TV Shows Not Working on Kodi: CDATA Error Solutions


In this post, we provide the solutions to the CDATA error that has affected many Kodi users while trying to watch TV shows via several Kodi addons, such as Exodus Redux.

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We have been offering workarounds and solutions to our readers via the reply to comments on various posts over the last few days. However, we thought it would be befitting to write this post that compiles all the possible solutions in one place.

Most Kodi addons source the TV show content from TVDB, a centralized database for TV shows. TVDB experienced a scraping glitch recently due to which many addons were affected.

While TVDB has now fixed the error, it is up to the developers to update their addons. Once the developers update the addons, TV Shows will start working again.

In the meantime, here are some of the workarounds that have worked for us.

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How to Watch TV Shows on Kodi Addons

#1: Use the Kodi addons that have already been updated

As I write this guide, only a handful of addons have updated their codes (and Exodus Redux is not one of them).

The two addons that have been fully updated and streaming TV Shows are The Crew and Numbers.

You can install these addons from the following links:

  • Install The Crew Addon on Kodi
  • Install The Numbers Addon on Kodi

If you already have these add-ons and they still don’t work for you, it is likely you do not have the updated version.

There is no need to uninstall these addons. Simply follow the regular installation instructions in the respective guides. The addons will get updated.

#2: Access TV Shows through the TV Calendar

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There are some addons that are yet to be updated as I write this guide (such as Exodus Redux). However, some of them have the TV Calendar option within the TV Shows category from where you can access and stream TV Shows.

Open the addon and navigate to TV Shows > TV Calendar. Lookup for the TV show you want to watch and start streaming.

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Alternative Solution: Use APKs instead of Addons

If you use Kodi on Android-based devices (such as FireStick, Mobile, Android TV Box, Smart TV, etc), it would be a great idea to use some APKs instead of the Kodi addons.

In fact, I am becoming more and more convinced these days that the APKs are far more reliable than the Kodi addons. Here are some of the popular APKs/apps you can use to watch your favorite TV Shows:

  • CatMouse APK
  • Cinema HD
  • UnlockMyTV
  • CyberFlix TV

Bonus Tip!

Whether you are using The Crew and Numbers Kodi addons or the APKs we suggested, I highly recommend using Real Debrid.

Real Debrid will give you access to tons of high quality streaming links, which you will not find normally. It will greatly increase your chances of successfully streaming TV Shows and enhance your overall viewing experience.

Follow our guide on How to set up and use Real Debrid with Kodi and APKs for more information.

Wrapping Up

So, these are the solutions to get you back to watching TV shows again. As I said, The Crew and Numbers addons have already been updated. They are streaming TV Shows. If you have Exodus Redux or any other addon with the TV Calendar option, use that as a workaround. Alternately, use APKs instead of addons if you have an Android device.


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