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  1. The Kodi media center is often linked to piracy. This frustrates the developers, none of whom are paid. The software they release is totally legal but some third-party addons and their promoters often cross the line. While a ban may seem like a logical solution to some, that's out of the question, as it goes directly against Kodi's open ecosystem philosophy. Streaming has become the preferred way for pirates to enjoy movies and TV-shows which, unwittingly, boosted the profile of the Kodi media center. The term “Kodi” often shows up in piracy-related headlines and was even banned by Amazon’s app store and removed from Google’s autocomplete suggestions for its links to copyright infringement. Those who don’t know better may think that Kodi itself is illegal but that’s certainly not the case. The bad reputation is the result of dozens of unofficial addons and builds, which can turn the software into a piracy tool, something the Kodi team can do little about. While this is well-known to insiders, the people behind Kodi are faced with the piracy stigma pretty much every day. Questions like “is Kodi legal” are often asked and this week the Kodi team makes an effort to answer this question as clearly as it can. Kodi’s Darren Hill notes that the piracy associations are in large part driven by sources that fail to make the distinction between the Kodi media center and third-party addons. Kodi itself doesn’t offer access to pirated media, but third-party addons can. “Due to various 3rd party addons, the app has gained an unwanted reputation as being a way to get movies and TV shows for free. This is not helped at all by certain unscrupulous websites and YouTube bloggers who encourage and perpetuate the myth, simply to increase their traffic from web users and earn more cash from the site sponsors,” Hill writes. Indeed, Kodi related searches on either Google or YouTube return plenty of results that feature its ‘piracy’ capabilities, which are of great interest to a certain audience. On YouTube, there are entire channels dedicated to Kodi piracy, which get millions of views. Some Kodi related videos The Kodi team isn’t happy with this situation. They stress that their media player is meant to play people’s locally stored media files or to use any of the Kodi-vetted addons. There are no piracy traces or options in the default software. “As we supply it, Kodi is totally legal,” Hill clarifies. People who do want to use third-party addons have the option to do so. However, this capability is disabled by default. Those who enable it, do it at their own risk, which, based on the usage numbers, millions of people are willing to take. That begs the question. If third-party addons are causing all this trouble, why not ban them altogether? While that seems like a simple step, it’s also one that goes against the very nature of the Kodi project. The Kodi team informs TorrentFreak that it believes in an open ecosystem, much like Android and Windows. Especially since Kodi itself is open-source software (OSS). “Similar to how Android allows you to install any APK, which can provide 3rd party store access we have a similar belief/idea,” Kodi’s Keith Herrington tells us. “Our purpose isn’t to be a gatekeeper of how folks use our software. Most OSS is designed to remove these restrictions and barriers to entry, leveling the playing field so anyone can utilize technology how they wish to see it,” he adds. The intention was never to make Kodi a ‘consumable’ product, although it can be. As an open ecosystem, it’s first and foremost something others can build upon and enjoy. It’s a breeding ground for developers, many of whom contribute to the project. That there are bad actors is a given by now. Theoretically, Kodi could restrict ‘unsigned’ addons but it doesn’t believe that there’s a safe and constructive manner to do so. Other have tried this, but often without success. “Google has tried, failed, and then gave up on this, so if a billion-dollar+ company can’t figure this out, I doubt our loosely organized group of volunteers doing this all for fun can, either,” Herrington says. The last part is something most people forget. Kodi is created and supported by volunteers – it’s not a for-profit operation. While many outsiders have built businesses, legal or not, based on the software, those who code and support the media center do it for free. And people promoting piracy addons are ruining Kodi’s image in the process. “It’s sad how many ‘social media influencers’ think they’ve ‘helped us’ in some way, by getting us ‘more followers’. That isn’t how this works,” Herrington notes. “Nobody is paid here. Many others are making money off the backs of our hard work, and its a struggle, and it sucks to see how the media treats us.” The Kodi team does accept donations and every now and then users send over $5 or $10, or even a bit more. This helps the core team to meet up and go to conferences and pay for administrative costs, but not much more than that. Keep Kodi Great In fact, while we are writing this piece the main Kodi website is down because its “sponsor” Acquia pulled the plug as it was using too many resources. One dedicated server can easily run the website, but apparently that’s already a challenge to get. Coming back to the third-party addon issue, Kodi’s Darren Hill informs TorrentFreak that the team believes in freedom of choice. Kodi shouldn’t police its users, nor does it intend to. “We specifically do not tell the user what to do and how to use Kodi, that should be up to them. All we ask is that their choice is an enlightened one, and they fully understand what they are doing. Equally, if there are any repercussions from their actions, then those too are entirely their responsibility,” Hill says. That outsiders are hurting Kodi’s image is unfortunate, but that doesn’t stop the team from continuing its work. While some rightsholders have threatened legal action, there’s also a growing group that’s better informed and doesn’t blame the media center. Just recently, the Copyright Alliance made this pretty clear in a submission to the US Customs and Border Protection Bureau. “While the Kodi system itself is a legitimate media center, the system is open source – meaning that just about anybody can use the device’s original blueprint to create software that configures Kodi boxes to access illegal streams of films and shows that are available online – and unfortunately, they do,” the group wrote. So, while the Kodi team cautions users to be aware of unlawful third-party addons it’s not going to try to ban them anytime soon. Instead, it will focus on making the media center better. That includes the official addon library, which can use some extra addons. “We hope someday our curated addon repo will be so good and have so much content that everything a user could want would be available. This is not the case today. We’ve made great strides with our PVR addons, but we’d love to work with any content provider out there, and hope more will reach out,” Kodi’s Keith Herrington concludes. VIEW: Original Article.
