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TVman
05-09-2013, 06:29 AM
Surely you've heard about the XBMC media player at some point over the
past decade but it is almost a sure wager that you are not aware of the
purpose for which the majority of users employ this platform. It's much
more than a media player; because of it's ability to support third party
add-ons which can be used to interface with online streaming content,
most users have turned to XBMC as a sort of video on demand system to
the world of piracy, giving them access directly from their hardware
device, without needing to visit any advertising ridden web pages or
face access restrictions.

It's easy to install third party add-ons to XBMC and can be done without
any technical experience whatsoever through the use of a third party
server based add-on installer called the Fusion Installer, or through
the use of the XBMC configuration wizard. Once installed, you'll be able
to browse through pretty much every streaming site in existence, giving
you access to content such as free movies and television shows, live
sports, international channels, adult content and more. The most popular
add-ons for XBMC at the current time interface with 1Channel, Project
Free TV, IceFilms and TV-Release.

There are a wide variety of platform supported by XBMC including Mac,
Windows, Jailbroken iOS, Jailbroken Apple TV, Android, Raspberry Pi,
Linux, and XBMCbuntu. It is now easier than ever to install the open
source media player to any of the aforementioned platforms and complete
step by step instructions are available at our site. Something that
should be considered is that many people have began using XBMC on
Android powered set-top boxes such as the Pivos XIOS DS or the Jynxbox
Android HD, giving you access to live streaming directly from your
television as if you were using a satellite receiver.

It should be considered that the XBMC Foundation itself doesn't support
the use of these type of third party add-ons. They are the product of
open source principals and are provided through XBMC HUB, which is the
home site for third party XBMC add-ons and software tools. The add-ons
themselves are nothing more than a bookmark to a web browser, however in
the case of XBMC the browser is that of a textual graphical interface
that turns it very much into a video on demand type interface as far as
the end users witnesses aesthetically. There is no distribution of
pirated content taking place through the XBMC system and it is therefore
not contributing to piracy in any way.

Please take the time to install XBMC and play with it for yourself. It's
not entirely perfect yet but for the most part it's incredible. There
are millions of people across the globe using this platform on a daily
basis, it is considered by many to be a life changer. We've even heard
from a lot of people who have decided to "cut the cord" and use strictly
use XBMC for their entertainment needs.

From XBMC HUB (http://www.xbmchub.com)

Sidsnot
05-09-2013, 07:30 AM
I think these add-ons are just an extension of Googles search engine. They exist and you can access them using a browser or via an add-on. Unless it becomes a crime to visit these sites and Google stops indexing them, i dont see it as a problem.

Rather than trying to get rid of these services, the movie and tv companies should make content easily available and cheap (bit like Netflix) thene people will go the legit route.

admin
05-09-2013, 07:38 AM
Rather than trying to get rid of these services, the movie and tv companies should make content easily available and cheap (bit like Netflix) thene people will go the legit route.

I think you make a valid point. Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos has been quoted as saying that wherever Netflix operates piracy drops (http://www.worldtvpc.com/blog/netflix-is-the-solution-to-online-piracy-says-ted-sarandos/). People just want low cost access to any show or movie. The problem we still have is that it is sometimes hard to find what you want unless you hit the torrent sites which have everything. We need a legal and cheap torrent site.

US TV
05-09-2013, 06:24 PM
The reason that hardware running XBMC will continue to grow against your Roku's and Apple TV's is because, quote - "it's ability to support third party
add-ons which can be used to interface with online streaming content."

Those add-ons are coded and put together by real people, not companies with a vested interest in making people pay thro the nose for content. None of the add-ons that let you watch free movies, sports and tv would ever exist on those closed and locked up systems.

I think the big winners in the next year or so will be android and xbmc. Both free and open source.