Native Netflix Kodi plugin being developed

The all-in-one media player app Kodi has support for a lot of different types of media sources, although Netflix has been one that has required numerous workarounds. The reason is due to DRM. Kodi has has some support for Widevine DRM for a while, but not enough to entirely support the service.

That’s changing due to new support for DRM in Kodi’s software platform. On Android, there is already support for a Netflix add-on in Agile builds of Kodi 18. As shown in the video below, a user is able to browse content on Netflix and play it smoothly. This is because of the new InputStream addon which allows for playback of protected content.

Edit: As a commenter points out, Kodi will not natively support DRM, but will be able to reroute binary streams into the device’s native DRM libraries in order to obtain decoded content.

The plugin code, which is unofficial, is open sourced on GitHub. Right now the plugin is pretty barebones, with features like “Continue Watching” and show metadata not present. But it does support multiple profiles, search, and browsing, so all the functionality you’d expect.

Everything here is still experimental, so don’t rely on it too much for the moment. Most Android TVs (with the Razer Forge being a notable exception) already support the Netflix app, which may give a better experience. But if you’re a fan of Kodi, you can follow the GitHub link above to get started. You can also take a look at this thread on Kodinerds, which is in German, as they are looking for beta testers.

Thanks to our anonymous tipper

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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