to a Kodi Box without the right holders' permission is now illegal.
    Previously, it was only illegal to download the content.
    Protect yourselves with a VPN More info below!
  • Keep your Internet Service Providers eyes of your traffic, remove the risk of receiving your first copyright infringement letter!
  • Stream from servers Anonymously.
  • Access Geo-blocked content or censored content.

 

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First thing's First, What is a VPN and how it works?

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) in simple words is a software used to add security and privacy to your internet connection. Basically, your unique ID while on the internet is your IP address (if you type on Google: "what's my IP address", Google will tell you your IP address), your IP address is Public every time you on online. For example, when you visit any website, the owner of that website knows your IP address. The IP address retrieves information about your location and your ISP (internet service provider).

When connected to a VPN, your true IP address, network location and other session details reflect those of the VPN server not your true IP address and location, Not only that, once connected to a VPN your connection is encrypted by a VPN service, meaning even if captured, that data is unreadable to your Internet service provider or man in the middle hacker.

Kodi is about the most popular Streaming app right now but by itself it's pretty basic, however, a whole world of unlimited video streaming opens up to you when you start looking at unofficial 3rd party add-ons. The decision to install those add-ons and what you do with those add-ons is up to you (legally speaking). Using a VPN service will ensure that your privacy and security is maintained online for very little cost, privacy and security is always a good thing regardless of what you're doing!

Any online streaming apps like Mobdro or Showbox etc. etc. are now deemed to be illegal to stream in the UK, you must protect yourselves with a VPN. Yes even App's downloaded from the Google Play Store can infringe on UK Law. Avoid your ISP sending you copyright infringement letters with a VPN. This is not scaremongering, i am afraid this is now UK Law.


What VPN Companies do we recommend?

In truth, it's hard to select the best overall VPN, there are so many variables to take into account. But we've managed to narrow it down to two VPN providers, suitable for majority of online users requirements and budget.

Private Internet Access (PIA for short) the cheaper of the two,
IPVanish slightly more expensive but has better performance,
These are two of the very best VPN providers available to consumers. They are top ranked in security, anonymity, privacy, reliability, and speed & neither company keeps logs!
Both are headquartered in the United States, meaning your in the hands of a reputable company and not some shadowy VPN provider without so much as a mailing address.

PIA was a pioneer in anonymity and has kept no logs since their inception, and IPVanish joined the ranks of top tier Non-logging VPN providers in early 2014.

Both VPN providers allow 5 x simultaneous connections included in the subscription, meaning you can connect and secure multiple devices (up to and including 5) to there service at any one time, E.g. Smart TV Box, Mobile Phone, Computers, Tablets etc, they support about all platforms Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux etc there service is not just for streaming but will securely encrypt all you activity on the internet.

It's also possible to enter your VPN settings into your router (If your routers firmware supports this) making every device connected to the Internet behind the router encrypted and protected, this method would only count as 1 out of the 5 simultaneous connections allowed.

Anonymity, security & Speed (in our opinion) should be the top priorities when choosing a VPN provider.. Private Internet Access and IPVanish are two of the best, so who wins?

IPVanish's software is mostly function instead of frills. They pride themselves on their top tier speed on their Tier-1 VPN network, and their impressive list of servers in over 60+ countries on every continent except Antarctica. You get OpenVPN, L2TP and PPTP connectivity, 1-click connection, and the ability to sort servers by country or ping time, but not much else.

Private Internet access takes a slightly different approach. Instead of trying to compete with server variety, they offer servers in 10 countries (most of the ones you'd want including USA, Netherlands, and UK).

There are a lot of factors than can affect VPN download speeds, Server load and Bandwidth local traffic etc, our tests were done on a 80/20 VDSL2 fttc line, normal download speeds are around 73Mbps to London without a connected VPN, below figures are a guide and are the results from our own testing.

