As I have been noticing a lot of add ons are going down. Zeus and now Robinhood, and who knows what else will go down soon for good. Some turning into paid services others just don’t want to deal with the trouble of the law or other issues. The developers do put in tons of hours and hard work to keep us happy with the free goods. But we never seem to be content. We complain this is down, we can’t download now, streams are not there etc. In the end we have to think this is a free service that has become extremely popular. I remember starting to mess around with Direct TV before it was fun but I knew that it wouldn’t last. FTA was introduced and that was short lived also due to people becoming greedy and selling “working codes” etc. I then started to mess around with XBMC when it was on the orignal Xbox. Navi-X was the cool thing at the moment. We were a select few who knew how to install it and get our content and stream with our “fast” DSL blazing speeds at the time.
I ventured out tried different options such as the short lived Boxee Box. It had great potential but it wasn’t quite there yet. Sure you could get Navi X on it and watch stuff but felt so meh. Developers tried to get it going but it just wasn’t the cord cutter.
Now we have Kodi which has been out for a while. A cool application to stream your media. But now that we have all these 3rd party add ons things changed drastically. You see people on Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, and even setting up shop at local events selling their “exclusive cord cutting boxes.” They claim its their builds, mods, etc. Most won’t even donate to the actual developers of the 3rd party add ons. As a community we are suppose to help each other and solve issues within Kodi. Share builds and give credit where its due. But we’re too busy trying to profit off something that is free. So as add ons seem to be going down, will Kodi be next? It has become very commercially popular and everyone including big brother is watching. Maybe we need to come up with a way to give back to the community more and especially the developers. That way things can stay on track, less complaints, and a more fluid Kodi eco system. Let’s keep it that way and keep the big companies from winning by continuing to work together to makes this better and not worse. Goal of all this was to “cut the cord.” If the solution was to pay a yearly fee of say $19.99 I would be up for it to keep Kodi going smoothly, developers would get their share, everyone wins =).