Does Kodi Steals Licensed Cable Content Through Official Addons?

Are the XBMC foundations attacks on YouTubers and others hypocritical?

Amid the constant controversy surrounding the free open source media center known as Kodi, The group behind the program, The XBMC foundation has regularly maintained that it is not responsible for sharing copyrighted material such as movie and TV shows without permission. Through statements on its official blog, Kodi essentially denies any culpability for users accessing copyrighted content illegally.

Kodi’s PR defense

Kodi attempts to defend accusations of piracy. In a blog post by  Nathan Betzen, Betzen addressed the issue of users and illegal content saying it was up to the user as to what is accessed using the software. Streaming live sports channels or other live events that are subjected to copyrights is illegal. I call this the DVD defense because it is like saying DVD players are not meant for piracy but could be used for it.

Nathan Betzen – “Kodi Team maintains an officially neutral stance on what users do with their own software. Kodi is open source media player software, and as long as the GPL is followed, you are welcome to do with it as you like. So we don’t love this use of Kodi, as long as you know what?… illegal and dangerous things you are getting yourself into and accept the fact that the Team will not be providing you with any support, then you are welcome to do what you like”.

Kodi has also fought back with posts from independent writers (Which Kodi heavily promoted on their own social media for maximum distribution) parroting its viewpoint. In an article by Engadget Senior HD editor Richard Lawler, Lawler explains the fight between Kodi and YouTubers who promote third-party add-ons heavily sourcing the same Kodi blog. In this excerpt from the story that appeared 2/14/16 Lawler sums up the controversy surrounding Kodi succinctly.
“One look all around YouTube reveals setups touting “The Beast,” “Genesis” and others that promise access to current movies, cable TV and more without the issue of actually paying for any of them. “

Kodi’s Official add-ons do allow users to access copyrighted content without paying for it. Kodi says that their media center is meant to provide users access to legally digitized copies of a user’s own legitimately purchased media library be it Hollywood, blockbusters, music or personal movies and pictures. For the record, Kodi does perform this function beautifully.

Betzen’s claims that Kodi has a hands-off approach when it comes to how users interact with Kodi as far as third-party add-ons that provide access to copyrighted material is fair enough. After all, I can use my Toshiba Satelite computer to access any number of things that Toshiba does not have anything to do with including torrents, pornography and more. But given such a stance on Kodi’s official blog then we should certainly expect that Kodi’s official add-ons would not provide access to copyrighted material without upfront logins and legitimate portals to the content right? Well, my friends, this is not the case at the moment.

Included with any install of the media center available on Kodi’s official website users have access to a large number of what the foundation would refer to as legit add-ons that do not violate any copyright laws. But the fact is that Kodi’s official addon repository contains access to a number of add-ons based on the US and international TV stations that provide direct access to programming which in any other case would require authentication from a cable provider in order to access the information.

Is Kodi truly working to prevent its software from being used for Piracy? No!!!

Both of these networks have apps for other platforms. The Roku App for SyFy also requires a cable login to access the full slates of programming. These two blatant examples show that Kodi does, in fact, deliver copyrighted content to users even when accessing official add-ons. They are not simply scraping content from a website and providing access to content available for free. They are somehow instead skirting the basic rules in place for using the content in the first place. If Kodi feels they are being unfairly targeted by companies like Amazon or that their reputation has been tarnished by unofficial add-ons like 1 Channel, the XBMC foundation had better give an explanation of that evidence. I feel that there is undeniable evidence that Kodi can be used to steal cable content and movies and that the XBMC foundation knows it. Those are after all their add-ons. So are pirates and hackers ruining the reputation of Kodi? Or are they expanding on it? For the record, I reached out numerous times to two representatives from The XBMC foundation for a period of over a month before choosing to publish this story. My contacts never returned my phone calls, text messages or skype messages.

Why are the creators of Kodi called the XBMC Foundation?

On a side note, if you are wondering why I keep referring to the XBMC foundation versus say vs say the Kodi Foundation or Corporation it is because the official name of the group of developers who started Kodi is the XBMC foundation. The term XBMC was a shortened version of the software’s original name The Xbox Media Center which was developed as a modification for the Xbox. Kodi was actually called XBMC for years before it put forth a name change meant to empower Kodi to be able to control how its software was referred to and marketed.

how to get rid of all the kodi pairing error?