Private Internet Access performed quite admirably, considering they are one of the most affordable VPN providers in the world. It is an unbeatable value for those on a budget, That being said, IPVanish beat them in all our speed tests. Either VPN provider should be more than fast enough for HD video streaming between continents or downloading torrents (provided your own internet connection is fast enough) but if having the fastest speed possible & more servers is important to you, for a little more cost we would recommend IPVanish every time..
Winner: IPVanish

 

 

More information or sign up for IPVanish HERE

More information or sign up for PIA HERE


Setup a IPVanish VPN to use with an Android Kodi box

Method 1. Using the Google Play Store IPVanish VPN App

  1. Sign up for an IPVanish VPN account HERE
  2. Check if the IPVanish app came pre-installed with the box. Open App's from your home screen, look for IPVanish. If you have it already installed jump to step 7.
  3. From your Android TV Box main menu, find the Play Store app and open it (it should be in "App's")
  4. Login to the Play store with your Google user name and password. If you have never used the Play Store before, you will need to create a Google account. Don't worry its free to do so.
  5. Search for IPVanish
  6. Click on the IPVanish icon and press download / install to get the FREE VPN app in your android box.
  7. Go back to your home menu and then navigate to apps > IPVanish to run the VPN app
  8. Open the menu in the top left corner and press Login. Follow the steps to login. You will need your IPVanish account login details user name and password.
  9. Click on a server from the list to establish a VPN connection. You can also use the search bar on the top to look for more locations.
  10. Your internet connection will then become encrypted and your IP Address will be now from the country / location chosen by you in the previous step.
  11. This is important: The app needs to keep running for you to use the VPN with Kodi or another app, so you can't close it. To keep the app running in the background, in you remote control click in the "home" button or in your keyboard click alt + tab.
  12. A video guide can be found HERE

Setup a IPVanish VPN to use with an Android Kodi box

Method 2. Always run VPN connection by default IPVanish VPN

  1. Sign up for an IPVanish VPN account HERE
  2. Android KitKat 4.x.x boxes (may vary slightly):- Settings > Other > More Settings > Under Wireless & networks > More..
    Android Lollipop 5.x.x boxes (may vary slightly):- Settings > Other > More Settings > More Settings (far right under Preferences) > Under Wireless & networks > More..
    Android Marshmallow 6.x.x boxes (may vary slightly):- Settings > Advanced > More Settings > More Settings (far right under Preferences) > Under Wireless & networks > More..
  3. Click on + or Add VPN, you may get asked to use a lock pin or password before you can use credential storage. If so set one you'll remember!
  4. You may need to click the + sign now, fill the VPN name (it can be anything)
  5. Make sure the PPTP Protocol is selected
  6. Choose a VPN server from this list HERE and enter it in the address field.
  7. Check the "enable encryption" option
  8. Save
  9. Tap the VPN to test connection and login with your IPVanish credentials
  10. In the top right corner you should find an option to keep your VPN connection always enable so you won't need to do this again next time. When you turn on your Android TV Box, the VPN will be already enable.
  11. The method 2 is more convenient because you don't need to turn your VPN on every time you want to use it, but it's less flexible because you can't swap to another location as easy as the method 1.


Setup a IPVanish VPN to use with an LibreELEC Kodi Box

IPVanish VPN with Repo Install (LibreELEC ONLY - NOT Android!)

The following is required for OpenVPN to work on LibreELEC

  • A working installation of LibreELEC
  • A device with internet access
  • A secure IPVanish VPN connection (Don't have one? Sign up HERE)
Part 1: VPN Manager Install
This method requires a USB Flash drive.
  1. Download and save the Zomboided repository HERE
    To install this repository you will need a USB stick.
  2. With the repository zip file copied on to your USB stick, plug it into your LibreELEC device and navigate to Install from zip file, On Kodi Jarvis 16.x you select System > Add-ons > Install from zip, On Kodi Krypton 17.x you select Add-ons from the left panel > Add-ons browser (open box symbol top left) Install from zip file
  3. Point it to the USB stick, locate the repository zip you file you downloaded and select it
  4. Now that the Zomboided Add-on Repository is installed, you can download the VPN manager by selecting 'Install from repository' on the Add-ons page (just above the install from zip file in located in part 2 above).
  5. Select the Zomboided Add-on Repository, select Services, Select VPN Manager for OpenVPN and then select install.
    The repository will auto update and may take several minutes to complete (Please note- it may appear to be hang while downloading be patient!).
    Please wait until it finishes installing before moving on to the next steps!
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    Part 2: Setup the VPN Manager Add-on