  2. A new fresh set of Kodi repositories have all gone offline: Supremacy, 13 Clowns, Maverick TV, and the Overeasy repositories are no longer available for install. Unlike previous repositories taken offline after developers received letters from ACE and went offline to keep themselves out of legal harm, the latest new appears to be a shockwave of an arrest made in the UK earlier in the week. Torrentfreak first reported that a UK man was arrested related to Kodi activities on the same day that the popular Supremacy repository went offline without a trace. It looks like a number of other Kodi repositories have packed it in and called it quits after the Torrentfreak article was posted. List of Kodi Repositories Offline – June 2019 Supremacy 13 Clowns Maverick TV Overeasy The Supremacy repository was home to the supremacy and Yoda Kodi addons. 13 Clowns had the 13 Clowns addon. Maverick TV was home to Maverick TV, At the Flix, and joker Sports addons. The Overeasy repository was home to Overeasy, Poached, and the Destiny Kodi addon. All in all, it’s a sad day that some of the most popular Kodi repositories went offline. Again, there is no indication that any of these repositories received an ACE letter or were threatened any official source. The move appears to be reactionary after the UK arrest earlier in the week, which is rumored to have been the developer of supremacy but is not confirmed or official as of yet. Source
  3. Mobdro Pirate Streaming App Slammed in Malware Report Popular pirate streaming app Mobdro has been slammed in a new study carried out by a network security company on behalf of an anti-piracy group. Among other things, it's claimed that the software quietly obtains users' WiFi passwords and seeks to access media and other legitimate apps on users' networks. In recent years, millions of users around the world have turned to Android-based applications for their piracy fix. They’re mostly free and easy to install, quickly providing access to the latest movies, TV shows, live sports, and PPV events. Entertainment industry groups have long insisted that users of these applications are putting themselves at risk of malware and similar issues, but it’s fairly uncommon for them to go into much detail. That changed today with the publication of a study carried out by the Digital Citizens Alliance in conjunction with network security company Dark Wolfe Consulting. Some of the key findings concern the popular live streaming application known as Mobdro. The researchers say that after installing the Android application, it forced an update and then forwarded their Wi-Fi name and password to a server that identified as being located in Asia. Mobdro then started to seek access to media content and other legitimate apps on the researchers’ network. “Researchers observed that the app that sent the user’s wireless name and password up to an external server in Indonesia then began probing the network and talking to any file-sharing services on the Local Area Network. It also ‘port knocked,’ a process to look for other active malware,” they write. “[A]fter the initial update, the device accepted commands from a threat actor. Those commands may come from the app itself or from the movie streams. With each selection of content, the user opens the door to a new set of commands and malicious payloads from a threat actor to a device in use.” It’s not explained how the video streams themselves could contain malware. Mobdro is believed to scrape the web for content, much like Kodi add-ons do, and security experts haven’t seen malware in video streams. However, the researchers state that the “commands in the apps or from the movie streams” were “either encrypted or encoded, making it difficult to analyze for infection.” It’s a vague statement that the study builds on, noting that encrypted commands could perform an update, retrieve malware, take part in a DDoS attack, or obtain files stored on the device or network – such as images, movies or documents. There’s little doubt that the behavior highlighted above is not something the average person would expect from a video streaming app. However, it should be noted that the Mobdro software actually asks the user to grant permission to their photos, media, files and device location. Most will blindly grant those permissions instead of declining, of course, and it sounds like the researchers followed that lead. Furthermore, in view of the researchers’ findings, it’s also worth highlighting the chaotic situation that surrounds Mobdro and many similar apps that facilitate access to illicit streams of movies and TV shows. Crucially, these aren’t allowed on official platforms like Google Play. So, where it was once pretty obvious where the ‘official’ app could be obtained, there are now a large number of ‘fake’ sites also offering ‘hacked’ variants of the software, any one of which could have experienced tampering. The researchers do not reveal the source of their installation files. Another point of interest is raised when the researchers note that the software they installed also makes it possible for a “threat actor” to log in to a user’s device and then navigate away from the device to the Internet, effectively posing as the user online. While this initially seems like a shocking claim, anyone who reads the official app’s EULA before installing the software will see for themselves that Mobdro is pretty upfront about this unpopular ‘feature’. Users of the software that choose not to see adverts find themselves agreeing to become peers on the (in)famous Luminati network, meaning that their bandwidth and IP address can indeed be used by others. It’s far from ideal (who wants their connections used by others apart from Hola users?) but the site that hosts the software makes this clear, to those who bother to read the small print at least. Which is probably very few people indeed, sadly. TorrentFreak requested comment from the operators of the official Mobdro client but at the time of publication, we were yet to hear back. Source
  4. Freeloading Kodi Add-On Users Are Undermining RapidVideo Popular file-hosting site RapidVideo says it will change its business model because it can no longer finance itself via advertising. According to its operator, 'freeloading' users of Kodi add-ons and similar tools are gobbling up around half of the site's bandwidth, without generating any revenue. According to statisticsprovided by the MPAA late 2017, around 70% of 38 million Kodi users were using the platform to pirate content. Newer figures haven’t yet been provided but at the time, around 26 million were said to be using the platform with ‘pirate’ add-ons installed. Many of these will be accessing movies and TV shows, without permission. For Kodi add-on users to access content, it has to be stored somewhere online. That is usually one of the dozens of online storage providers available today, which are often called cyberlockers or simply file-hosting sites. While the appearance of links to content in Kodi add-ons seems to suggest a level of cooperation between the platforms, file-hosting platforms are generally unhappy with their links appearing in this manner. As reported back in 2016, cyberlockers often generate revenue via advertising. However, many third-party Kodi add-ons prevent these from appearing in front of the viewer, which means that the hosting sites themselves aren’t able to generate revenue from them. One of the affected sites is RapidVideo, a popular file-hosting site that officially markets itself as a “CDN Video Hosting Service”. The platform has been suffering the effects of ‘freeloading’ Kodi add-on users and other related market challenges for some time. Now the problem appears to have come to a head. In a posting to webmaster forum WJunction, RapidVideo revealed that it will be changing its business model. “We can’t finance ourselves from internet ads any longer,” the company wrote. Over the past three years, RapidVideo says it has suffered from abuse of its service, much of it at the hands of Kodi add-ons and similar tools that are able to bypass the displaying of ads. In fact, these appear to be sucking up around half of the company’s bandwidth. “We have around 650 Gbit/s of bandwidth in use, while 320 Gbit/s is for KODI, download tools, etc and for that we don’t get paid by the ads,” the site said. Other problems exist too, including advertising scams and the unauthorized hotlinking of files, but RapidVideo feels it can bring things under control by taking several measures, including implementing a $5 per month subscription. “With help of Premium accounts, it will efficiently stop all these scams and we can run ad-free like bannedhost.net, uptobox.com and others,” the company added. The company says it is also bringing its pay-per-view rewards program to an end, meaning that people hoping to earn commissions when people view their uploaded content will no longer get paid. While users of the service won’t be delighted by the news, it does address a complaint raised by Hollywood last year. In 2018, the MPAA, together with several other trade groups, submitted its annual list of ‘notorious markets’ to the US Trade Representative (USTR). Among them was RapidVideo, which among other things was called out over its affiliate program. “The site incentivizes users to upload content with an affiliate program. The site pays from $7.50 to $60 USD per 10,000 views depending on the country in which the viewer is located,” the MPAA wrote. The MPAA had other criticisms too but RapidVideo later fought back, claiming that it processes takedown requests, has a designated DMCA agent, a repeat infringer policy, and even has a filter system to ensure that removed files are not re-uploaded. Source
  5. Welcome to Kodi Home Theater Software! Kodi is an award-winning free and open source software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. Available as a native application for Android, Linux, BSD, macOS, iOS, and Windows operating systems, Kodi runs on most common processor architectures. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded programmers, Kodi is a non-profit project run by the XBMC Foundation and developed by volunteers located around the world. More than 500 software developers have contributed to Kodi to date, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 70 languages. While Kodi functions very well as a standard media player application for your computer, it has been designed to be the perfect companion for your HTPC. With its beautiful interface and powerful skinning engine, Kodi feels very natural to use from the couch with a remote control and is the ideal solution for your home theater. Give your media the love it deserves Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Point Kodi to your media and watch it scan and automagically create a personalized library complete with box covers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. Once installed, your computer or HTPC will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox. changelog: kodi.tv github.com WIN64 kodi-18.0-Leia_rc5.2-x64.exe WIN32 kodi-18.0-Leia_rc5.2-x86.exe PORTABLE Site: https://www.upload.ee Sharecode: /files/9418970/KodiPortable-x64_18rc5.2.7z.html Site: https://www.mirrored.to Sharecode: /files/1NJUZFXC/KodiPortable-x64_18rc5.2.7z_links
  6. PythonCrew Streaming Pack: Android One pack for all your android streaming needs. We have tested over 400+ different apk's for movies, tv series, iptv, music, vpn's, etc. As we find more that work good, they will be added and post updated. Most apk's are ad free and unlocked. All apks are focused on android tv boxes with landscape view. I hope everyone enjoys the Pack and have fun streaming. Special thanks goes out to PriSim, Delboy, UpGrade and Atasas for their contributions. Folder link: Site: https://drive.google.com Sharecode: /drive/folders/16381vE16N_0JFZrOaPRduLPrBPCYsUrx?usp=sharing Note: You are not obligated to download or install any of the included apk's within this pack. If you wish to use the free versions (containing ads and some limitations), go ahead. Disclaimer: I test and share with members here to reduce the need for searching and testing themselves. The modded apk's are included so users can see what the full featured versions consist of in order to make a purchase decision. If you like any of the apps you should purchase them. Support the developers so they can continue to improve their apps and services.
