The Covenant Kodi addon, a fresh fork of the popular Exodus Kodi addon, dropped with some fanfare in mid-July 2017. The new addon is making waves for some reasons. First, it’s picking up where Exodus left off after TVADDONS disappeared with little warning and after this dropped the addon after getting back online. Although Exodus has been silently updated for the last few weeks, it’s slowly been breaking down and may no longer be trustworthy. The new Covenant add-on pledges to improve upon its predecessor, simultaneously keeping the same functionality and most of the same design.
Read on just to learn more about installing and using Covenant, including:
- Where to install the most recent version of Covenant
- Covenant features
- The best alternatives to Covenant
Update 10/23/2017: During our previous check, the most current of Covenant can befound directly through a Github install, or in another official developer repository. We’ve just added an installation guide for adding the latest version through a direct zip installfrom Github.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 How to Install Covenant Kodi Addon
- 3 What is the Covenant Kodi Addon?
- 4 I Can’t Download the Colossal Repository. Now What?
- 5 Covenant Kodi Addon: Features Walkthrough
- 6 Why Use Covenant?
- 7 Covenant Kodi Addon Alternatives
- 8 Live TV Streaming Options
Before we Proceed
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How to Install Covenant Kodi Addon
The Covenant Kodi addon comes straight from developer T H E A L P H A. The addonand its repository currently sit on the same site hosted by the developer Smash, who runs the Smash Repository. Smash is where you’ll find several other popular add-ons, such as the most recent versions of the Exodus Kodi addon, and updated versions for The Royal We and SALTS (Stream All The Sources).
The Covenant addon exists in a new repository, the Colossal Repository. You caneither install the Colossal Repo, or you can install Covenant directly from theColossal Repo through Github.
If you want the latest version of Covenant without download issues, we suggest using the direct Github download. Note, however, that this method means you may not get automatic updates and you may be missing some dependencies.
Option 1: Direct Zip Download
To install Covenant directly through Github, do the following:
- Go tot he following web address to find the latest version of Covenant: https://github.com/Colossal1/repository.colossus/tree/master/plugin.video.covenant
- Click on the most recently updated version of the zip file
- On the next screen, click on Download
- Open Kodi, and go to Add-ons
- Click on the Package symbol
- Click on Install from zip
- Locate where you saved the Covenant zip file onto your computer (usually somewhere in the C: drive) and click on it to install Covenant.
Option 2: Colossus Repository
The Colossus Repository can no longer be added directly. Instead, you’ll need toinstall Colossus repository from within the SMASH Repository.
Click here to learn how to install the SMASH Repository. Here below, we’ve provided some guidance on how to find Colossus within the SMASH repo.
- From your Kodi home screen, click on Add-ons
- Next, select the Package Symbol on the top left
- Next, click on Install from repository
- Locate the SMASH repository and click on it
- Next, click Add-on Repositories
- From there, locate and click on Colossal Repository, then click Install
- Having received a successful installation message on the top right, return to thescreen to the repositories list and locate Colossal Repository. You’ll find Covenant located under Video Add-ons.
What is the Covenant Kodi Addon?
News broke out about the new Covenant Kodi Addon on the T H E A L P H A’S Twitter page:
That announcement also included the painful message (for some) that with the release of Covenant, Exodus would no longer be supported. It indicates that T H E A L P H A and other creators were, indeed, still pushing out updates to keep Exodus going in the wake of TVAddons’ disappearance.
The Exodus Kodi addon has long been one of the most popular TV and movie streaming addons available. Its loss was met with a considerable amount of complaints by the third-party Kodi addon community, many of whom were first drawn into Kodithrough the Exodus addon.
Kodi users on the Addons4Kodi subreddit quickly latched onto the new addon. Several posts about it landed on the front page of the subreddit, with many users voicing concern about an inability to actually access the website where the addon is housed:
Due to T H E A L P H A’s own popularity on Twitter and the popularity of the Exodusaddon in general, the website hosting the Colossal Repository and the Covenantaddon was overloaded, causing the site to crash. Even hours later, at this time of writing, the site is still inconsistently working. Error messages are still appearing when attempting to access the site or install addons from the repository.
There are a bunch of reasons one might want to make a transition from Exodus toCovenant. The first, and perhaps most important, is the fact that Exodus is no longer supported. Exodus was transferred over to TVAddons after a large shakeup with theoriginal developer (Lambda). However, it was only months later that TVAddons went dark, leaving the Exodus addon unsupported once again.
Due to its popularity, some Kodi third-party addon creators made up their mind to keep Exodus going. It appears this was until they officially rolled out the Covenant fork. Given Exodussupport has officially ended, the addon is now on its last legs and will eventually stop working unless it is picked up again by other developers. For now, you will likely beable to continue using Exodus until that support finally runs out.
I Can’t Download the Colossal Repository. Now What?
If you are currently experiencing issues trying to download the Colossal Repository, just keep trying. As told above, a considerable number of requests is causing access issues on the site. This is likely to be a temporary issue. Unfortunately, the CovenantKodi addon currently exists in only one location, so if you can’t access it from theMediarepos.net location, you won’t be able to get it anywhere else.
You can also still download and install Exodus. Click here to access our Exodus installation guide.