    Now that the VPN Manager for OpenVPN is installed, you will need to set it up. To complete the setup, do the following steps:

  7. Select 'Add-on Settings', then follow the setup wizard, select IPVanish from the 'VPN Provider' drop down menu and enter your IPVanish username and password in the 'Username' and 'Password' boxes
  8. On Kodi Jarvis 16.x Go back to Kodi's main screen, then go to Programs > Program Add-ons > Open the VPN Manager for OpenVPN,
    On Kodi Krypton 17.x Go back to Kodi's main screen > Add-ons > Program Add-ons > Open the VPN Manager for OpenVPN.
  9. Select the 'VPN Connections' tab in the 'VPN Connections' window, select 'First VPN connection' and you should see it start connecting
  10. Once the add-on connects, you will see a list of servers to connect to, please select your desired server
  11. Now you should be connected to the VPN server. You can verify by checking the 'Display VPN Status' page in the 'VPN Manager' add-on and checking to make sure that your IP address has changed. You can also add more VPN servers under the VPN Connections tab.
  12. If you have any questions about this guide, Please contact IPVanish Support>


Set up IPVanish with kodi on windows

The following is required for IPVanish VPN to work with Kodi on Windows:

  • A computer or device running Windows 7 or later
  • A working installation of Kodi on Windows
  • A secure IPVanish VPN connection (Don't have one? Sign up HERE)
  • IPVanish VPN app for Windows download HERE
  • A working connection to the internet>

This guide will walk you through how to connect your Windows PC or Windows device to IPVanish VPN for use with Kodi media Center.

Getting Started

 

  1. Launch the IPVanish VPN app on your Windows device.
  2. 2.From the the Quick Connect screen, select the country, city and IPVanish server you would like to connect to and click connect.
  3. Once you're successfully connected, look at the main app window and verify that you are connected and that your IP has successfully changed.
  4. 4.After successful connection to IPVanish, open Kodi and use it as normal.
  5. Quick-tip: If you would like all internet communication to stop if IPVanish VPN is disconnected, make sure you turn on the killswitch in IPVanish's application settings

    Turning on the Killswitch for (Windows)

    To turn on the killswitch for Windows, click on the Settings Gear icon on the left, click "Connection" and click the checkbox labelled "Killswitch" as shown below:

    If you are having any trouble connecting to the Internet, please double-check to make sure that the killswitch is not enabled.


Setting Up IPVanish with Kodi on Mac

The following is required for IPVanish VPN to work with Kodi on Mac:

  • A computer or device running Mac OS 10.7 or later
  • A working installation of Kodi on Mac
  • A secure IPVanish VPN connection (Don't have one? Sign up HERE)
  • IPVanish VPN app for Mac installed can be installed HERE
  • An internet connection

This guide will walk you through how to connect your Mac to IPVanish VPN for use with Kodi Media Center.

Getting Started

 

  1. Launch the IPVanish VPN app on your Mac.
  2. From the "Quick Connect" screen, select the country, city and IPVanish server you would like to connect to and click connect.
  3.  

  4. Once you're successfully connected, look at the top of the "Quick Connect" screen and verify that you are connected and that your IP address has successfully changed.
  5. After successful connection to IPVanish, open Kodi and use it as normal.
  6. Quick tip: If you would like all internet communication to stop if IPVanish VPN is disconnected, make sure you turn on the killswitch in IPVanish's application settings

     

    Turning on the Killswitch for (Mac OS X)

    To turn on the killswitch for Mac OS X, click IPVanish at the top of the menu bar (It's right next to the ), then click on "Preferences". Once the "Preferences" window appears, click on "Connection" at the top and check the box labelled "Killswitch" as shown below:


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