  7. Update 1 We are aware of the news that is making the rounds that there is a coin miner somewhere in our repo. We will look into this IMMEDTIATLY and keep you up to date on what is going on. We are not yet sure where this originates from. Reports from Reddit and other sites indicate that one of the external addons in our "common" directory has some bad code in it. There are also a few other repos, including the XvBMC and the old Bubbles repo that are effected. As far as we can see this is still something left over Bubbles, but I'm not sure if that was added intentionally by him. From what we currently know, this addon is the culprit. If you have it installed, please remove it immediately: script.module.python.requests We also recommend running and AntiVirus scan just to be double safe. ZDNet also states that this only affects Windows and Linux, so Android users should be fine. This addon is not a dependency of Gaia and is also currently not in our repo. I think it was removed at some point when we updated the "common" addons and couldn't find its dependency. The main repo should be fine, however, the backup repos (2 & 3) might still contain old stuff. We haven't used them in a while and I'm not even sure if they still work. For now, stay away from any old Bubbles stuff and backup repos. We will also update the main repository to exclude the "common" directory. We will investigate each of those dependency addons to see if there is something fishy. We will leave the files on the repo for public investigation, but we will make sure that they are not pulled by Kodi updates. I truly apologies for something like this happening, and there is absolutely no excuse for this. I'm the lead developer on this project, amongst a team of other devs. For those of you who worked with me (and also interacted with me on our ticket system) know that I am always dedicated to bringing the best to the Kodi community. I'm therefore extremely sorry that something like this happened under my watch. I'm the leader of the team and it is my responsibility to check everything that is committed. I was also not diligent enough when forking the stuff from Bubbles. I also have to admit that I updated the addons under the "common" directory by looking for the latest version on Google, without inspecting them before adding them to our repo. I will now go line by line through all those addons to make sure that they are not doing anything weird. Just to reiterate again, the current Gaia addon and our Repo 1 are NOT affected by this, but you should get rid of: script.module.python.requests All old Bubbles stuff Gaia repo 2 & 3 to be safe, there might be old Bubbles stuff in here I will add all further announcements to our website as well, in case you want to completely uninstall Gaia and wait for news. I have a night shift that starts in a few hours, but I will get on this immediately afterwards. If you have any clues that can help in the investigation, please submit a ticket to our website, or use the email address at the bottom if you do not want to create an account on their. Update 2 I have changed the password for the repo and locked out all other developers. I gave Bubbles access to the repo when we forked, but I can't remember if I changed the password. I also renamed the "common" directory. It should not be pulled from by Kodi anymore. Will investigate. Source
  8. Over the past couple of years, copyright holders have continuously claimed that people using Kodi to access copyright-infringing content are being exposed to malware. This week, a security expert working with a Hollywood-affiliated group claimed that "embedded in the media itself are some malware variants." With no evidence of that in public, is it now time to either put up or shut up? Faced with a tsunami of pirated movies and TV shows being accessed at will through millions of piracy-enabled set-top boxes, entertainment industry groups have had to come up with a new anti-piracy strategy. The main goal seems to demonize these devices in the press, creating the impression that anyone using them puts themselves in danger, either due to fire risk or exposure to the perils of viruses and malware. These claims are perfect tabloid material. Newspapers, particularly in the UK, gobble up press releases and quickly spin them out, whether they have any substance to them or not. While there’s little evidence that the scare stories are working as a deterrent among the pirating masses, they are a continuous source of irritation for those who know better. This week a new Kodi-related video appeared on YouTube. Filmed at the RSA conference and presented by CyberScoop editor Greg Otto, it consists of a short interview with Kurtis Minder, CEO of security company GroupSense. “How malware is growing on the Kodi/XMBC platform” was the topic. After a brief introduction on so-called ‘Kodi boxes’, Otto put it to Minder that his company had been looking into the “malware that has been floating through these boxes” and asked him to elaborate. Minder said his company started its research around two months ago, working with the Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA). Of course, DCA has been one of the main sources of Kodi-related malware stories, ostensibly for the protection of consumers. However, DCA is affiliated with the entertainment industries and there is little doubt they’re being used to promote an anti-piracy agenda. There is nothing inherently wrong with companies trying to protect their content, of course, but doing so in a way that has the potential to mislead the public is bound to raise questions. Back to the video, Minder told interviewer Otto that his company had been looking at “what the attack footprint would be for malware on the media that would show up on any given Kodi box that would be in someone’s home.” It’s a curious statement to talk about the streaming media itself providing an attack vector but Minder doubled down, stating that they’d discovered several places on the dark web “where people are selling malware-enabled media.” Otto didn’t ask Minder to elaborate on these claims and Minder didn’t respond to TF’s request for comment, so we still have no idea what he’s referring to. However, Otto did pour fuel on the confusion by asking Minder about malware which requires capabilities that no ‘Kodi box’ has. “What happens with [that malware]? Is it a RAT [Remote Access Trojan] that takes over a TV that hooks up to a camera and is almost like spyware? Is it ransomware? What are we seeing?” he asked the security expert. “Some of that is [to be determined], we don’t know exactly what all of it does,” Minder responded. “But we do know there is a fair amount that enable DDoS capability from the boxes.” We have no idea what constitutes a “fair amount” of malware but it sounds like multiple instances. Here on TF back in 2017, we broke the news that a single Kodi addon was programmed to repeatedly visit the websites of rivals. In that single case, the architect of that addon quickly apologized for his actions, the whole thing was concluded inside a week, and we haven’t heard of any similar incident since. But Minder said there are additional risks too. “There is malware that will actually take over some of the components. We don’t know to what extent, if it’s actually listening to the people in the room or not, that stuff hasn’t really been netted out,” he told Otto. Indeed, such a thing has never been reported anywhere, not least since “Kodi boxes” don’t have microphones. But after more prompting from Otto, Minder then went on to talk about Kodi installed on platforms other than Android devices. His revelations about supposed ‘Kodi malware’ in this respect are also controversial. “The delivery mechanism [for the malware] appears to be two primary ways. It’s the Kodi platform itself, which means whatever you load that on. For instance, if you did load that on an [Amazon] Firestick it could still be effective as an attack vector. The other one is the streaming media itself. Embedded in the media itself there are some malware variants,” he said. As far as we know, malware embedded in streaming media that can be consumed via Kodi or indeed any regular media player is unheard of these days. Nathan Betzen, President of the XBMC Foundation, the group behind Kodi, told TorrentFreak that at least as far as he is aware, such a thing doesn’t exist. “I’ve never heard of malware in a video stream. I guess anything is possible, but to my knowledge, there have been no reports to that effect,” Betzen said. Bogdan Botezatu, Senior E-threat Analyst at BitDefender, also told TorrentFreak that he’d seen nothing like that in the wild. “Malformed video could leverage vulnerabilities in the player itself, but I’m not aware of such attacks happening in the wild,” Botezatu told us. “Actually, the last time I saw malicious videos distributed via torrent websites was years ago, back in the days when Trojan.Wimad was making the headlines.” Trojan.Wimad was a trojan discovered in 2005 that was able to download remote files from websites by exploiting the Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology available in Windows. The trojan got onto users’ computers as a licensed-protected video file. Kodi users are certainly not interested in those and in any case, Android-based Kodi boxes are unaffected. So, apart from the addon incident that lasted for a week in 2017, we’ve never heard of a live Kodi-related malware attack anywhere in the wild. Betzen told us that he’d heard of an instance where a coin miner had spread via third-party code but that’s an issue for thousands of mainstream websites too. All that being said, we aren’t known as security experts, so we asked security firm AVAST if they could provide information on all Kodi-related malware incidents they have on record. “Unfortunately, we have not observed any Kodi-related malware risks in the wild,” AVAST Communications Manager Stefanie Smith told TorrentFreak. Bogdan Botezatu at BitDefender also had no specific instances to report. “There has been a lot of attention towards Kodi in the past year and most of the ‘security risks’ go around the fact that some addons allow users to stream media directly from websites, so this is mostly a legal issue rather than a cyber-security one,” Botezatu said. The BitDefender expert did, however, point us to a security advisory from CheckPoint which detailed a software vulnerability affecting Kodi, VLC, and other players using subtitles, which TF reported last year. “Kodi 17.1 was known to have been vulnerable to a subtitle parsing bug that allowed an attacker to remotely control the Kodi box. This is one of the most serious threats I know of because third parties could rig subtitles uploaded to various repositories and