Why Kodi can be a steal

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There has been much de­bate lately about the le­gal­ity, or oth­er­wise, of so-called Kodi Boxes – minia­ture PCs that con­nect to your tele­vi­sion set and al­low you to watch videos stored on your home net­work and – con­tro­ver­sially – other net­works en­tirely.

If you don’t fre­quent the bar­gain base­ment stalls of your lo­cal mar­ket or the elec­tron­ics sec­tion of eBay, this dis­cus­sion may have passed you by, but the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the plat­form, and the like­li­hood of sev­eral court cases this year, may plant it fi­nally on your radar. In which case, it’s worth know­ing what a Kodi Box is, and whether the own­er­ship of one is some­thing to which you might as­pire.

The term it­self is mis­lead­ing, since noone ac­tu­ally man­u­fac­tures any­thing called a Kodi Box. Traders, many of the Arthur Da­ley va­ri­ety, have coined the phrase to de­scribe any old box con­tain­ing the es­sen­tial in­nards of a PC, on which they have them­selves in­stalled a piece of me­dia man­age­ment soft­ware called Kodi.

Kodi is a clever pro­gram that not only plays movies, TV shows, pho­tos and mu­sic, but also in­dexes them – match­ing con­tent it finds in your col­lec­tion with on­line in­for­ma­tion about plot, artistes and di­rec­tors. It also con­nects to shar­ing sites such as YouTube and the BBC iPlayer, and serves ev­ery­thing up in a vis­ually ap­peal­ing interface, which you can nav­i­gate with a re­mote con­trol.

There are ver­sions of Kodi for Win­dows, Macs, An­droid and Ap­ple phones and tablets. You can down­load it for free from the An­droid and Win­dows stores, and from Kodi’s own web­site at kodi.tv. All of which ticks the old ad­ver­tis­ing boxes of be­ing le­gal, de­cent, hon­est and truth­ful.

How­ever, Kodi has de­vel­oped an un­wanted as­so­ci­a­tion with those Arthur Da­ley boxes, most of which bear un­fa­mil­iar brand names and em­anate from fac­to­ries in China. The boxes them­selves, although they vary enor­mously in fea­tures and re­li­a­bil­ity, are use­ful pieces of kit and some­times even run Win­dows as well as the Google An­droid sys­tem that also pow­ers your phone.

The trend in the last year has been to ad­ver­tise and sup­ply these boxes for the ex­press pur­pose of run­ning Kodi. What’s

This soft­ware can be a boon for view­ers – and video pi­rates says David Behrens.

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