How To Troubleshoot SportsDevil Kodi Addon Issues Yourself [Updated]

Want to know more about how SportsDevil works and how you (too) can fix some of the issues you encounter yourself? read on.

Updated Jul 23, 2017How To's
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Since SportsDevil is such a sought-after product, or in this case – addon, I’ve decided to dedicate an entire post for explaining why some issues happen and how to troubleshoot them when they occur.

Although it sounds as a general topic, I’ll be covering specific nuances here as well.

Part 1 – Disclosure

Note 1: this post is intended to be expanded in future as more and (if) more issues will suddenly pop up, or when I’ll have more information I think is worthy of sharing.

Hence, you may consider bookmarking this page for the sake of future revisits.

Note 2: I’m not the original author of the addon, nor am I developing Kodi / XBMC addons in general, at the moment. My contribution to this addon, if any, is only made for “extinguishing fires” sake, i.e I only fix broken things in case there’s no one else to do it.

That said, don’t expect me to fix your specific favorite channel that streams very choppy video, or some channels that never even worked in the first place. It is OK to leave a comment about it in the comments section of this page yet I can’t promise I’ll have the time to work on it.

Part 2 – The Principle

In order to be able to troubleshoot SportsDevil issues yourself, you’ll need to understand the principle of how it works. Once you’ll get the hang of it, it would be much easier on you to troubleshoot the problems you’re experiencing.

Basically, what SD (SportsDevil) does is connecting to online resources (http / rtmp) and fetch the streams inside them.

This means, those streams can also be watched in some other program, such as a web-browser for instance, and also it means that SD isn’t generating those streams itself.

However, the advantage of SD is that it groups those streams inside one place so that you won’t have to wander around, looking for / fetching them yourself.

Now, the Internet is pretty big so how does SD knows where to look for streams?

The answer is – someone, namely the developer or a contributor, has implemented a list of addresses that are known to provide sports streams.

Once a sports stream on one of these addresses has been found, SD would then also “scrape” the metadata, i.e the information and artwork (thumbnailsposter / cover / fanart), of it as well.

That’s the basic principle behind SportsDevil

Part 3 – What’s The Problem & How To Workaround?

I) No stream available

The most common problem you may encounter upon using SD is “No stream available“.

SportsDevil - no streams available

Once SD can’t find the stream it set out to fetch, it will pop up a message on your screen notifying you about it.

The reasons SD may not find a stream can be diverse, but the most common case is when the address (URL) of the stream was simply moved / removed.

Now, of course I don’t expect you to go through SD code and start matching addresses, however what you can do is see whether SD addon itself has changed.

I.e. you had one version where everything worked well and now you have a newer version and things stopped working. Vice versa is probable as well.

Remember that Kodi updates addons automatically by default. Once a newer version is available, even if that version is found on a different repository than the one you originally installed from, Kodi will update.

So for example, many users who have both TVaddons and SuperRepo repositories, which both may supply different versions of SportsDevil, are prone to have their addon auto-updated by either repository.

It’s important to stress that cross-updates from either of multiple sources (as described in the paragraph above) was something more common to Kodi versions prior to 17. In version 17 and above Kodi lets you choose the repository from which you wish to get updates for a certain addon.

Nevertheless, different versions of the same addon (even if those were installed from the same repository) may still be the culprit for experiencing “No stream available” errors.

I) Overcome No stream available

One of the ways to overcome error #1 is by reinstalling the addon from the repository or zip file you originally installed it from, meaning: uninstall the addon and then install it from the source of your choice.

Note that in case you have a corrupted file – due to the download of SD package wasn’t completed properly for example – you might have to remove SD package manually, as Kodi keeps downloaded packages in cache.

To remove the SD package from Kodi’s cache manually you may either search for it on your file system using a file browser: search for the file “plugin.video.SportsDevil” – it should end with a .zip suffix, delete that file. Alternatively, you can also remove Kodi’s packages cache by using Indigo addon’s Maintenance Tools if you find it easier to do so.

Users of Kodi versions lower than 17, may try the following additional options:

Try the Rollback feature built-in to Kodi’s addon manager.

Just navigate to the addon the way you always do and then right-click it to bring up a menu > select Add-on Information > if it isn’t grayed out, Select Rollback > Select a previous version to reinstall.

Kodi Sportsdevil rollback

In case Rollback isn’t available to you, the next option should do the trick.

First, you need to find the culprit repository that’s responsible for the seemingly new version and uninstall both it (don’t worry you could install it back once we’re done) and the addon itself. (yes uninstall the repository! unfortunately, disabling won’t be enough).

You can find it by navigating into Get Add-ons screen (SYSTEM > Add-ons) and check inside the repositories you have there which one is containing the addon with the unwanted version number.

[ In this example the culprit repository is “SuperRepo All v7”, Altough, it’s probably a good idea to check first. ]

Once you’ve uninstalled both the repository and the addon, you can then reinstall SD from whatever source you like and get the version that’s found on that source.

