Android Internet TV XBMC/Kodi Resource Guide

Android Internet TV XBMC Resource Guide

Your Guide to the Best Android Internet TV Boxes, Apps, and XBMC/Kodi Experience!

The Android Platform has exploded in the last few years and for watching Internet TV, Android boxes offer some of the best alternatives to a full fledged HTPC for using with XBMC/Kodi.

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This guide will help you navigate through what is one of the most exciting media streaming platforms on the market. 

Android is an operating system that many of you are probably already familiar with and have on tablets, smart phones and other devices. What makes the Android OS great is it was bought by and supported by Google. The Google Play Store rivals iTunes and contains many thousand apps that will let your Android device do almost anything. Many of these same apps or apks as they are called will also work on your phones or tablets as well. For the purpose of this Resource Guide we will limit it to Android Internet TV media players.

Until recently, you could go on eBay and buy any number of low cost Android media streaming boxes that came preinstalled with XBMC. Not only did they have XBMC they also contained almost every XBMC add-on imaginable to watch free TV and Movies. The patent holders of XBMC contacted eBay and filed a complaint that since these software add-ons did not come with their original clean install of XBMC and linked to pirated Movies and TV shows all over the internet they did not want the XBMC/Kodi name associated with these boxes. eBay complied and sellers listings were all removed. Users can still install all these same add-ons themselves or still get some of these same loaded boxes on Amazon. We will show you which are the best of these boxes, and help you find and install the the same XBMC add-ons.

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Best Android Internet TV Media Streaming Boxes

With dozens of manufacturers building multiple models of Android Internet TV Media Streaming boxes, here are some of our top choices. We choose these models based on after market support by the manufacturer, firmware updates and user reviews.

Minix Neo X8-H Current Flagship Ultra 4K Quad Core Internet TV Streamer

If you are the looking for a high quality box that comes with just a plain clean install of XBMC and not much else. Or, a "build it yourself" Android Internet TV box then take a look at Minix. This is a box you can customize with apks and XBMC/Kodi add-ons of your choice. Minix is a good solid platform and builds a very nice Android internet TV media streamer.

  • CPU: Quad-Core Cortex A9r4 Processor
  • GPU: Octo Core Mali 450
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage : 16GB eMMC
  • DualBand WiFi, Bluetooth, 4K HDMI, RJ-45 Jack, Media reader card slots, 3x USB2.0 port, Micro-USB OTG port, IR Receiver, Mic Jack, Headphone Jack, Android KitKat 4.4 OS

Learn More about the Minix Neo X8-H and buy it on Amazon »

2014 SkyStreamX 4 Quad Core Android Smart Internet TV Box

If you need a plug and play Android internet TV box that comes with all the best XBMC/Kodi add-ons preinstalled, look no further than the SkystreamX 4. It also comes with a powerful Quad Core CPU and will support 4K UHD. This Android internet TV streamer is backed by an American distributer and has one of the best "No Questions Asked Replacement Warranties" in the industry.

While this streaming TV box will cost you a little more,  for those of you that are not technical and just want a box to turn on and start watching free TV this is it!

Manufacturer Description:
"With the SkyStreamX4 Quad Core we guarantee that you will have the best Android experience with the smoothest playback & fastest load times! The video resolution can go all the way up to 4K so you know this box can handle it all! This is a Quad Core multimedia center with an Android operating system that allows you to play and view content without having to pay for cable or any monthly subscriptions!"

Learn More about the SkyStreamX 4 and buy it on Amazon »

While the G-Box MX2 Midnight Dual Core XBMC Android 4.2 TV Box + Special Edition XBMC is still a very popular seller, the boxes listed above are now much faster and offer a better user experience for a little more money.

Update!!! New G-Box Q Quad Core is here!

XBMC/Kodi Add-Ons and Repositories

If you buy a Minix or other Android media streamer that comes with a plain vanilla OEM install of XBMC/Kodi, you will need to build and configure your own custom XBMC setup yourself. We have a few resource pages here on mkvXstream that will help you get started. For some of the most popular and best XBMC/Kodi add-ons and repos - Click Here!

For excellent video tutorials on how to turn your XBMC/Kodi media center into a PVR and watch live TV,  plus setup XBMC with the best Repos for watching free internet TV and Movies, be sure to check out: XBMC/Kodi How to For NOoBS.

Best Android APKs for Watching Free Internet TV

One of the best thing about using the Android platform as a media streamer besides XBMC/Kodi is it will also use apps that pretty much gives you the ability to watch much of the same content as you can using XBMC/Kodi. So if you don't want to mess with XBMC to watch movies and TV shows,  just download and install these free Android apps and you are ready to go.  Unlike Roku and Apple TV which both control the content they allow on their platform, the Android OS is unrestricted. That's why you can get XBMC/Kodi and many other great apps for Android which you will never find on Roku or Apple TV.

The following apps are among the top choices for watching FREE internet TV shows and Movies on the Android platform along with download links on where to get them. Many of these apps can't be found on the Google Play store so you will need to download them directly. To install these apps you will need to go into your System/Security settings and allow apps from unknown sources.

To learn more about how to get the most out of your Android box and streaming, be sure to read the following articles:

 - Best Android Apps for Free Movie Streaming

 - WiFi Internet Router Tips

Best Android Streaming TV Apps!

Watch Free Internet TV Shows and Movies with Show Box

Show Box

One of the Best Streaming TV and Movie Apps on Android

Watch Disney Movies on Android

Disney Movies Anywhere

New App that let's you watch all your Disney Movies on Android

Watch Cartoons Movies and TV shows on Android

HD Cartoon

Watch HD Cartoons and TV shows on Android

Watch Free Sports on Android

Sport TV Plus

Watch Free Sports and TV Shows on Android.

Watch Free Sports on Android


Use Your Android Media Streamer to Watch Netflix.

Mobdro Find Free Movies on Android


Mobdro Crawls the Web for Free Video Streams.

Limo TV Find Free Movies on Android

Limo TV

Watch Hundreds of Live Channels on your Android device.

TV Portal Android apk

TV Portal

"Tons of programs and TV series at your fingertips"

TuneIn Radio Android apk

TuneIn Radio

Listen to the Largest Collection of Radio Stations in the World FREE!

LiveNow TV Android apk


"Watch and record live TV anywhere, anytime"

FilmOn TV Android apk

FilmOn TV

"FilmOn 120 Live TV HD Channels"

These are some great Android apps to help you get started watching FREE Internet TV!