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TideSaint
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Prattville - God's Country
Member since Sep 2008
56776 posts

Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
I see people mention it when it comes to cord cutting, but what exactly is it?

Is it free?

What channels do you get with it?



TigerMyth36
River Ridge
Member since Nov 2005
38285 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
It is a piracy platform that isn't easy to explain. There are plenty of guides available on youtube.

The simple description would be a program that scours the internet for streaming links of copyrighted content. All in one nicely packaged program.
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gjackx
Houston Astros Fan
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Member since Jan 2007
15288 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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The simple description would be a program that scours the internet for streaming links of copyrighted content. All in one nicely packaged program.

Basically this.


Dam Guide
New Orleans Saints Fan
Nooga
Member since Sep 2005
12054 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
Kodi isn't a piracy platform, it can be used as one.

Kodi is basically open source home theater software. It can do a number of things including keeping you audio and video libraries accessible to other devices. Since it is open source, people have written plugins for it to search for online media torrents and files to be able to stream pirated movies.

It's basically a more open version of Plex, but Plex has some features which are much more preferred for a media center that isn't piracy related.
This post was edited on 9/11 at 2:24 pm


Ohiosportsfan
Member since Sep 2019
5 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
Kodi is like Google Search

It isn't a piracy site like YouTube which has thousands of videos hosted without consent
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TigerMyth36
River Ridge
Member since Nov 2005
38285 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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Kodi isn't a piracy platform


99% of the people using Kodi use it to watch copyrighted programming. I don't care about that but trying to claim it isn't mainly used to package together links to copyrighted info is a straight up lie.

And yes I pulled the 99% out of the air but I doubt it is far off from reality.
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TigerMyth36
River Ridge
Member since Nov 2005
38285 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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It isn't a piracy site like YouTube which has thousands of videos hosted without consent



Kodi is almost 100% used for piracy. Youtube has billions of legit videos on it.

Every single instance of people mentioning Kodi on this site is to watch copyrighted videos or sports events.

You clowns claiming it isn't a piracy platform have used it to watch copyrighted material.

I've used it. Yes, it can be used for legit purposes. Most people don't use it for legit purposes and the OP using it to replace cable isn't using it to watch public domain content.
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Zappas Stache
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Member since Apr 2009
25135 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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Every single instance of people mentioning Kodi on this site is to watch copyrighted videos or sports events.



I use the Kodi WinPVR host and client along with Windows Media Center to record and stream local TV to all of my devices.


TigerinATL
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since Feb 2005
51173 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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yes I pulled the 99% out of the air but I doubt it is far off from reality.


I bet it's undercounting it. To answer the OP's question

You can watch nearly anything you want with Kodi BUT

- Most streams are of questionable legality
- Availability and quality of streams is very inconsistent
- Even if you find a high quality stream there is often a quirk like subtitles in another language
- Setup requires a moderate level of tech savvy and effort. It's not as simple as installing an app from the app store, you have to figure out which "flavor" of Kodi you want to run and upgrades often require manual installation

You get what you pay for. Kodi has enough holes and deal breakers that's it's not the solution for everyone. If you expect a high quality stream every time you click on something to watch then you need to go with a pay service.


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TigerMyth36
River Ridge
Member since Nov 2005
38285 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
And you have never used it to check out copyrighted material?

If so I'll dial my guestimate down to 99% of the people on this site have discussed using KODI for copyrighted material.


Zappas Stache
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Member since Apr 2009
25135 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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If so I'll dial my guestimate down to 99% of the people on this site have discussed using KODI for copyrighted material.




I'm in the 1%

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And you have never used it to check out copyrighted material?


I also used to copy CDs and DVDs from friends back in the day.
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Ohiosportsfan
Member since Sep 2019
5 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
Should I get a vpn to watch all the NFL highlights on YouTube that didn't get the express written consent from the NFL?


Zappas Stache
Utility Muffin Research Kitchen
Member since Apr 2009
25135 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
Using a VPN is always a good idea, that and changing your DNS Server to a more secure public server such as google's DNS Server LINK. But watching stuff on Youtube is not illegal. Youtube has the duty to delete stuff that's not legal.


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Hopeful Doc
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2010
11605 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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And you have never used it to check out copyrighted material?

If so I'll dial my guestimate down to 99% of the people on this site have discussed using KODI for copyrighted material.




I'm also one of those weirdos that used Kodi as a media center only.



My goal was HTPC that was remote controlled, no keyboard, no mouse that had access to my cable subscription (I actually used WMC with a launcher that would start Kodi) to have access to Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu.


Sadly, the significantly more robust OS of Windows can't do what TVOS, RokuOS and FireTV can in terms of accessing these things without needing a mouse or keyboard. And then when they had apps that worked, they typically were not the highest quality (4k and surround sound rarely working because they were browser versions which lagged behind, likely for fear of piracy) so I finally gave up about a year ago.


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Dam Guide
New Orleans Saints Fan
Nooga
Member since Sep 2005
12054 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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99% of the people using Kodi use it to watch copyrighted programming. I don't care about that but trying to claim it isn't mainly used to package together links to copyrighted info is a straight up lie.

And yes I pulled the 99% out of the air but I doubt it is far off from reality.


It still doesn't change what Kodi is though and what you said being wrong. It's an open source media platform. People made plugins for Kodi that made it easy for simpletons to stream pirated content. Kodi is not just those plugins, it's just the main use of the software because they made that aspect easy.

Honestly I wish it was a ton harder, the easier and more mainstream it got, the worse it became to use it for that aspect.

Plex isn't a piracy platform either, even though everything on my plex server is entirely pirated.
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Tortious
ATX
Member since Nov 2010
1952 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
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Kodi isn't a piracy platform, it can be used as one.


Correct. You can't stream shite with a fresh install of Kodi. You have to install add-ons. Don't confuse some of these Kodi builds that come with a bunch of add-ons already installed as being vanilla Kodi itself. Those are builds someone put together.


LSshoe
LSU Fan
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Member since Jan 2008
2828 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
It's like saying computers are just porn devices. I'll bet 99% of pc users have watched porn on them. Obviously that means that's all they're used for. Yadda Yadda...

To answer op question, kodi is an open source media center software for most computing platforms, but primarily pcs. It can be used to play whatever local content you point out to, watch live TV if you have compatible equipment, launch games and with the help of plugins you can stream content from the internet. Those streaming plugins are what gave it notoriety, but even those can be completely legit and some are completely... Not.

The illegitimate stuff isn't available in the default repository of plugins so requires more work and Google fu to set up. Some people have created builds of kodi that have a bunch of that stuff pre-installed. I've tried one or two before, never liked it. I've got a pretty decent local media repository so I almost entirety play local (at least to my network) media.


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RealityTiger
LSU Fan
Geismar, LA
Member since Jan 2010
16225 posts

re: Can someone explain to me how Kodi works?
Kodi sucks. Use Cinema.


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