How to stream movies and tv shows with Kodi and Placenta

Placenta has become popular among the Kodi community for movies and tv shows. It has a familiar interface and features like the now defunct add-on Covenant. Debrid, TMDB, Trakt and Alluc are all supported. 

For more information on Kodi and a list of popular add-ons, see How to stream tv shows, movies, and sports with Kodi.

Installation instructions for Placenta

  1. Launch Kodi.
  2. Navigate to SettingsFile Manager.
  3. Select Add Source.
  4. In the path text field, type “”. Navigate to the name text field and name it “gaia” (or whatever you want) and then select Ok.
  5. Go back to the main screen (the easiest method is to use your keyboard’s Backspace key) and select SettingsSystem Setting → Addons and enable Unknown sources.
  6. Go back to the main screen and select Add-ons  → My Add-ons and then select “..” (this will take you to the main Addons page).
  7. Select Install from a zip file.
  8. Select the gaia source you added earlier and then select the latest version of It could take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to install and you may not receive a confirmation prompt. Just wait a minute or two before proceeding to the next step.
  9. Select Install from repository → Gaia Repository → Video add-ons → Placenta and then select Install.  
  10. Once you’ve installed Placenta, you must enable it (new security feature in Kodi 17). Go back to the main screen and select Add-ons  → My Add-ons and then select “..” (this will take you to the main Addons page).
  11. Select My Add-ons → Video Add-ons.
  12. Select Placenta and then select Enable.
  13. The Add-on will appear on the main screen under Add-ons. If for some reason the add-on doesn’t show up, exit Kodi and then re-open Kodi.

Wrapping things up

Navigating the add-ons is fairly straight forward as they are menu driven. Try searching for a movie of your choice. You will notice numerous streams appear. These streams will have strings such as 1080P, HD, HQ, MQ, and LQ. These indicate the quality of the video.

It’s worth noting that many of the streams are provided by free file hosting services. If you’ve ever used them, you will know that there are daily bandwidth limits, throttling, and in some cases delays in accessing the stream. Keep this in mind when cycling through the stream to find a quality one. If you have a lot of trouble finding quality streams, try a premium service for sources such as Real-Debrid.

You may also be interested in How to stream content from your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to Kodi. Basically transforming your Kodi instance into an AirPlay or DLNA receiver.