NEW EU LAWS SEE DEVELOPERS FALLING FROM SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
It’s not been three weeks and already we see the drop in social media activity from third-party add-on developers. As developers move from public eye, social media platforms in fear of investigations due to new laws. We look at what could be turmoil for users who purchased pirate devices. With Apps Like Teamviewer and OTA E Box has their customers covered for any possible issues. issues could arise due to the new EU laws passed down in a Dutch courtroom as we reported in last month’s update, is Kodi legal, is selling Kodi boxes illegal, what is Kodi. It seems now that after the hammer fell on a courtroom decision the knock on effect is showing its hand hitting the social media platforms first, as developers move from the public eye to avoid detection.
FIRST POSTS OUT WAS YOU WON’T BAN KODI, THIS A TRUE FACT IN DEFENCE OF THE OPEN SOURCE MEDIA PLAYER.
First it was cries of you shall not ban Kodi. This is a fact as the law was not aiming at Kodi itself. Kodi is an open source media centre and often blamed for the way third-party developers change it. To get access to pirate content. Third party developers create an add-on that allows the user to get access to websites. With links to desired Sport’s Movies and TV shows. The demand was there for this type of media and this has helped with the huge increase of people looking for a way to get access to it.
As there was no law against streaming this made Kodi the perfect platform for third-party developers to experiment with developing an add-on that would take the strain out of searching for and then downloading files from the internet. developers had this perfected down to a fine art with some add-ons working as good as Netflix or Amazon prime streaming newly released movies and Premiership title sports. If developers move from public eye, this could cause a potential nightmare for users who purchased fully loaded devices without support.
ONE DEVELOPER THANKS ALL AS HE BOWS OUT FROM HIS ROLE IN THIRD PARTY DEVELOPMENT
As one developer stated in a social media tweet he has enjoyed a great two years developing within Kodi and gives thanks to all who aided him in doing what he enjoyed.
WITH THE RECENT CHANGES TO UK LAW, THE TIME HAS COME FOR ME TO CHANGE DIRECTION….
For a while, I have thought about throwing in the towel and calling it a day. The last 2 years have amazed in terms of what I have learnt, the friends I have made,the community of fans I have behind me and the number of followers I have gained via social media.
I don’t think people fully appreciate the amount of time the developers, build makers, bloggers, coders and supports invest to offer the things that by some, taken for granted. I have invested a lot of time, money and energy into making the things I have but the time has come for me to draw a line under it.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR E BOX CUSTOMERS IN THE FUTURE IF MORE DEVELOPERS FOLLOW IN THIS WAY
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E Box customers are assured that if developers move from the public eye. Users will have the most up to date news on all media streaming. They already have tools needed to diversify from Kodi should it ever come under outright banning laws. E Box customers can feel at ease they are not breaking any laws when using our latest EBMC version. All other Kodi related topics can be accessed in our website including How to guides and stable version downloads. E Box has a great range of Apps available in our App store or via the Google Play Store. E Box team keep our fingers on the pulse of what is happening around the globe so we can bring you the best experience on your Android powered device.
IS THIS THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM AS SEEN RECENTLY WITH KODI UPGRADE TO VERSION 17 KRYPTON
Will mass panic erupt for people who have purchased a fully loaded box sold by pirate box sellers? Kodi support groups were in demand at the beginning of the year. As Kodi made the move from Jarvis 16.1 to its latest version of Krypton 17. The upgrade left a mass of people who purchased their device from sites such as EBay and Amazon. Users stuck with blank screens or unplayable content. If developers move from public eye because of the EU streaming laws. This is likely to happen again if developers shut down websites and accounts, also add-ons that’s linked to third-party’s. Users will have nowhere to turn for advice if they have purchased a fully loaded box with pirate content. As the user has not set up the device they won’t be fully aware of the content that’s installed. This could be where they first have issues.
WHATEVER THE ISSUE E BOX HAVE YOUR BACK WITH OTA UPDATER
The dilemma occurred as the user had no knowledge of setting Kodi up on their own. With no advice from where they purchased their device available to them. Once they purchased the device they were on their own unlike E box customers. Staff on hand can do most tasks that need done if OTA updater is not enough. E Box customers have assurance whatever the future holds for this media player we will be on the front line keeping you ahead. Issues brought on when developers move from the public eye can be avoided by being well-informed. Issues such as cancelled add-ons, removed builds and unavailable links are all areas that will affect users. E Box Always keep you up to date and on the front line for the best Android powered device experience we can offer.
DEVELOPERS MOVE FROM PUBLIC EYE, ISSUES PREDICTED FOR FUTURE KODI USERS
As developers take steps moving from social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook it will upset the Kodi community. As developers move from public eye E Box users will escape any issues caused by the move. With support Apps like team viewer and OTA updater. From the Q box through the T8 V5 up to our projectors such as E box Air Gold are all pre-installed with these great apps one of the many great services E Box offer.
New EU laws puts streaming on the same playing field as downloads now in legal terms. Kodi users who access services from third-party developers streaming from pirate sites are looking at a potential nightmare. As developer’s shut down, their sources for add-ons builds and tutorial websites on how to best access their work. Users Loss of sources will occur as developers try to change their work to stay within the legal limitations. You can safely assume it will cause a great amount of people looking for that quick fix to their issues. That may appear if more developers move from public eye.
