What's it like? Well, I tried it.
Being able to watch whatever you want, whenever you want, for free, is both liberating and amazingly overwhelming. Practically everything in cyberspace is at your disposal. The interface has a futuristic vibe, and its customizable with different wallpapers and skins just like an old-school media player (anybody remember Winamp?).
But it's not without its faults. It sure as hell doesn't run as smoothly as Netflix or a Roku player. For starters, it's not an app that's accessible via the home screen, unless you’re running on the latest Amazon Fire OS version (which in that case, you’ll find the Kodi shortcut on the Recent Tab.) Those who aren’t must dig around in Settings to find it, and select the add-on to watch from there.
Navigating through Kodi can be cumbersome because you're stuck searching for content using the streaming player's controller. It's nowhere near as intuitive as a gamepad, keyboard, or smartphone. Luckily, developers have rolled out new programs that make Kodi more conducive to the user. The Yatste app, for example, grants full control of Kodi directly from your smartphone with offline library synchronization, voice commands, and a virtual keyboard to search content faster. Then there's Trakt, which keeps a comprehensive history of what you watch by "scrobbling" all films and shows to your personal profile, which is then linked to your favorite add-ons like Exodus or Phoenix for instant access. Both make for some pretty sweet Kodi hacks for your Amazon Fire TV.
Videos are hit or miss -- it wholly depends on what media pirates upload. For flicks that just hit theaters, expect a lot of links to shitty bootlegged footage. Most other movies and TV shows look alright since they are either ripped from DVDs or DVR'd and uploaded.
Live programming isn't so great, with streams constantly freezing and looking blurry. Selecting the best-looking streams is really a game of chance since most file hosts don’t have the bandwidth to support thousands of viewers at once, therefore diminishing picture quality. So watching a UFC fight isn't very exciting -- that being said, if someone's willing to go through all these technical loopholes, it stands to reason they can figure out how to boost their Wi-Fi connection and up the picture quality.