What is Kodi?
Kodi is an open-source home theater program which supports a wide range of modern device platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, iOS and so on. You can use it to stream both locally stored content and that available from online sources.
While you can use it anywhere in the world, the sources from where you get your Kodi movies and TV shows may be regionally restricted. Prominent examples include torrent websites, streaming services such as Netflix and so on.
Limitations of the platform
From using Kodi to Stream Live TV Channels to using Kodi to Watch Free Movies, the possibilities are endless thanks to its source agnostic nature. The catch is that you’ll sometimes run into restrictions enforced on the content source itself.
Netflix US, for instance, is only available to US audiences, so you won’t be able to access it directly from Kodi if you’re in Australia.
Put another way, if you’re streaming a movie from a torrent site – it is just as illegal as saving it to your hard drive, and you may suffer from P2P throttling or copyright infringement notices depending on your ISP.
This isn’t Kodi’s fault, but a source-side issue.
How to use Kodi anonymously to access global content?
In order to achieve anonymity when using this software, you’ll need to mask your IP address so that your ISP (and all other prying eyes) cannot identify the source of the web traffic i.e. you. Furthermore, if you are able to make your IP address look like it belongs to a particular region, you’ll be able to use the Kodi app to access sources of that region that were previously blocked for you in Australia!
You can do this either with a VPN or, in a slightly less secure way, using Smart DNS software. A VPN works by creating a private tunnel over the internet through which your device communicates with one of the VPN service’s own servers in a different location and then onto the rest of the internet.
The effect is to make it appear that your traffic is actually originating from the server, with its IP address. So for example, if the server is in the US, it would make your device appear to be in the US, allowing you to access content from Netflix, Amazon Instant, and HBO Go while you’re really in Australia.
A VPN will also encrypt your communication so that no one is able to inspect it to trace it back to your device. A Smart DNS, instead of using a virtual tunnel, employs customized DNS servers to route part of your traffic (i.e. the one between Kodi and streaming channel) through a different location, which effectively lets you circumvent the geo-block.
However, it lacks the security afforded by the encryption as in the case of VPNs.
Using a VPN with Kodi compatible devices
Certain platforms such as Windows PC, Android and iOS will require you to install the native OS app provided by the VPN provider and run it in the background before you fire up Kodi. The reason is that the VPN developers have not designed addons that can be used from within Kodi.
On Mac OS X, besides the approach described above, you’ll also find third-party OpenVPN addons that can be used to control the native VPN app running outside Kodi.
You’ll need to download OpenVPN configuration files from the actual VPN service provider and supply them to the addon. Afterward, you’ll be able to turn the VPN on and off from inside Kodi.
If you have Kodi TV downloaded on set-top systems such as Roku, Fire TV, and Chromecast, you’ll mostly need to specifically search for a VPN provider that has apps (or alternative support) for these devices.
The other option is to set up a VPN in your router directly – so that all traffic within your house is routed via the VPN’s servers (unless you opt to install a separate router for Kodi to this end).
Some decent VPN providers you can use with Kodi in Australia are ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and IPVanish. All offer multiple simultaneous connections, OpenVPN supported tunneling, detailed setup guides on configuring the service on an array of devices, and most importantly, fast connection speeds so you can enjoy Kodi uninterrupted.
Using a Smart DNS proxy with Kodi compatible devices
There are some Smart DNS providers that offer dedicated addons for Kodi, but the most popular method of setting up a Smart DNS is by simply supplying the custom DNS values you receive from the service provider to your device’s internet connection settings.
For devices that don’t allow you to change the DNS values, you’ll need to change them in the router they’re connected to.
Remember that Smart DNS services are faster than VPNs because they use no encryption, but they suffer from a limited selection of servers and a greater risk of being flagged by the geo-restricted service you’re attempting to access.
A cheap Smart DNS service that can be used with Kodi in Australia is Unlocator – it, too, comes with comprehensive setup guides to get it running on various devices.