Kodi is an amazing piece of software that lets you stream apps and on-demand services onto your TV. Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open source media player application developed by XBMC/Kodi Foundation. It’s available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms and comes with a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. Users get to play and view videos, music, podcasts and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Kodi’s popularity is growing by the day. But a recent move by Amazon can turn out to be a big blow for Kodi.

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Amazon bans Kodi TV boxes and other pirate devices from its store

In what comes as a shocker, Amazon has imposed a blanket ban on fully-loaded Kodi TV boxes and other pirate devices from its global online store. The online retail giant has taken the drastic step in order to put an end to illegal streaming. The decision comes after the Premier League was granted a court order to block all illicit internet browsers that aid illegal football streaming. Before the court order, the league could only block individual streams. But that didn’t seem to help too much, since hosts could connect using a different link.

It looks like Amazon is taking significant steps in cracking down illegal streaming. Kodi is free, open-source and perfectly legal but some of the plug-ins the Kodi box offers are illegal. So far, Amazon had done little to stop the sale of such devices, although its policies always stated a strict no for pirate TV players. Amazon’s policy reads –

“It is your responsibility to source and sell products that do not promote, promise the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorised access to digital media or other protected content. If you sell these products, we may immediately suspend or terminate your selling privileges and destroy inventory in our fulfillment centers without reimbursement. In addition, if we determine that your account has been used to engage in fraud or other illegal activity, remittances and payments may be withheld or forfeited”

It remains to be seen how effective Amazon’s blanket ban on Kodi TV boxes will turn out to in combating illegal streaming.

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