this would go unnoticed for a while,” he said. While this vulnerability could have been used for nefarious purposes, there is no evidence of it ever being exploited in the wild. And, in common with all responsible platforms, Kodi and all others involved fixed the issue before any damage could be done. Moving through our list of vendors, TorrentFreak also asked Symantec if they had ever encountered any actual Kodi-related malware. The company told us they had nothing to report at this time but did highlight the same subtitle vulnerability pointed out by BitDefender. To be clear, vulnerabilities can affect any software, including Windows, but that doesn’t make them inherently dangerous to the consumer as long as they’re disclosed and then fixed in a responsible and timely manner. However, listening to the entertainment industries and those aligned with them, Kodi use presents an active and serious malware danger to the public, but one with almost zero evidence to support it. Minder himself didn’t respond to our request for elaboration but we did manage to obtain a copy of a presentation his company prepared for the Conference of Western Attorneys General detailing supposed Kodi threats. The document, dated May 2018, makes for interesting reading. Perhaps referencing the claims that Kodi malware is available on the dark web, the presentation slides show an advert discovered on the hidden ‘Dream Market’ marketplace. The advert offers subscriptions to an illicit IPTV service but it’s actually one that’s easily accessible on the regular open web. Perhaps most importantly, there is no mention of malware anywhere on the slide. Dark web IPTV but no malware The next slide proved interesting since it covers a topic first published here on TorrentFreak at the start of 2018. We revealed how some Kodi setups can be accessed by outside parties if users aren’t careful about the settings for Kodi’s web interface. While this is a known issue, this has nothing to do with malware. Finally, the last slide had this to say about Kodi and third-party Kodi addons. “Unbeknownst to the consumer these third‐party add‐ons further introduces [users] to risks such as copyright violations, malware infection, disclosure of IP address and Internet behavior, and the loss of the confidentiality of their communications,” the slide reads (PDF). While it can’t be disputed that copyright violations can take place, the ever-present malware claim isn’t backed up by any publicly-available information indicating that such an event has happened more than once or twice. To put that into perspective, the AV-TEST Institute says it registers over 250,000 new malicious programs every day. Furthermore, IP addresses are always disclosed no matter what content users access online, so that point is moot too, along with the supposed issues with confidentiality of communications. However, GroupSense has more to add. “Additionally, the communication between their Kodi application and the third‐party add‐ons are unencrypted and unauthenticated meaning that an attacker can introduce malicious code into the communication stream or compromise the third‐party add‐on before the recipient (consumer) receives the data; thereby, infecting their device to incorporate into a botnet or steal privileged information such as user credentials,” the slide reads. We presented these claims to TVAddons, the world’s largest repository of third-party addons and the developer of many, past and present. They weren’t impressed with the claims. “That argument is quite the stretch. Technically the same would apply to any website you visit that doesn’t use forced-HTTPS. Almost every unofficial add-on repository is hosted through GitHub, which forces encryption,” the site said. “Kodi ‘boxes’ are used on home networks, not public Wi-Fi. By the time someone could perform a [Man-in-the-Middle] attack on your Kodi box, it would mean that they would have already had to compromise your router. If someone were to go through all that, they could likely do a lot more damage without even considering exploiting Kodi. “Furthermore, most users use Kodi on their media boxes, where little to no privileged information would be present,” the site added. Let’s be clear, every single piece of hardware and software, whether on or offline, can be exploited in some way by nefarious players or simply the curious. However, the persistent claim that Kodi users are somehow under constant malware attack isn’t borne out by any publicly available information. Indeed, one of the world’s most popular anti-piracy vendors in AVAST says they have no record of ANY Kodi-related malware. And Marius Buterchi, PR Manager at the highly-respected BitDefender, couldn’t point us to any specific instances either. “I just talked with the Lab guys and they told me that they actually haven’t seen any Kodi-related malware in the wild,” he told us Friday. With that, it now seems the perfect time to either put up or shut up in respect of “Kodi malware.” If there is malware out there affecting users of Kodi, security and entertainment industry companies making these claims should back them up with solid evidence because, as it stands, the horror stories seem designed to frighten the masses, rather than protect them. The benefits of full disclosure, detailing the EXACT NAMES of the malware, WHEN they were discovered and by WHOM, and what EXACTLY THEY DO, would be two-fold. Firstly, the aim of scaring people away from Kodi would have more impact, since the evidence of malware would be hard to ignore. That would be a big plus for the movie and TV industries who are quite rightly concerned about protecting their business. Secondly, and just as importantly, Kodi users could take steps to protect themselves, which should be the number one priority of any group, organization, or company that claims to be acting in the best interests of consumers and the public in general. With that in mind, we understand that the Digital Citizens Alliance will publish a new Kodi malware report in the coming weeks. Perhaps it will contain actual evidence of the malware being spoken of continuously in the media. We would certainly welcome the publication of a specific and detailed list of all malware variants in the wild which specifically target Kodi users. At that point, we can alert the major anti-virus and malware vendors who currently appear to be strangely in the dark. Update: Additional input from Mikko Hypponen from F-Secure. “We had to do some research, as Kodi-based malware isn’t currently in our list of most prevalent things. There have been some public cases with some major plugins changing their code during update processes to execute something highly suspicious/malicious (e.g. Exodus creating a DDoS botnet). But apart from that, our findings came a bit short. “Apparently, this has been brought up again as GroupSense presented on this topic in the last RSA conference (“How malware is growing on the Kodi/XMBC platform”). Unluckily, the research itself isn’t public yet, so we can’t assess the magnitude of their findings. “The most popular Kodi plugins that we can find seem clean. But there are at least some plugins that are clearly malicious but doesn’t seem to serve other real purpose for the Kodi users. So malicious plugins that appear useless anyway. “From our viewpoint, this doesn’t appear to be a major threat.” Source
  9. You may have heard lately that a conglomerate names ACE has been sending cease and desist letters to members of the Kodi community. Read excerpts from the letter, find out who has received them, and other important Kodi ACE letter information in our guide. Multiple times over the past year, members of the community have been receiving Kodi ACE letters.from a “senior counsel” member claiming to represent a number of high profile media companies such as Fox, Paramount Pictures, Amazon, and Netflix. The Kodi ACE letters, while slightly different, all contain the same basis of information. They call out the member by name, listing their repository address and addons, and claim that they are providing access copyright material. The letters come accompanied with a “settlement agreement”, which asks the user to sign and return the letter stating that they will no longer engage is any type of public work for the Kodi community. Should the user not sign the agreement, it is suggested that future legal action may be taken against them. So far, these Kodi ACE letters have been confirmed to hit a number of members within the community. We’ve posted updates for our followers in the past and this guide is meant to be an ongoing summary of what the letters say, who has received them, and the impact on the Kodi community. Read a sample of the letters below and underneath that is a list of known Kodi repositories who have gone down in response to the threat of these letters. Kodi ACE Cease and Desist Letter Samples The letter has come from different lawyer names associated with the “Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment” or ACE. One sample is below: After the introduction, the letters appear to specifically call out actions it claims are infringing. Attached to the Kodi ACE letter is an attachment titled “Settlement Agreement”. It contains a list of terms and agreements that the receiver of the letter is asked to sign in order to acknowledge the wrongdoing listed in the letter. The letter also includes specific titles of media found in the addon, who owns the copyrighted material, and samples of screenshots where it is found in Kodi. The letters do not appear to mention the fact that Kodi addons are simple open-source Python software that do not natively store any media files within them. It also makes no mention of the publicly available media websites that are actually hosting or displaying content that ACE claims are infringing. The letters make no specific mention of any legal penalties, however they suggest that follow up action may occur if the settlement agreement is not signed and returned. To date, none of the claims in the letter have been proven in court. Offline Repositories Due to Kodi ACE Letters The following Kodi repositories have gone offline after receiving the letter above: May 12th, 2018: Zero Tolerance May 4th, 2018: Trademark February 15th, 2018: Looking Glass The Pyramid Teverz Doggmatic Noobs and Nerds Spinz TV Ares November 16th, 2017: Colossus Smash Caz Wallace Mucky Duck As stated above, so far none of the claims in the cease and desist letters have been taken to, proven, or disproven in a legal setting. If we get information, we will be happy to update this guide. Source
  10. Looking for some good addons for Kodi to watch movies for free, I'm talking about those that forced google to remove Kodi from autocomplete piracy searches.
