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    The Dark Side of XBMC and Why Its So Popular

    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidsnot View Post
    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. 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.
    Live Long, watch TV and prosper

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    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.

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