How to get rid of all the kodi pairing error?

Pairing errors are one of the most annoying things in kodi. That too when you rea planning to chill out in the weekend. this little popup window appears showing stream authorization errors. Most of the time, we try some fix. But it won’t work. So we feel like throwing that console in our hand. Most of the time I did this. Are you like me?

Don’t worry here after you don’t have to do it. There is a way to fix this issue once and for all. Pairing method is the only available method to fix this issue. But here we won’t be fixing the issue, we are about to get rid of the issue once and for all. The method I am going to share will work on any version of kodi.

Stream authorization is the only way to verify that the streaming person is a human. so some servers keep this steps as mandatory. We will be removing all these servers from the URL resolver. So the URL Resolver won’t fetch those servers. So you won’t receive any error. And this is a one time process. Once you have configured the URL resolver, it will be one hell of inner peace.

By doing so we are eliminating some of the possible working streams. So make sure to face the consequences. But trust me personally, blocking those streams saves tons of time. Sometimes, the pairing method is not working.

How to get rid of all the kodi pairing error?

First, make sure to take a backup of current kodi. Since URL resolver is a system dependency, messing it up may cause a big issue. To be on the safer side take a backup by using any of the program addons. I personally suggest taking a full backup from indigo kodi addon. After taking the backup to follow to the below steps.

  1. Go to settings > System settings.
  2. Change the settings mode to expert. By default, it will be in standard mode.
  3. Then select addons in the left Pane.
  4. Select manage dependencies in the right pane.
  5. From the list of dependencies, select URL Resolver.
  6. From the information window, select Configure.
  7. Now Search for stream authorization server on the Resolver list.
  8. And disable the server with stream authorization.
  9. Select ok and restart your kodi.

After these steps, you won’t find that server again on your list. You must disable the right server. You can find the server from the error box. Mostly it will be like Openload, video pair, and a few more. If you had disabled the wrong server, you can follow the same steps to enable them.

Since we had disabled some of the servers, the number of streams will be reduced. But you can access all of them for free, without any authorization. From the list, some may work and some not. But no more annoying stream authorization pop up!

Thus you had successfully get rid of all the kodi pairing errors. Hope this article is informative. Don’t forget to share this with your friends and beloved ones. Your little share may save a console and few bucks for your friends!


How to Fix Playback Failed error on Kodi

At present, Kodi is considered to be the most powerful platform which allows you to stream Movies, TV shows, Sports, Music and much more. You can also watch Live TV on Kodi. Are you new to Kodi??? Here we go. If you are already familiar with Kodi you can skip this introduction part and directly move to the solutions.

Kodi is an open source media player software. It can be used to manage all your media files in one place. However, you can’t use the content directly, instead, you have to download it and import it into Kodi. This is done with the help of Add-ons. Add-ons act as portals through which one can stream content on Kodi.

Kodi supports almost all platforms including macOS, Linux, Android, iOS and Windows and much more. This is because of its wide range of content and it provides these contents free of charge. Apart from this, the other side of Kodi, that is its UI. It provides the freedom to customize the UI. There are a lot of Kodi skins and Kodi builds, which gives you a new look and experience to use Kodi.

Playback Error

With an open source platform like Kodi along with tons of third-party add-ons, it is common to have some error. There are few types of error like ‘Check log for more information’, ‘One or more items failed to play’, ‘Playback failed kodi error‘ and there is a few more on the list. Of these the most common one is the ‘Playback Failed’ error. It occurs in a situation where the video stops working, it means either it freezes, there may be a lag or it turns into a black screen.

How to Fix the Playback Error on Kodi

This fix solution is suited for ‘Playback Failed’,  ‘Check log for more information’, ‘One or more items failed to play’, ‘Failed with Error Code’.

1. Clear Cache Maintenance

Whenever you use an addon, they start to store files for the later reference. These files are called cache files. In order to clear the cache using this method, we need to first install an Addon named as Raw Maintenance.