  11. steven36

    Kodi v18 Leia - Alpha 1

    A new hope dawns and it is finally time to start heading towards a final release. Today we are happy to announce that we are bringing you the first official pre-release Alpha build to a galaxy near you. Around November 2016 the team decided that v17 Krypton was mature enough to start with the release steps and as such it was branched off from our main development tree. This basically means it received its own place in our development repository and would only receive bug fixes and small improvements. This is also the moment that frees up the possibility for several core developers to start another cleanup and improvement spree that was also done when just starting with v17. This usually entails to take a more evasive steps on cleaning up code and less taking in account that certain parts will be broken for a certain time. Having a good foundation to build on is key in anything and that also includes a software application. It’s hard to renovate a home while people are constantly using it and it’s easier to just move them to a neighbouring home while parts are being torn down and being rebuild. Maybe this is a simple analogy however it kinda fits. Another one is replacing the wheels and engine of a car while you’re doing 120km/h on the freeway. Better pull it aside and do it properly and give the driver a spare car that still works fine although it's not so fancy driving yet. In the past we mentioned doing RERO (Release Early Release Often) at times and to be honest we didn’t really got to that part so far. Only the bugfix versions of the final builds followed this to just make fixes available as soon as we saw fit. For a massive application like Kodi with many platforms and components a RERO approach is quite demanding on all people involved and perhaps it wouldn’t really make sense to do so in current state we are in. We do see this improving by the day so we are on the right track. At current time v17 is already a year old (with 17.6 bugfix past november) however it really just works fine across the board and should keep working for a long time. As we continued the work with current v18 Leia it kind of became apparent that the current workflow we are in works very very well. A healthy balance to the force (at least that’s what i personally feel) is currently active between cleanup, features and fixing regressions. A lot of Team Jedi and also regular users are running these nightlies builds and it’s getting rock solid to use. Of course you should still keep in mind that on any upgrade a small glitch could happen as we are still doing rework. Having a semi recent backup is certainly always a good idea. Currently included Now we got that part covered here’s what actually happened over the past year. To this point in time we’ve done More than 6140 (code chunks changed) More than 1911 pull-requests (collection of commits that were included in one go) More than 7776 changed files More than 350.000 code lines removed More than 397.000 code lines added Over 35 opensource developers A lot of free time developing and testing these changes Quite likely several cases of beer or wine So that’s quite a lot of work done by these volunteer developers and people these changes. Hopefully once you start upgrading the experience you have will be great and appreciate the work being done. A full changelog is nearly impossible to create and in this release article we will only cover the basics. For a more extensive list you can visit our wiki page v18 (Leia) changelog which will be update along the way. Stability and usability is key In general the whole stability has been improved quite a lot. The times you still get glitches or occasional crashes haven been reduced due to just ripping out not so well coded parts and replaced with a more structured design and standard. Not that the old code was bad however over time new insights were gained and having newer code standards just make it better. Untangling all parts or components and make them behave better next to each other has been one of the biggest efforts done so far. Music library Music section also gained lots of improvement for those who cares a lot about having a clean music library. Going through the code and scanning options a better understanding was gained on the past intentions and redone in a more structured way. The same accounts in a smaller part for video library although that was in a better maintained state. What is new however in v18 is that similar to music we can now also use the embedded tags and fill the library based on that instead of using file names. For now this has been disabled by default as there’s simply a lack of really well defined standard and proper easy to use video tagging software. We hope with Kodi now gaining this ability a gained interest will make these available. Live TV Next part is the great feature of Kodi to use it as your Live TV and recording front-end. It’s one of the less well known features as it requires certain knowledge and thinkering to set this up however once it works you’ll love it. To be able to use this you’ll need some extra hardware like a USB tuner or a network tuner like HDHomerun to get the cable or ether signal converted to a video stream. This in combination with one of the PVR server software options like VNSI or TVHeadend (more options are available) you instantly gain a very pleasant TV experience. What has been done over time is improving the usability and stability of this component and trying to make it a great replacement for your normal cable/ether set top box. A starting guide can be found here: Live TV and PVR/DVR Setup Guide Windows and UWP For Windows specific several big things happened. First of all we got added as 32-bit Bridge application to Windows store which makes it easier for new users to install Kodi and receive updates. A simultaneous action was converting Kodi to a full 64-bit application which took quite some effort. A more detailed story can be read here: Windows 64-bit is here Now that was out of the way a long lived dream of quite a few became an option again. Getting Kodi running back on a XBOX like where it all started more than 15 years ago. Since 27 December 2017 we released Kodi once again for the XBOX (One) and is available from the Store. A more detailed story can be read here: Kodi for XBOX One Android Regarding Android we just continued to do what we started some years ago and that was stripping all custom written code and simply following the official Android standards. When XBMC back then became available for Android a lot of specific code was written to get it running on those low powered devices and we had more capabilities than any other application back then. Over time stock Android improved a lot and basically all what we had custom made was becoming readily available to be used. At that point we started dropping old stuff and just applied the standards which reduced support burden for the developers. Now all that was done we could start looking at new features and from that we gained the Leanback search integration on Android TV that shows Kodi content on Android TV itself. We now also include Google Assistant out of the box so theoretically you don’t have to pick up the remote anymore. To be honest it’s still uncomfortable and weird talking to your TV giving it commands. For Android TV Oreo there’s a whole new interface which includes the option to fill so called Channels that shows specific content from your app. We can proudly say that Kodi is actually one of the first applications that actually has this integrated. With the great hidden Kodi feature called Smartplaylists you can now populate the Android TV screen with content you want. For the touch enabled devices we can also say this has improved quite a lot as well make it feel more natural. Linux Linux gained some great things as well which might not mean a lot for regular users though. For our Google Summer of Code we had a project integrating Wayland display server protocol (again) to our code base which is meant to be the successor of X11 Window System. Since Linux is also quite divided on display drivers we had quite a lot of code implementations getting Kodi running on the variety of devices out there. To reduce the maintenance burden of this code a general path was chosen and for GBM (Generic Buffer Manager) and V4L2 (Video for Linux). With this only a small part of the initial code is needed to get devices running and from this newer devices would just run out-of-the-box once the Linux kernel supports these. Retroplayer and input manager Retroplayer together with input manager makes controlling Kodi using various remotes or controllers much better and a plug and play experience. Not having to thinker finding the correct configurations is something that we all would like and hopefully this achieves this. Video Player Now comes on of the biggest changes over past year. The video playback which is of course where Kodi shines. Once designed for the old XBOX and old video standards there wasn’t really taken lot in account with future standards and the massive increasement of video resolution and new codecs. With future in mind work started to redesign this section