More and more people are getting away from traditional cable television and are relying more on streaming services such as Kodi and all it has to offer. Even many of those that still pay for satellite or cable are using Kodi part-time. This also can cause a problem if you have a data cap with your current internet provider and most internet customers have some sort of limit based on your plan. This is a simple solution and I would recommend that you add this setting to your setup to prevent your box from streaming all night while you dozed off in your bed watching the latest episode of Family Guy or Shark Tank.
Now on situations such as episodes this feature may not be needed because once the episode is completed you are likely required to choose another one, therefore the streaming is already stopped; however if you are on a live TV add-on, IPTV or a feed that is continuous this is a great feature to have installed.
This setting does not require frequent setup, nor does it require turning this feature on each time you use Kodi. Once it is set up, unless you clear data or delete and reinstall the program, it will stay setup.
You simply tell it how many minutes you would like it go idle, or without any person changing a channel, pausing a movie, touching a remote or any activity at all before requesting you to do so. Meaning if you set it to 2 hours or 120 minutes, if no one has changed add-ons, or pressed a button on your remote for 2 hours – it will ask if you are still wanting to watch television. If you are still awake and watching it, it will start the 2 hour count over once you click a button on your remote, otherwise within the specified amount of time (example: 60 seconds) if you do not click anything all streaming will stop on Kodi.
This feature is available in Kodi 15.1 and above including Jarvis edition. The instructions below are specifically for Kodi 16 Jarvis, but can be setup on the previous version, although the steps may be slightly different.
Sleep Timer Install Steps
Under the General tab, set your Service Check Time Minutes – This is best at 5 and means it will check every 5 minutes to see if you are still idle. If you were not still idle it will restart your idle countdown you have set such as 2 hours would start over. Also set the Waiting time for dialog which is how many seconds you have to click once it asks if you are still watching it, set to 60 is default.
Under the Supervision tab (center tab), Enable Video Supervision and Audio Supervision by making sure a dot is in the bullets.
Set the Video play back time and Audio play time to the length of time you wish your device being idle for that type of streaming before it alerts you to keep streaming or not – 150 (2 1/2 hours).
You can also set supervision mode to always or specify a timeframe meaning if you would like this feature to be used only at night or during specific hours you can customize that as well.
Once done click OK and you are set!
Now that you have these setting setup you will not have to worry if family and friends either go to bed, leave the house for dinner or anything else and leave your Kodi device streaming when no one is watching. It will automatically stop streaming once the quota you set is met.