  • Click the Settings gear icon at the top left of the home page.
  • Go to File Manager.
  • Select Add Source File.
  • Add source file tab will pop-up, select none.
  • They this URL: and select Ok.
  • Enter a name for the file, for instance, name it as solution.
  • Go to the home page and Select Add-ons. >> Select the Package Installer icon.
  • Select Install for zip file.
  • Click on the source file name.
  • Select the
  • Now select Install from repository.
  • Select Raw Maintenance >> Install.

After installing the Addon, go back to the home page and select Program Add-ons >> Raw Maintenance >> Clear Cache and Purge Packages.

2. Clearing the Database Files

If your database files are outdated, it may also be a reason for the error. Clearing this outdated files might work for you.  For this, you need to get rid of the database file on your device. It is easier than you think. Let’s see how to do that.

  • Launch Kodi and Select Setting gear icon at the top left.
  • Go to File Manager.
  • Now Select Profile Directory option.
  • Select Database and search for Addons.db.
  • Right-click and select Delete.
  • If you are using Window PC, then in the search bar, type %Appdata and launch Kodi. Then go to User data >> database >> Addon.db >> Delete.

These two methods are more than enough to fix the Playback Failed error. Hope this information will be useful. If you have any issues with the methods or any feedback, kindly comment below.

How to use Kodi Repositories

The Repositories are just like a websites where the add-ons files are stored. Whenever an add-on was created, it has been hosted in a repository so that the users can download and use it very easily. There are so many repositories are available on kodi. But finding the best kodi repository is a big deal. The popular repositories can have a large numbers of addons. So, you can use that repositories and access hundreds of add-ons. One of the main advantages of using the repositories is that the add-on which you are using gets updated by the developer, it will be automatically updated on your Kodi. When you use a repository, you need not worry about having to manually update your software, as it will all be done automatically.

How to Install a Kodi Repository?

Installing a repository on Kodi is a simple process. Initially, you can add the URL of the repository to your sources, so that Kodi knows where to look for add-on files to download. You can use the install from zip file command in the add-ons section of Kodi to add the repository to your build. Now let us see the installation procedure for how to install a Kodi Repository.

  1. First, you have to open Kodi on your device.
  2. From the Kodi Homepage, click on the settings icon and then go to File Manager.
  3. Now, you have to double-click on Add source.
  4. Now the Add file source dialog box is displayed on the screen. In that, you have to select the <None>.
  5. Here you need to enter the URL of the repository. Make sure that the URL which you have entered is correct and then click OK.
  6. Here you have to enter a name which you want for the source and then click OK.
  7. After entering the correct URL and source name, then click OK.
  8. Next, you need to go to the Kodi Home-screen and select the Add-ons.
  9. Now you can click on the Package Installer icon which is present at the top-left corner.
  10. Now you have to select the Install from zip file.
  11. Here you need to select the source that you have already entered in step 6.
  12. Now you can select the repository zip file and then wait for few seconds till the repository completes its installation process.
  13. Now the repository has been added to your Kodi system.

How to Use a Kodi Repository?

Once the repository has been added to your system, you can use it to start installing Kodi add-ons. Here are instructions on using a repository to find and install add-ons:

  1. From the Kodi Homepage, you have to select the Add-ons which is present at the left-side menu.
  2. Now you can click on the Package Installer icon which is present at the top-left corner.
  3. Next, you can select the Install from repository.
  4. Now you have to find and select the required repository from the list.
  5. Here, you need to click on the category of the add-on that you’re looking for, such as Video add-onsMusic add-ons, or Program add-ons.
  6. Now you have to select the add-on which you want to install.
  7. Now you can select the  Install option and wait for few seconds till the addon completes its installation process.
  8. After addon installed successfully, you will be indicated by the pop-up displayed on the top-right corner of the screen.


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Kodi is an open source media streaming software. It is also very flexible and will works on various operating systems like Windows, Android, iOS, Linux and many others. By using the Kodi app, you can play so many streaming channels like videos, sports, music and much more media contents using the internet and other local network connection. It can also be having some additional advantages like you can add or install your favourite add-ons and enjoy the free contents available on the internet. Kodi is not available in Roku by default. This article explains, various methods on how to install Kodi on Roku. Continue reading How To Setup Kodi On Roku

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