and to split it from into its own component to not be hindered with whatever happens in the user interface or other parts. Making the sure video gets the highest CPU/GPU priority over anything else happening makes sure you don’t get stuttering video or audio when navigating. This sounds so obvious to do however this wasn’t done or even possible in the past. Parallel to that, parts are reworked to be a lot more efficient and need way less CPU while gaining quality. Higher resolutions like 4K and 8K are also kept in mind next to HDR and new video codecs once they become available. DRM (Digital Rights Management) With the work above being done in the video player a possibility came up to also allow something that opens Kodi up for using it in combination with DRM protected content. These days it’s quite common for content owners and providers to protect their content with encryption. With v18 we added the ability to also play this content as it was actually intended by the DRM system. Depending on the used hardware and included license you can now playback this content which usually also comes with a subscription service. Instead of the sometimes clunky apps a possibility would be to just use the trusted Kodi environment to watch what they have to offer. There are already several add-ons available from our repository that already use this capability and we certainly hope more will follow and that content providers will make their service available as official add-on. As mentioned before here’s a lot more done that mentioned above, however the list would become quite huge and maybe not that clear for the regular user. A more extensive overview can be found at Kodi v18 (Leia) changelog which is updated when changes are made. Current available skins Due to changes in how Kodi works skins need to be updated for each release. As of this moment we have the following ones have been update by their developers and are readily available from our repository. Adnoic, Aeon Nox 5, Confluence, fTV, Grid, Mimic, Omni, Rapier, Sio2, Xperience1080 More will follow at a later point in time when we approach final release. The story continues Although we don’t rely have a clear future plan or clear cut goals we would welcome any developer who wants to spend time on getting Kodi better in every way. Either improving the core code to newer standards, fixing bugs or implementing a new feature we haven’t thought of. Compared to years ago the code has become better to understand and follow for newcomers to get started. Once we get something written down of certain to reach goals we will certainly share them. Release time You might also wonder when we will actually release this as a final version? Currently we don't really have a set time however it should at least be somewhere this year so. There's still enough room left for improvements however we could change our minds at any point in time and just call it ready enough to start the release cycle. In short we can't say or promise anything. For now we will start doing the Alpa release on a regular bases to bring further balance to the force. That’s about it for now and we’ll go back at improving this upcoming v18 release. Should you wish to give it a try a new version is readily available each day as well as nightly version. We can certainly recommend trying it out however take in mind that it’s not fully production and living room ready yet (take a backup). So far a guestimate of several tens of thousands users already use it so it can’t be that bad can it. You can get it from the download page clicking on the platform of choice and hitting the “pre release” tab. For Android and Windows we have an easy to use download add-on which you can find in our repository. Go to the Official download page and choose the platform of choice and yoiu will find these builds under the pre release tab. May the force be with you….. Source
  12. Windscribe VPN 1.81 Build 42 / 41 Stable Internet As It Should Be Windscribe is a desktop application and browser extension that work together to block ads and trackers, restore access to blocked content and help you safeguard your privacy online. Learn More. https://assets.windscribe.com/video/windscribe_explainer_480p.mp4 What's New: https://blog.windscribe.com/windscribe-1-81-beta-changelog-b9c557906d60 We’ve been working on this version for quite a while, existing installations should prompt you to update the app over the next 48 hrs. Here is what’s new. Changelog: New features IKEv2 protocol support (manual and automatic mode) Emergency Connect / Secure Login Fixed bugs Wifi-sharing not working after wakeup Forcibly close all TCP sockets after tunnel up Don’t forcibly disconnect if currently connected node is missing from the server list Language detection defaults to English instead of Arabic Reinstall/enable WAN miniport adapters if missing/disabled Adjusted DPI to work with multiple scale factors Other Changes Added “Disconnecting” state Eliminated redundant API calls Reduced the server ping frequency Updated OpenVPN binaries to latest version Don't auto-enable the firewall (in Automatic mode) on computer start up if auto-connect is false Simplified installer flow + additional “custom install” options Async DNS resolver Adjusted node selection algorithm to favor lower latency nodes Forcibly expand certain locations when the country name is clicked Detect if LAN range is RFC-1918 complaint To-do list for next version: CLI interface Favorite locations Dedicated IP support IKEv2 connectivity test SOCKS5 server UDP associate support Fix startup error on multi-user computers Mystery feature 1 Mystery feature 2 Downloads: Windscribe for Your Computer: Windscribe for Your Browser: Windscribe for Your Phone: Windscribe for Your TV: Windscribe for Your Router: Config Generators:
  13. Google has banned the term "Kodi" from the autocomplete feature of its search engine. This means that the popular software and related suggestions won't appear unless users type out the full term. Google has previously taken similar measures against "pirate" related terms and confirms that Kodi is targeted because it's "closely associated with copyright infringement." In recent years entertainment industry groups have repeatedly urged Google to ramp up its anti-piracy efforts. These remarks haven’t fallen on deaf ears and Google has made several changes to its search algorithms to make copyright-infringing material less visible. The company demotes results from domain names for which it receives many DMCA takedown notices, for example, and it has also removed several piracy-related terms from its autocomplete feature. The latter means that when one types “pirate ba” it won’t suggest pirate bay. Instead, people see “pirate bays” or “pirate books” as suggestions. Whether that’s very effective is up for debate, but it’s intentional. “Google has taken steps to prevent terms closely associated with piracy from appearing in Autocomplete and Related Search,” the company previously explained. “This is similar to the approach we have taken for a narrow class of terms related to pornography, violence, and hate speech.” When the piracy filter was first implemented, several seemingly neutral terms such as BitTorrent and uTorrent were also targeted. While these were later reinstated, we recently noticed another autocomplete ban that’s rather broad. It turns out that Google has recently removed the term “Kodi” from its autocomplete results. While Kodi can be abused through pirate add-ons, the media player software itself is perfectly legal, which makes it an odd decision. Users who type in “Kod” get a list of suggestions including “Kodak” and “Kodiak,” but not the much more popular search term Kodi. Kodiak? Similarly, when typing “addons for k” Google suggests addons for Kokotime and Krypton 17.6. While the latter is a Kodi version, the name of the media player itself doesn’t come up as a suggestion. Once users type the full Kodi term and add a space, plenty of suggestions suddenly appear, which is similar to other banned terms. Kokotime Ironically enough, the Kokotime app is frequently used by pirates as well. Also, the names of all of the pirate Kodi addons we checked still show up fine in the autosuggest feature. Unfortunately, Google doesn’t document its autocomplete removal decisions, nor does it publish the full list of banned words. However, the search engine confirms that Kodi’s piracy stigma is to blame here. “Since 2011, we have been filtering certain terms closely associated with copyright infringement from Google Autocomplete. This action is consistent with that long-standing strategy,” a spokesperson told us. The Kodi team, operated by the XBMC Foundation, is disappointed with the decision and points out that their software does not cross any lines. “We are surprised and disappointed to discover Kodi has been removed from autocomplete, as Kodi is perfectly legal open source software,” XBMC Foundation President Nathan Betzen told us. The Kodi team has been actively trying to distance itself from pirate elements. They enforce their trademark against sellers of pirate boxes and are in good contact with Hollywood’s industry group, the MPAA. “We have a professional relationship with the MPAA, who have specifically made clear in the past their own position that Kodi is legal software,” Betzen notes. “We hope Google will reconsider this decision in the future, or at a minimum limit their removal to search terms where the legality is actually in dispute.” Source
