Using Kodi and PlayOn to Watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video

By | November 15, 2015

Using Kodi to Watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video

As anyone Who has tried to watch The work around is a program called PlayOn.
It does require a computer to run as a server and it cost $5 dollars a month for the service.
There is a free trial version that is limited and they do give a 30 day money back guarantee.
How to Setup PlayOn
First you will need a computer to run PlayOn which has the requirements listed as 512 MB of RAM and Internet Explorer 9 or higher.
Those are some basic requirements that even an old computer should have.
Next the PlayOn program will need to be download which can downloaded here. PlayOn Website.
After PlayOn downloads install it and following the basic prompts.
The first time it opens it will play some videos which you can skip. At the bottom left click on the setting button and then the Channels Tab.
watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video with Kodi

In the Channels tab enter the username and password for which service you would like to play with-in Kodi, such as Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon Instant Video. There are more services if you have the username/password.
How to watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video with Kodi

Click Apply to save your information and the PlayOn server should be setup.
Setting Up Kodi With PlayOn
To stream movies or TV shows from PlayOn Kodi needs to be setup.

Go to System–>Settings
Watch Amazon Prime Instant Video with Kodi

Click Services
Watch Netflix with Kodi

With-In Upnp/DLNA turn on each box to enable them.
Watch Hulu with Kodi

Back out to the main screen.

Click Video–>Files
Setup Kodi with Amazon Prime

Add Videos

A box will come, click on Browse.
How to watch Amazon Prime Videos with Kodi
Another box will come up, click UPnP Devices.

Kodi will automatically see the PlayOn server on the network and display the name, click on it.
Play on Server Kodi Install 1

A list will come up of all the streaming services available. A single service can be selected or all can be selected.
Amazon Instant Video and Kodi 1

Click the OK button to install all the services or the selected one.

The Kodi client and PlayOn server should now be setup.

Watching Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix though PlayOn is not as easy as using a add-on but is simple enough to setup.
Also a computer must be run in the background and the full version of PlayOn.
While not completely ideal it does work for now until a add-on for Kodi comes along that replaces it.


4 thoughts on “Using Kodi and PlayOn to Watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Instant Video

  1. grafixfrh

    Actually you do not need Playon you can use Advanced launcher and actually create interface launchers that match your interface screen setup and launch the actual windows apps for those streaming programs very easy setup as the advanced launcher is the best add-on I have found for Kodi bar none when it come to customization for Kodi.

  2. Pamela

    Am i then able to record and download at 1080p from kodi any of these streams? I’m looking for a way to record and download from hulu but not loose quality

  3. Marco

    Also a computer must be run in the background and the full version of PlayOn is $5 dollars a month.

    Question: Can the computer running in the background be the SAME computer that is running KODI? For example, running Playon, minimized, and then turning on KODI?

    1. WirelessHack

      I haven’t tested it running that way but I think it should work as long as your computer is fastest enough to run both.

      You could test it with the trial download to see if they connect.

      If you do test it let us know how it goes.


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