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How to install Kodi 17.0 Krypton on Android 4.4 Devices (updated 21/04/2017)
(Kodi 17.1 krypton for Android 4.4 is being developed and will be released very soon)
As you may be aware since the release of Kodi 17.0, anyone running Android 4.4 would have had issues installing the latest Kodi Android app. Not anymore! If you compare TV boxes you will see most are in fact running 5.0 or above. These devices would run the latest Kodi/ EBMC without any issues. But for users with older 4.4 devices, Kodi krypton would fail to install. In this post, we are going to show you how to easily install Kodi 17 krypton on Android 4.4 devices.
Due to a good development team, over at MyGica, they have managed to come up with a tweaked version of Kodi 17.0 that runs on most Android 4.4 TV boxes. Including the MXQ TV box and T8 V2/V3 TV box. If you need any other questions answered check out ourTV box FAQ’s it covers all most common questions.
This is a version of EBMC by EntertainmentBox is based on the MYGica Kodi 17 Krypton fork for Android 4.4
Kodi 17.0 works on 4.4 Android
Kodi 17.0 confluence skin set as default (fixed switching skin issue)
Congratulations! Kodi 17 Krypton is now running on Android 4.4
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Now Team kodi has had enough, with the release of kodi 17.0 Krypton. All wizards and builds have beenblocked and will fail to install the vital kodi add-ons and backgrounds. All needed to give the end user the effect of a fully loaded Kodi setup.
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Will Kodi add-ons work with 17.0 krypton
So we know Kodi setup wizards and Kodi builds are being stopped with the latest release of Kodi 17.0 Krypton.
Will Kodi add-ons still work? Team Kodi do not seem to have an issue if you add your own add-ons but seem to only want to stop Kodi setup wizards from working.
You can still add any Kodi addon that you wish with the exception kodi builds or wizards.
After publishing this post, it has come to our attention that there are in fact Kodi wizards and Kodi builds working with the latest version of Kodi 17.0.
What are Kodi setup wizards / Kodi builds
Over the past few years Kodi setup wizards and Kodi builds have been released by the 100’s. They work by allowing the user to download many add-ons repos and backgrounds with one click. This can be done with the user adding one Kodi add-on that will then install all the rest. Or by installing complete Kodi setup wizard Android apps.
Some users tend to rely on Kodi setup wizards to install new versions of kodi add-ons when they are released. Also to update older versions of existing Kodi add-ons.
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Best Kodi setup wizard 2016
There are many developers claiming their build is the best kodi setup wizard 2016 or 2017 to try to attract the user to download their wizard.
With names like The Beast Build, The BlackBox, The HubWizard, Ares Wizard, KodiMaster Wizard.
All with claims of offering the best user experience, the truth is they all use the same Kodi add-ons but use different backgrounds. (or skins)
Who runs these setup wizards and Kodi builds
Most of the developers behind the building of these setup wizards or Kodi builds do it as a hobby or to help out the end users fully setup their Kodi without any prior knowledge.
This is exactly what kodi is trying to stop, they want the end user to know how to add Kodi add-ons by themselves. Team Kodi do not like the way an average person with no knowledge can install 100s of Kodi add-ons with one click.
Will other Kodi builds still work?
At the time of writing Kodi 16.1 is still the most recent release of Kodi. All Kodi buildsand setup wizards work without any issue. They will continue to work for the time being.
If you take a look back to the days when Kodi 15.2 was released. If you try to install any modern day Kodi add-on into it. You’re more than likely going to encounter “dependency not met!“.
This is because Kodi changes with every new release. With every new Kodi version new dependencies are needed to be met. The developers behind the add-ons now need to take into account these new changes. Then update their add-on to work correctly with the newer version of Kodi. This can stop the add-on running on older versions of Kodi. So eventually in time your favourite add-on could fail to run on older versions of Kodi.
Is this the end of Kodi builds / Kodi wizards?
If you look at how open source Kodi is. You will begin understand that its going to be very hard for Team Kodi to actually stop these Kodi wizards and Kodi builds from running. It’s only a matter of time before a developer works out a way to get the build to install correctly.
Once that happens it will open the flood gates for people to replicate the fix for installing Kodi builds in Kodi 17.0 and above.
Kodi 17.0 development build has been available to download since 10-Aug-2016. Allowing not only users, but Wizard developers and build makers to test.
When Kodi release 17.0 it will be a game changer with how people use Kodi wizards. If you’re planning to update to Kodi 17.0. At the time of writing most Kodi builds, or Kodi setup wizards in their current form are going to work. We have now learned this can easily be overcome with newer versions of the Kodi Setup Wizard or Kodi Builds.
Kodi 16.1 will continue to work with all add-ons, unless the developer behind that add-on changes something to will stop it working on older versions. It’s not going to be affected for now and you’re Kodi add-ons will continue to work with kodi 16.0 for the foreseeable future.
If you ask me if I think Team Kodi won’t be able to stop setup wizards and Kodi builds for ever.