If you managed to download the Colossal Repository, but are receiving “AddonInstallation Failed” messages, this is also because of the server load. Keep trying todownload the addon. When attempting to access this addon for our guide, we also stumble on several error messages before a successful download attempt took place.
Covenant Kodi Addon: Features Walkthrough
Perhaps the greatest question anybody will have when transferring over to Covenant isjust what differentiates it from Exodus.
The most immediate and obvious change is with the logo. The two logos are different, although still very similar. This is not too surprising. Exodus itself was a fork of Genesis, which also had a similar logo. The Specto Kodi addon, which also provides TV andmovie streaming, is also an Exodus fork with a noticeably similar logo:
The main menus in the Covenant Kodi addon are unchanged from that of Exodus. Infact, even the background image theme is still the same as what was in Exodus, although the movie and TV show images in the background have changed.
You’ll find all of the following options in the Covenant main menu:
- TV Shows
- My Movies
- My TV Shows
- New Movies
- New Episodes
In case you’re wondering, this is all unchanged from what is currently on Exodus. Every menu option also features the same content as what you’ll find in Exodus. There is no word on whether this will change in the future.
Why Use Covenant?
There are some reasons why you might want to make the transition over to theCovenant Kodi addon sooner rather than later:
- The search function is working
- Trakt integration works
- All account integrations work
- It is developer supported
Some of these reasons are also problems, which emerged immediately following TVAddons leaving the scene. The issues were mostly fixed here or there, but it’s likely that you will find more breakdowns occurring with Exodus, should you choose to stick with theaddon. If you’re an Exodus user, your best move right now is to switch over toCovenant, as both addons offer the same content and features.
Covenant Kodi Addon Alternatives
Genesis Reborn is the rebirth of the Genesis Kodi addon, an older TV and movie streaming addon, which predated Exodus. You’ll find that your experience with GenesisReborn is very similar to that of Exodus, which is none too surprising given they share the same code. The only real difference between Genesis Reborn and Covenant isthat everything in Genesis Reborn is branded “Genesis” – that includes all of the menu names, such as “Genesis Movies” and “Genesis Search.”
This recommendation needs to come as no surprise, considering Specto mentioned above. Specto is a simple Exodus fork, just like Covenant. Specto follows the same pattern, andmuch like Covenant, changes very little of what Exodus does well. You’ll find thelayout is the same as what’s in Exodus, Covenant, and Genesis Reborn, and theaddon functions the same way. The only key difference here is the inclusion of a “MySpecto” section where you can house your favorite TV shows and movies.
SALTS (Stream All The Sources)
If you’re looking for an addon that isn’t just another carbon copy of Exodus, SALTS might be your go-to option. This addon is actually far more simplified than Exodusand its forks and searches through an arguably larger number of sources. SALTS was also recently resurrected with fresh support, making it a good option to go to if youcan’t seem to get the new Covenant addon working, or if you simply can’t find whatyou’re looking for in the Covenant addon or any one of the other Exodus forks.
BBC iPlayer (iPlayer WWW)
If you live in the UK, have a valid TV License, and enjoy the vast amount of content available on the BBC, you’ll see that the BBC iPlayer addon, iPlayer WWW, is a great addon to have around. Simply put, few addons offer streaming in as high quality as you’ll find with this addon, specifically because all of the content comes legally and directly from the BBC. If you’re outside of the US traveling, you’ll need a VPN to access your BBC content through here.
Additional Movie and TV Streaming Options
Looking for more? Check out our longer guides on TV and movie streaming addons:
- Best Kodi Addons for Movies 2017 – Watch Movies on Kodi
- Best Kodi Addons for TV Shows 2017 – Watch TV Shows on Kodi
Live TV Streaming Options
If you’re looking for live TV streaming options, you will not find that with Covenantor any other Exodus fork. However, there are a huge number of worthy Kodi addons that offer up a considerable amount of live TV and movie streams.
Goodfellas is the second iteration of the popular Goodfellas Kodi addon. You’ll find a large number of mostly US and UK TV streams here. However, you can find some awesome international content here too. Goodfellas 2.0 is regularly maintained, although the maintenance can be somewhat inconsistent.
The brand-new Quantum Kodi addon is the revision of an older, popular livestreaming addon, Sanctuary. Quantum is not just one addon, however. It’s a collection of older addons, which were abandoned and are now housed under one roof. Given hownew this addon is, it’s still being actively maintained and regularly updated. You’ll also find that the Quantum addon looks quite different than its predecessor, which is a bit refreshing after using the many different, although nearly intact, Exodus forks.
Rising Tides is getting more popular. As many of the popular live TV addons have slowly stopped working, several new ones have emerged to take their place. Rising Tides is one of them. The given addon offers up a huge number of working live TV streams forthose who want variety. Rising Tides has a heavy sports focus, making it a good go-tofor those who enjoy watching sports on Kodi.
Made in Canada IPTV
The Made in Canada IPTV Kodi addon is a bit smaller than some of the other options, but a good place to turn if you want quality, working streams. Notwithstanding its name, MiC also gives access to US streaming content along with a large dose of Canadian TV.
Is there an addon you’re interested in that you don’t see listed here? Let us know andwe’ll research it for you. Just leave a comment below!