SportsDevil-troubleshoot

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.

How To's

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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Craig 3 days ago
Sports Devil is no longer working :(
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Dave 8 days ago
Sports Devil doesn't work. Don't waste your time trying to make this junk work
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Guest 2 days ago Dave
what do you use now?

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Darnell 8 days 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 13 days 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 2 days 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 16 days ago
Sports Devil is shiiiit. No stream available. Miss half the game, and resort to Ronaldo 7
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Keegan 16 days 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 23 days ago
I'm really getting frustrated with Sportsdevil. Can't even watch the fight! Ugh
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Beth B. 23 days 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 15 days 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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Rebecca 24 days ago
So I went and bought IPVanish, that didn't work, I upgraded to kodi 17.1, that didn't work, I factory reset my android box, that didn't work.. when I install sportsdevil it keeps coming up with check log for error, ok did that..like I'm suppose to know what that log means!!??
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Liron 23 days ago Rebecca
Hello Rebecca and everyone else who may be reading this,

As part of a general site policy, I do not provide technical support to individual's issues (due to lack of resources). However I do read your comments whenever I'm able to.

This guide got a bit redundant since the last time I've updated it and I am now in the process to overhaul it (I'll publish the changes gradually over the next few days).
Hopefully, in one of the upcoming updates, I'll be able to provide an answer to the issue you're having as well.

Please keep in mind that SportDevil is a Free and Open Source addon which everyone can modify and contribute to. Personally, I'm sure those that take active part in it are doing their best to have SD working flawless as possible (to the extent of their ability of course).

Best regards,
Liron
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Steven 27 days ago
Why does it keep saying "web request failed"? And how can I fix this? 
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Leo 23 days ago Steven
My issue exactly
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Guest 28 days ago
I cannot seem to get it installed. I follow instructions and then it says could not download as may not be connected to network. But tv is connected to network 
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Tony 28 days ago
My sports devil is very temperamental and keeps telling me sportdevil failed any ideas 
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Kevin 1 mons ago
Get the message failure on a dependency?  Any ideas?
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mitch 1 mons ago
sportsdevil error    check the log for more information
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Derek 2 mons ago
Before reading this post I had already tried both methods.I know that No Limits build just moved to tvaddons I wonder if they are moving around a lot of address and such.I know their method of install is different now also. Thanks for the post.
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Shaun 2 mons ago
My sportsdevil be off and on I'm not gonna lie i didn't understand none of them instructions but I'm a copy them and try lol
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Alex 2 mons ago
I can't actually get it installed, despite following instructions constantly get 'install failed'
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KiT 2 mons ago
Hi, thank you for your support of Sports Devil. Which addon would you recommend to go to for pre-season MLB games? 
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Gia 3 mons ago
Please help, I'm running Kodi sportsdevil on a Windows 7 laptop. All the TV channels are scrambled and I'm wondering if it's my cable company interfering? Does anybody have any advice or input? Thank you very much for your time.
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GrandmasterHax 15 days ago Gia
Scrambled? What repo are you using? Did you clear your check log cache and restart kodi after? That should solve the issue. 
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Julie Booz 8 mons ago
I have the lastes SD version downloaded but all of the HD channels load then crash in about 30 seconds. It did this in the old version and now the lasted as of September 24, 2016. Any ideas?
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Bo Vanessa Gates 8 mons ago
Hello first off thank you for taking time to give us this great add:on and taking time to discuss our issues. I have the I will follow add on and SD. However when watching a live game the game will play for about a minute then kick me out to the several different links page for that game. I tried other links and same thing. I've also tried other rooms such as atdhe dimsports etc and still kicks me input after only about a min or two of watching. Never used to have this issue except the past couple of weeks and very frustrating. Any advice on how to fix this issue would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Guest 1 mons ago Bo Vanessa Gates
Same problem I'm having
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GaryR 1 mons ago Bo Vanessa Gates
Did you get a solution for this problem? I have not and I'm real desperate for a fix. My internet speed is 50/50 hard wired with a top of the line Android box. H96 pro +  Movies and tv shows all play great. Sportsdevil games all stop playing in 1-2 minutes. No matter where I play them from. They just stop! Argh!
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GaryR 1 mons ago Bo Vanessa Gates
The Sportdevil app is crap. Or my box is defective. H96 pro+ I have 50/50 internet hardwired. Shouldn't be this bad and not as many people complaining about the same thing.
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GaryR 1 mons ago Bo Vanessa Gates
The Sportdevil app is crap. Or my box is defective. H96 pro+ I have 50/50 internet hardwired. Shouldn't be this bad and not as many people complaining about the same thing.
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GrandmasterHax 15 days ago GaryR
It isn't your internet it is the different repositories you connect to. Some buffer. Your connecting to servers and other users computers to stream content. Therefore if they have bad connection or numerous people connected at once your stream will buffer and be slow. 
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Guest 4 days ago GaryR
Download a free vpn and use that, sounds like your cable company is kicking you out
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Jesse 8 mons ago
Why does each category show the same stream list?
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Shaun McDowell 9 mons ago
I am having trouble with the stream buffering even when connected with an Ethernet cable, the street also just stop and has to be restarted repeatedly, this is happening more and more often. This mostly happened n my android box. Any suggestions?
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Music Nut May '16
am having buffering issues with SportsDevil. How can I fix that. All my others work fine
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