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Is Kodi in trouble?

We all know someone who sells Kodi sticks and boxes. Eventually, this will lead to Kodi’s demise.

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I recently stumbled across a post today on The Verge which pointed me to a story via the BBC about a group of people arrested for selling Kodi sticks and over-priced boxes. It’s also believed the group racked up over $300,000 in revenue.

The Verge writes:

Kodi was in the news this week after five people were arrested for selling fully loaded “Kodi boxes.” Those little HDMI sticks allegedly earned the pack some £250,000 (over $310,000) in the process. I’m aware of similar practices in the US, too, with sellers marking up Kodified Fire TV Sticks to $60, $80, or even $100, with eager buyers snapping them up for the promise of “free” everything.

For those of you out of the loop, Kodi is an open-source media server which can be loaded onto an Amazon Fire Stick, Android set-top box, or even smartphones and laptops. Basically, it offers your free access to live sporting events around the world, movies, TV shows, and a whole lot more. However, it does come with a load of caveats. It’s not perfect and sometimes gives you more headaches than it’s worth.

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Oh, did I also mention it’s illegal? When you boil it down, it’s essentially intellectual property theft. Piracy, if that’s easier.

Now, I’m not promoting the use of Kodi or anything, but the problem here is that people are trying to make a quick buck off the platform, and that’s not right. Especially when Kodi’s creators are not even asking for money.

The key takeaways here is this: 

  • The more news about Kodi related busts will eventually shut it down.
  • Developers will start to drop and third-party applications will cease to exist.
  • Goodbye Kodi.

For what it’s worth, The Verge also ran a poll with its readers in which it asks if any of them are Kodi users. The results are pretty interesting:

Verge Poll Kodi

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