How to enable InputStream Adaptive in Kodi

How to enable InputStream Adaptive in Kodi

InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input are two essential and important Kodi addons which are necessary to play certain types of streams. If you are having issues playing streams you may want to check if these two addons are enabled.

In this guide we will explain to you what InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input are and how to enable them.

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InputStream Adaptive simply explained

InputStream Adaptive is a so-called binary Kodi addon for internet streams. It acts as a demuxer for segmented, multi-bitrate video content. Multi-bitrate means these streams are able to dynamically adjust the quality depending on your internet connection. So if you are having a slow connection these kind of internet streams lower the bitrate for you to ensure a stable playback.

Supported video formats are:

  • HLS multi-bitrate (.m3u8)
  • Smoothstream manifest (.ism)
  • MPEG dash manifest (.mpd)

Also with this addon Kodi is able to play copy-protected content. Offiical streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ are protecting their streams with DRM systems. InputStream Adaptive supports following DRMs:

  • Microsoft PlayReady (Android only)
  • Google Widevine
  • Encrypted HLS streams

RTMP Input simply explained

RTMP stands for “Real Time Messaging Protocol”. This protocol is developed by Adobe Inc. to stream and play Flash streams. Some Kodi addons offer Flash videos so you also want to enable RTMP Input in your Kodi settings.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi

01 – In your Kodi home screen click on “Add-ons” on the left side.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi - Step 1

 

02 – On the top left click on the box symbol.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi - Step 2

 

03 – The Kodi addon browser opens. Select “Install from repository”.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi - Step 3

 

04 – Select the official Kodi Addon Repository.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi - Step 4

 

05 – Scroll down and open the category “VideoPlayer InputStream”.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi - Step 5

 

06 – If there are two crosses next to “InputStream Adaptive” and “RTMP Input” these two addons are not working and you need to enable them.

Click on “InputStream Adaptive”.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi - Step 6

 

07 – On the bottom select “Enable”.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi - Step 7

 

08 – Make sure that there is a checkmark symbol now instead of a cross. Repeat these steps for RTMP Input.

Enable InputStream Adaptive and RTMP Input in Kodi - Step 8

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