Now, in case you wish to restore the repository which caused the issue. you can safely do so under the following condition:

To prevent the possibility that Kodi will re-update the addon once again without your consent you can change Kodi’s setting – Auto updates: to Notify or to Never by accessing the left pane menu when you’re inside SYSTEM > Add-ons.

auto updates: notify

This will prevent Kodi from auto-updating unless you choose to. For more information about update options see Kodi.

II) Error: script failed!

Another error you may encounter using SD is “Error: script failed!” which basically means that the addon didn’t execute its functions properly.

SportsDevil script failed

This too may happen for a number of reasons, the most common among them are: old addon version or old Kodi / XBMC version.

II) Overcome Error: script failed!

Upon encountering issue #2, the first thing I advise you to do is to check online for whether an upgrade is available to either the addon itself or your Kodi software.

In case there is one, don’t hesitate to update.

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Mrislandman 2 days ago
I’ve been trying to get sports devil to for correct for two weeks now but it just doesn’t want to work correctly for me. I’m trying to watch the real football games (soccer) but it keeps buffering or kicking me back to the menu screen.....help help help any real suggestions in cyber world
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Guest 6 days ago
Sports devil sucks a libturds ass
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Jevon 1 mons ago
Sports Devil used to work and work well. That is why is gained such a great reputation.  Now it never works (on kodi). I have to log out of kodi and go to a web browser and go to first row sports and watch the same link that sports devile gave me an erro on. I ave been using kodi since 12 dont remember when I started using sports devil. I know it has given me issues since kodi 15. 
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My Hat My Coat 1 mons ago
X 2 
yeah what about error message Web request failed
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spoddy 2 mons ago
Sports Devil is well named. I keep getting errors - check Kodi log when installing it; web server error when I try to access ANYTHING!.
Made In Canada, Bob Unleashed, UK Turks and a bunch of other repos all call on SD to access sports feeds. I have tried updating through 7 different repos to no avail. I have uninstalled it and reinstalled it with no change in error messages. Basically, i can't install a working copy. Is there a program add-on preventing this video add-on from installing correctly? Indigo, maybe?
All suggestions are welcome. 
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Lorraine Fliszar 2 mons ago
What about the error message Web request failed.
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worked 2 mons ago
None of the American Football links work. Just displays the loading spinner, then back to list.
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Conad 1 mons ago worked
My football links are not there anymore 
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Guest 1 hrs ago Conad
Yep
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Tjeerd 3 mons ago
Can´t things just don´t simply WORK?
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Stephen simpson 3 mons ago
I've downloaded sportsdevil, and unzipped it but it isn't showing up in my add one. Really frustrating. Using my galaxy s8+
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dustin 4 mons ago
I download sd and when it's done right after downloading it the sports devil error chech log for more information
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SeemsSlippery 3 mons ago dustin
Same
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Rawhide 4 mons ago
Mobdro and Show sport TV,  is the way to go now. Nice while it lasted Kodi. RIP
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Guest 4 mons ago
Sportsdevil isn't working again! I can't get any games to play. Tired of this addon
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Trish 4 mons ago
I uninstalled sd and now it won't let me install any suggestions 
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Donna 4 mons ago
Sports Devil working. Watching UFC and no buffering 
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joel 4 mons ago
finally an update for sportsdevil ver. 2017 7 22.
now my addons work again.
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Deno 5 mons ago
the only issue I have is it constant buffering and video freezing. PIA but still works tho
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Craig 6 mons ago
Sports Devil is no longer working :(
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Guest 5 mons ago Craig
Pisses me off too sooo bad! By the time you find a link (that is, IF you find one), the whole fucking sporting event will almost be over! Sportsdevil has become a MAJOR headache..almost thinking about getting rid of it completely 
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Dave 6 mons ago
Sports Devil doesn't work. Don't waste your time trying to make this junk work
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Guest 6 mons ago Dave
what do you use now?

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Guest 6 mons ago Guest
I use mobdro it works well
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Darnell 6 mons ago
I uninstalled sportsdevil by accident now it won't let me install it again wtf it's complete and utter bullshit
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John 6 mons ago
No matter what sports app I look at , if they're connected to Sports Devil, they say wen request failed. Just started this a few days ago?
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Kylie 6 mons ago John
SAME! I can't find any sports steams that will play. It loads then just continues on the links page.
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Bill 6 mons ago
Sports Devil is shiiiit. No stream available. Miss half the game, and resort to Ronaldo 7
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Keegan 6 mons ago
I'm having issues with sportsdevil and that I can't watch HD sport only streams in SD. How do I solve the problem 
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Guest 7 mons ago
I'm really getting frustrated with Sportsdevil. Can't even watch the fight! Ugh
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Beth B. 7 mons ago
So basically after reading everybody's comments and seeing I'm having the same issue installing it , check log for error, and then the problems after. It seems it's crap, so why bother installing it to begin with. It's a waste of time. 
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GrandmasterHax 6 mons ago Beth B.
Check log is a simple fix. You have to go clear your cache and log. Depending on what you use for url scraper. Most use salts. Go into salts than into options /settings inside you will see clear cache, clear log and others. After clearing them you must close kodi and restart to refresh your scraper and log. 
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