Smart TV: Watching Movies (For Free)
There’s never been a better time to own a smart TV like now. If you’re that typical Kenyan ‘urbanite’, you might have access to the internet for at least 70% of the time. Home internet is becoming cheaper and cheaper thanks to a growing middle class. This is further complemented by the entry of fiber optic internet into Kenya a few years back.
With most ISPs offering good bandwidth on the cheap, the internet uptake at the home level continues to increase. So is the surge in the acquisition of internet capable devices for the home, the most prominent being the smart TV.
Android Smart TVs pack a lot of perks and are suitable alternatives to your pay TV subscription. For instance, a GOtv subscription worth KSH 900 still can’t grant access to real premium content. Although video-on-demand services like ShowMax offer cheaper packages, they still struggle to meet your day to day TV watching needs. Here’s where the Android Smart TV saves the day.
If you have an Android TV, chances are that you can install a flurry of apps. From the premium apps like Netflix to the ever so mighty Kodi, you can expect to have at least one app from the offering. What does it take to watch free premium content on your smart TV only paying for your internet subscription? And yes, you don’t need to pay for anything else.
Watch Movies on Your Smart TV
To be able to watch premium content on your smart TV, you’ll need a few things:
- A stable internet connection (minimum 10mbps Zuku or Safaricom Home Fibre).
- A smart TV or a smart TV box.
- An Ethernet cable (optional but recommended)
A stable internet connection will let you play up to 1080p HD movies without buffering. I have been able to achieve this on Zuku which is the worst of the 2 mentioned options. I capped my resolution to 720p. Read along and find out why. For my set up, I’m using a TCL 32D2910S Android Smart TV (which you can buy here). I have connected the TV to the router via an Ethernet cable, which to me gives a better experience compared to WiFi. So with this setup, what’s next?
The final step will be the app. Depending on your preference, you might install Netflix, Kodi or any other app you wish to. If you choose to go with Netflix, everything is pretty straightforward. You’ll be up and running as soon as its installed. For other apps, say Kodi for example, you need to do a little more tweaking but trust me, it’s well worth it. Kodi works with 3rd party plugins like Genesis, Specto, Exodus, Covenant and Sanctuary to name a few. You can watch how to install these add-ons here and here as well.
I will be posting a detailed tutorial on how to install and use the best Kodi add-ons and other great Smart TV APKs. But hey, I just got started. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel in the meantime to be the first to know when we upload new videos as well.
To learn how to safely uninstall unwanted third party system apps from your Android TV without rooting your TV, click this link and read our guide: How To Uninstall Unwanted System Apps From Your Android TV (Without Root Access). Some of our Android Smart TV tutorials and guides are based on the very reliable TCL32D2910S Android Smart TV. You can grab the TCL 32D2910S Android Smart TV which we have also reviewed here from Jumia.