  14. How to download Kodi on your iPhone or iPad without jailbreaking There’s no need to jailbreak your beloved iPhone to get Kodi There is no official Kodi app that will allow you to use Kodi on your iPhone or iPad, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to download it. You can for instance just download the app from the Cydia software store if your phone is jailbroken. But for those of you who want to download Kodi without jailbreaking your iOS device, we’ve laid out the steps for you in this simple guide. What is Kodi? Previously known as XBMC (Xbox Media Centre), Kodi is a home media hub that uses free and open source software to let you listen to, watch, and play pretty much anything you want. By aggregating all your stored media into one location, Kodi makes the storing and streaming of all your digital media convenient and easy. While Kodi does not officially contain or create any of its own content, the highly customizable interface, from themes to plugins and add-ons, as well as an active developers community, makes the well-designed media hub a natural choice for power users. The Kodi app is available on the official site for download on all major operating systems, although you need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad for the iOS versions to work. Two ways to download Kodi without jailbreaking your iOS device There are two ways to download Kodi onto your iOS device. The first is to download Kodi through TweakBox, and the second is with Cydia Impactor. The other route involves Xcode, but not only is it trickier, this option is only available to Mac users. Method 1: Download Kodi with TweakBox app Before we go into the instructions, it’s important to first note that TweakBox enables ads on its app, as does the Kodi app you’ll download from it. With that understood, here’s how you go about the process: On your iOS device, go to Safari and search www.tweakboxapp.com. Download the app and allow the site to show you a configuration profile. Install the profile and select ‘Install’ again. The TweakBox app should now be on your home screen. Open the app and click away any ads that pop up. Go to ‘APPS’ then select TweakBox Apps under ‘Categories’. Search for Kodi in the search bar and install it. Before you open the Kodi app, go to Settings > General > Profile and Devices Management. Click under ‘Enterprise App’ and click ‘Trust “...”’. Click ‘Trust’ again and Kodi should now be on your home screen and ready to use! Another thing to note about this method is that because TweakBox is a third-party source, Apple may sometimes revoke the app’s certificate, meaning you’ll have to wait until the company greenlights the Kodi iOS app again to then be able to use it. Method 2: Download Kodi with Cydia Impactor Cydia Impactor was produced by the same developer of Cydia, Jay Freeman, and sideloads the Kodi IPA file from your computer to your iPhone or iPad – it works on Mac, Windows, and Linux machines. Here’s how this method works: Download Cydia Impactor and the latest Kodi IPA file for iOS, which you can find here. Connect your device to your computer and close iTunes if it opens. Extract the Impactor file and drag the Kodi IPA file onto the app. Select your device in the drop-down menu and press Start. Use your Apple ID login to sign the file and the app should start installing. Once installation is complete go to Settings > General > Profiles & Devices Management and open the Apple ID profile used to download the app. Click ‘Trust’ and you can now open the Kodi app from your home screen. Kodi add-ons Once you have the Kodi app downloaded, you can start adding your own add-ons to customize your Kodi experience. If you know what add-on you want, you can browse from Kodi’s own list of add-ons. If not, we’ve compiled a short list of the best legal add-ons to get you started. YouTube: The YouTube add-on works just like its website: you can search for videos, channels, and the top trending videos. If you sign in, you’ll also be able to access your personalized recommendations. Located in the official Kodi library, you will find it in the video add-ons section of your Kodi add-on menu. SpotiMC: As one of the most popular music streaming services in the world, it’s a little strange that Spotify wouldn’t have an official add-on for Kodi. There is however an unofficial add-on, SpotiMC, which you can download as a ZIP file. Once you install the file through Kodi, you can find the add-on in Kodi Emby Beta Addons > Music Addons > Spotify. Launch the app and authenticate your Spotify account to grant SpotiMC access. Apple iTunes Podcast Browser: While there are plenty of options for podcast apps, iTunes has one of the largest collections of podcasts for you to choose from. This massive library makes up for its plain interface, although at least the UI makes it easy to navigate through all the different genres. You can download this one from Kodi’s official library. Twitch: Slightly similar to YouTube, Twitch is a live streaming platform mostly for gamers, although there are non-gaming streams too. Use this add-on to watch others play and get involved in chat. Download the add-on from the Kodi library. Pro tip: Always use a VPN Using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to stream content from third-party add-ons is crucial to your streaming experience for several reasons, not least of which is its ability to provide an anonymous connection that will prevent your ISP, your government, or other parties from tracking your streaming activity. A good VPN will also prevent any throttling from your ISP, and even bypass the geoblocking of certain streaming services. Also, the benefits of a VPN extend beyond just Kodi. Check out our roundup of the best VPNs on the market right now. SOURCE
  15. Popular Kodi repositories NoobsandNerds, Teverz, SpinzTV and others received cease and desist orders today and have taken down their repos in the latest wave of attacks on Kodi developers. Read the full details below. Unfortunately, more popular Kodi sources were hit with cease and desist letter today from ACE, a company representing multi-billion dollar communications entities around the world. These letters were identical to what was received by the Colossus, Dandy Media, Mucky Ducky, and other repos back in November. The cease and desist letter alleges that the defendant receiving the letter is encouraging copyright infringement through the addons. The letter does not appear to be a signed legal document. There is no signature from a lawyer and no law firm is listed on the letter. It simply asks each use to “stop” or be faced with further punishment. Below is a summary of who we know was contacted and the current response by those people. Teverz Repo Teverz is a Youtube video maker who has his own wizard for Kodi builds. He is not an addon developer to our knowledge. Teverz received a letter and talked to the person on the phone via the number supplied. So far, Teverz is keeping everything online, calling the letter nothing but a “scare tactic” without any sort of legal weight. Doggmatic Doggmatic is a Kodi youtuber, build maker, and member of the Illuminati Repo. Like Teverz and Blamo, it appears that he is not going anywhere and will not be intimidated by the letter. Noobs and Nerds Repository One or more members of the Noobs and Nerds repository also received letters today and as of this post, the official NoobsandNerds website leads to a suspended account message. The NaN repo has been pulled offline. OpenELEQ, one of the developers with Noobs and Nerds, posted the following on Twitter: You probably all seen it allready: Nan-site is offline as is their twitter. It does not look like it will be comming back either and I have also emptied out my repo’s of all content that could be considered copyright-infringing. I will be keeping my git-account alive though simply to avoid it being high-jacked, nothing else. Also, if you see claims in the future that I or Nan endorses TVA (similar to what happened to Xunity), do not believe it as that will never ever happen! SpinzTV Repository SpinzTV, one of the most popular Kodi builds on the internet and his repository also hosted the Cartoon Crazy and Strictly HD addons. As of today, his repo is offline and he has stated that he is finished with Kodi for now. Blamo Repo Blamo, the developer behind Placenta, Neptune Rising, and Death Streams, did NOT receive a letter from ACE. However, he has pulled his repository location and moved it to a new server. He has stated that he is taking a break from Twitter temporarily because he “has some stuff to take care of and some projects to do”. Side note: also The Pyramid / Team ZT And Grace Green / Looking Glass got cease and desist letters too. Source
  16. This site has all the latest working addons for kodi with instructions on how to install them and which repositories to choose from. SOURCE
  17. JeffDunhill

    Watching Kodi via OpenVPN help!

