Just when you’ve set out to enjoy some sporting action, a great movie, or an episode of your favorite TV show on Kodi, the last thing you would want is to be thrown the damper message, “Kodi no stream available.”
While Kodi lets you enjoy almost any video you’d like free and in HD, it’s actually the add-ons that fetch the streams you use, rather than Kodi itself. This means that since there are over a thousand Kodi add-ons available today, there are many reasons why you can get this error. In this guide, we’ll look at these possible causes then show you how to solve the “Kodi no stream available” error.
6 ways to fix the Kodi “No Stream Available” issue
There may be multiple solutions for this error, depending on the situation. Here are the 6 most common:
1. Check if you are using an outdated add-on
One of the common causes for this error is using an abandoned add-on. If a developer drops an add-on, it means that the add-on will no longer be updated and therefore it won’t work correctly. Most add-ons that have been abandoned can no longer fetch Kodi streams, and so you will always face this error when you use them.
However, when most of the popular add-ons are taken down, they are usually replaced with forks of the same. For example, Genesis was replaced by the popular Exodus add-on. It then resurfaced as Genesis Reborn, and others like Covenant have been replaced with a multitude of forks.
They do this due to the pressure they get from copyright trolls, and so always update yourself with the latest Kodi add-ons.
2. ISP throttling and blocking: use a VPN
If you are in Europe, Australia, or North America, it’s very likely that your ISP has been instructed to block certain streaming websites that host illegal streams. This has become a norm as copyright organizations, governments, and content providers join hands to fight illegal streaming on Kodi.
When your ISP blocks certain streams, you won’t be able to access them, and therefore Kodi will show the “No stream available’ error. This will also happen if your ISP decides to throttle your internet connection for either streaming illegal content or consuming a lot of bandwidth.
The only thing you can do in such a case is to use a VPN. A VPN (short for Virtual Private Network) works by encrypting your traffic and then tunneling it to a remote server of your choice. Since your traffic is encrypted, your ISP can no longer see the resources you access, and therefore you’ll overcome ISP throttling. And since you will be using a new server, ISP blocking will no longer bother you.
A VPN will do more than that, protecting you from DMCA notices when you stream pirated content. Almost all third-party add-ons provide illegal streams, and so you should never use them without a VPN.
Recommended read: Best VPN for Kodi
3. Unavailable sources
One other reason why you may get the “Kodi no stream available” error is that the stream is actually not available. In such a case, you can try another source within the add-on and if that doesn’t work, then move to another add-on. If the error persists, then you should know that you are perhaps looking for something that isn’t there.
This happens mostly with old movies, as they may get removed from various websites where Kodi add-ons retrieve them. It can also happen with new content, especially if a movie is still in theatres. In that period, most of the links available are usually not reliable, and even the ones that are, are usually low-quality cam copies.
These ones have just been recorded by a person in the theatre and then uploaded, and unless you really can’t wait, those copies usually aren’t worth it. Most of the videos with unavailable sources are usually daily shows or soap operas as it’s hard to keep updating them.
4. Clear Kodi providers and caches
Clearing cache and providers in their maintenance tools menu refreshes an add-on and boosts your streaming experience. It removes the unnecessary clutter that was slowing down the device or addon. This happens even with the best add-ons, and for this guide, we’ll use Exodus Kodi addon, which is one of the most popular. Though the add-on keeps getting shut down, it always resurfaces.
Here are the steps to clear providers and cache on Exodus addon:
- In the Exodus main menu, scroll down and click Tools
- Select EXODUS: Clear providers
- When asked to confirm, click Yes
- A “process complete” notification will pop up on the screen
- Scroll down and select EXODUS: Clear cache
- Click Yes to confirm
Check if your error is solved.
5. Ensure your network connection is fast
This one may sound like a cliché, but you should always ensure that your connection is strong enough to fetch a selected stream. This is because your router can even slow down for no big reason. In such a case, the problem can be fixed by unplugging the power and then restarting.
Otherwise, if your speeds are just slow, you can consider extending the amount of time an addon takes to return a stream. You can follow these steps on Exodus:
- On the Exodus main menu, click Tools
- Select Settings: General
- Click Providers Timeout and drag the slider to position you would like (in Exodus, 60 seconds is the maximum)
- After that, click OK and you are done
6. Refresh Kodi
If you’ve been using Kodi for a long time, the chances are that you have installed many repositories, add-ons, programs, etc. When these installations accumulate, they can start conflicting with one another and lead to errors and even lagging.
The best solution in such a case is to reset your Kodi to default settings. The most efficient way to do this is by using a maintenance tool like Ares Wizard or Indigo. This will restore the health of your application to 100%, and you’ll be good to go.