An RSS feed is a live stream of information that typically keeps you up to date with real time information such as stock prices, news headlines, weather info and new posts on popular forums.
You’ve probably already noticed the RSS feeds within Kodi – when you install the default setup, you’ll see a number of headlines scrolling across the top of the screen. This is an RSS feed from Kodi.tv and provides you with headlines from new articles posted on the site to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on in the world of Kodi.
As we all know though, you can customise pretty much every aspect of Kodi. Perhaps you want the information scrolling at the top of your screen to contain information from other websites too. Maybe you’re not interested in what’s going on on Kodi.tv and want to remove that RSS feed. Or possibly, you just want to remove all RSS feed information all together.
Well, that all can be done pretty easily just by playing around with the settings within Kodi’s main menu.
Finding an RSS feed
The first step to adding/editing an RSS stream is to find an RSS feed that you’re interested in. There are a couple of easy ways to do this:
– Firstly do a search for something **the news you’re interested in** and RSS feed (e.g “BBC News RSS feed” or “UK sports RSS feed” etc)
– If you have a preferred website, blog or forum that you want to stream into Kodi, have a look at the footer of the page the next time you visit. Many of them will have an RSS icon at the bottom that you can click. From there just copy the feed address that shows up in your browser.
For this tutorial, I’m going to remove the standard Kodi.tv RSS feed and replace it with the feed from the BBC Sport Headlines. Let’s get going.
1. Click on System from your main screen menu
2. Now choose Appearance from menu options on the left.
You should find yourself in the theme’s main settings (check out the screenshot below to confirm).
3. Scroll down the settings in the main part of the screen until you find a menu option ‘Show RSS news feeds’ If you don’t want any RSS feeds to show up in your build, then you can turn this off by making sure that the button on the right of the screen is not clicked.
If you want RSS feeds though, you need to make sure that this option is activated
4. Now scroll down a little further. Immediately under the ‘Show RSS news feeds’ option, you should find ‘-Edit.’Click it.
If this is your first time accessing the feeds, you’ll find that URLs from XBMC.org are added by default (as in the screen shot below).
5. As the buttons state, you can add, remove or change feed URLs. Bear in mind though that you need at least one valid RSS feed for any content to be displayed. Therefore, I’m going to click the ‘Remove’ button twice to remove the bottom two feeds.
I’m now left with just a single feed that I’m going to change to the BBC Sports headline URL that we listed above.
6. To do this, click on the URL that is currently listed in the box. The Kodi keyboard will pop up with the URL of the current RSS feed listed underneath the letters
7. Replace this URL with the RSS feed of your choice. I’m going to chose the BBC Sports RSS feed so have pasted in http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/sportonline_uk_edition/front_page/rss.xml
8. Click Done
9. You’ll now be asked to set an update interval. This is the time (in minutes) that Kodi will go back to the website of your choice and refresh the RSS feed with new content. The default value is 30, so I’m going to leave it at that but you can change it as you wish.
10. Click Ok
11. You can add more feeds if you with by clicking on the ‘Add’ button and copying in more feed URLs. One you’ve finished, click on the OK button under the list of your RSS feeds.
12. You’ll be back in the main settings of your skin. Exit back to your main menu and check out the content going across the top of your screen. You should find that you now have your content from your chosen site going across the top of your screen.
And that’s all there is to it.
Some popular RSS feeds
Here are the URLs of some popular RSS feeds:
Sky News Homepage: http://feeds.skynews.com/feeds/rss/home.xml
BBC News Homepage: http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_uk_edition/front_page/rss.xml
BBC Business News: http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_uk_edition/business/rss.xml
BBC Sport Headlines: http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/sportonline_uk_edition/front_page/rss.xml
BBC Football Headlines: http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/sportonline_uk_edition/football/rss.xml
BBC Technology News: http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_uk_edition/technology/rss.xml
TechCrunch have a wide range of feeds that you can access
BBC Entertainment: http://newsrss.bbc.co.uk/rss/newsonline_uk_edition/entertainment/rss.xml
Rolling Stone Movie News: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies.rss
Kodi Tips: http://www.koditips.com/feed/
Kodi Junkie: http://www.kodijunkie.com/feed
Best For Kodi: http://bestforkodi.com/feed/
SEO Michael: https://seo-michael.co.uk/rss/
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Until next time!