    I have been looking for a way to help a friend with Kodi using OpenVPN. I personally use a premium VPN but can't share it with him so to look for a way, I came with this detail on the blog of my own vpn service: OpenVPN allows users to set-up five separate VPN server locations on Kodi and quickly switch between them. By following these simple steps, you can setup OpenVPN on Kodi. Open Kodi Go to SYSTEM and then File Manager. Click Add Source. Choose None. Type the given address: http://fusion.tvaddons.ag Click done. Select the box that says enter a name for this media device and input the name fusion. Click ok. Go to the Kodi app on your Home Screen. Click System. Go to Add-ons from the pane. Then click install from zip file. Click fusion. Then click XMBC-repos. Select English. Click metalkettle-x.x.x.zip and then wait until the Add-on enabled prompt is shown. Click Install from a repository or Get Helix Add-On. Then click MetalKettles Addon Repository. Go to Program add-ons. Now click OpenVPN. Click Install and wait for the Add-on enabled prompt to show up. Click VPN for OpenELEC. Finally, click Install and wait for the Add-on enabled prompt to show up. Now that you have installed the appropriate add-ons, it is time to complete the installation by configuring VPN for OpenELEC. Click VPN for OpenELEC. Click Launch. Then click Setup VPN. Choose your desired VPN provider from the list that shows up. Click Continue. Input your VPN username and password. Click OK. Click the back arrow located on the upper left corner. Click Continue VPN. Choose your preferred server from the list that pops up. Wait until the server connects. You will be notified once you have been successfully connected. Then go back and select Check my IP. Reference: How to Use the Best VPN on Kodi? Now I just wanna confirm that it doesn't need any premium service or anything does it? I haven't yet done it myself and would like to get some words from you guys about it! Thanks in Advance.
  18. BookCase

    Additional Kodi Addons

    I wonder if we can add a link to the Super Repo addons site to the front page Kodi section. That site is HERE and adds thousands more addons to Kodi than tvaddons does. One, in particular is iSTREAM. It is very good, and better than Genesis in many ways. It also has an option to "Subscribe". By subscribing, it notifies you of new additions to the TV and Movie database which is a very useful feature. Another great one is Origin. I think the superrepo would be an awesome addition for anyone.
  19. http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/windows/win32/kodi-17.5-Krypton-x86.exe
  20. Kodi 17.4 https://ftp.halifax.rwth-aachen.de/xbmc/releases/windows/win32/kodi-17.4-Krypton-x86.exe
  21. Three domains previously operated by defunct Kodi addons site TVAddons have been transferred to a law firm in Canada. With no explanation forthcoming, the security implications cannot be ignored. According to Kodi Project Manager Nathan Betzen, a third party in control of these domains could potentially do whatever they wanted to vulnerable former TVAddons users. Formerly known as XBMC, the popularity of the entirely legal Kodi media player has soared in recent years. Controversial third-party addons that provide access to infringing content have thrust Kodi into the mainstream and the product is now a household name. Until recently, TVAddons.ag was the leading repository for these addons. During March, the platform had 40 million unique users connected to the site’s servers, together transferring an astounding petabyte of addons and updates. Everything was going well until news broke last month that the people behind TVAddons were being sued in a federal court in Texas. Shortly after the site went dark and hasn’t been back since. This was initially a nuisance to the millions of Kodi devices that relied on TVAddons for their addons and updates. With the site gone, none were forthcoming. However, the scene recovered relatively quickly and for users who know what they’re doing, addons are now available from elsewhere. That being said, something very unusual happened this week. Out of the blue, several key TVAddons domains were transferred to a Canadian law firm. TVAddons, who have effectively disappeared, made no comment. The lawyer involved, Daniel Drapeau, ignored requests for an explanation. While that’s unusual enough, there’s a bigger issue at play here for millions of former TVAddons users who haven’t yet wiped their devices or upgraded them to work with other repositories. Without going into huge technical detail, any user of an augmented Kodi device that relied on TVAddons domains (TVAddons.ag, Offshoregit.com) for updates can be reasonably confident that the domains their device is now accessing are not controlled by TVAddons anymore. That is not good news. When a user installs a Kodi addon or obtains an update, the whole system is based on human trust. People are told about a trustworthy source (repository or ‘repo’) and they feel happy getting their addons and updates from it. However, any person in control of a repo can make a Kodi addon available that can do pretty much anything. When that’s getting free movies, people tend to be happy, but when that’s making a botnet out of set-top boxes, enthusiasm tends to wane a bit. If the penny hasn’t yet dropped, consider this. TVAddons’ domains are now being run by a law firm which refuses to answer questions but has the power to do whatever it likes with them, within the law of course. Currently, the domains are lying dormant and aren’t doing anything nefarious, but if that position changes, millions of people will have absolutely no idea anything is wrong. TorrentFreak spoke to Kodi Project Manager Nathan Betzen who agrees that the current security situation probably isn’t what former TVAddons users had in mind. “These are unsandboxed Python addons. The person [in control of] the repo could do whatever they wanted. You guys wrote about the addon that created a DDoS event,” Betzen says. “If some malware author wanted, he could easily install a watcher that reports back the user’s IP address and everything they were doing in Kodi. If the law firm is actually an anti-piracy group, that seems like the likeliest thing I can think of,” he adds. While nothing can be ruled out, it seems more likely that the law firm in question has taken control of TVAddons’ domains in order to put them out of action, potentially as part of a settlement in the Dish Network lawsuit. However, since it refuses to answer any questions, everything is open to speculation. Another possibility is that the domains are being held pending sale, which then raises questions over who the buyer might be and what their intentions are. The bottom line is we simply do not know and since nobody is talking, it might be prudent to consider the worst case scenario. “If it’s just a holding group, then people [in control of the domain/repo] could do whatever they can think of. Want a few million incredibly inefficient bit mining boxes?” Betzen speculates. While this scenario is certainly a possibility, one would at least like to think of it as unlikely. That being said, plenty of Internet security fails can be attributed to people simply hoping for the best when things go bad. That rarely works. On the plus side, Betzen says that since Python code is usually pretty easy to read, any nefarious action could be spotted by vigilant members of the community fairly quickly. However, Martijn Kaijser from Team Kodi warns that it’s possible to ship precompiled Python code instead of the readable versions. “You can’t even see what’s in the Python files and what they do,” he notes. Finally, there’s a possibility that TVAddons may be considering some kind of comeback. Earlier this week a new domain – TVAddons.co – was freshly registered, just after the old domains shifted to the law firm. At this stage, however, nothing is known about the site’s plans. Article source
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