If you’re on the lookout for an Android TV box, XBMC support is one of the most important factors that you should keep an eye out for. And if you want to make the most of the pre-installed XBMC software on your TV box, then you need to install the right add-ons that will significantly improve your viewing experience.
So without further ado, here are some of the best add-ons you can find for XBMC Android TV boxes this 2015:
- Add-on Installer – this add-on is a staple for your Android TV box. XBMC add-ons will be a lot easier to install if you spend the time learning how to install this installer. Insert “yo dawg” here, as old as that pun could be. Moving on, download the installer using a web browser. Transfer it to your TV box. Now open up XBMC. Go to Settings->Addons->Install Fromm ZIP File, select Add-on Installer, and let your TV box do the rest.
- YouTube – yes, YouTube has been around even before Android TV boxes with XBMC entered the market. This add-on, however, is still a classic that you should never pass by – especially since watching YouTube on a home theater system gives it a much more cinematic feel than watching it hunched over your phone, tablet or laptop.
- OpenSubtitles–if you’re a fan of foreign films but need the help of subtitles to understand what’s going on or simply prefer watching movies with the subs turned on, then you’ll definitely want to install OpenSubtitles on your Android TV box. XBMC add-ons like these automatically hook up the movies you have lined up with subtitles found on the ‘net – a very useful feature for some folks.
- ROM Collection Browser – do you have your old Nintendo or Sega games lying about? Then ROM Collection Browser is an add-on you’ll want to install on your XBMC-supported Android TV box. It even downloads art and information from the ‘net to help give your ROM collection an appealing library feel. Just hook up a game controller and you should be good to go!
- Twitch– whether you’re keen to keep up with the latest professional teams or are a fan of entertainers that mix charm and humor into their gaming, Twitch is one add-on that any avid gamer should install on their Android TV with XBMC support. This is one of those cases where you can find the Twitch app on the Google Play Store on your Android TV box. XBMC, however, lumps it along with the other streaming services you have on your box – keeping them all nice and organized in one place.
- Crunchyroll – fans of anime, manga and Asian dramas will be very pleased to know that Crunchyroll has released an add-on for XMBC TV boxes. Users can watch anime for free, or can sign up for a fee to get access to even more content that is ad-free and higher-quality streams. You’ll definitely want to grab a premium membership for the 720p and 1080p streams that will really make full use of the wider viewing space of display devices hooked up to Android TV with XBMC.
- Rdio – have a hankering to play some radio in the background? Sign up for a Rdio account and you’ll have all the songs you want to listen to. It also has a social networking aspect to it, where you can listen in to what other people listen to. Or you can customize your own station so that it plays the music you want to. You can opt to sign up for a paid subscription, which offers unlimited ad-free music that you can download and listen to even when you’re disconnected from an active Internet access point. Or you can stick to the free model with occasional ads and restrictions on rewinds, skips and restarts.
Keep these apps in mind, and you’ll be able to do so much more with your Android TV box. XBMC add-ons are, after all, what make the platform stand out head and shoulders from the competition!
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