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    Team TV ADDONS Staff Eleazar Coding's Avatar
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    Exclamation Debunking the Coexistence of Kodi and Unofficial Addons

    It seems that there has been some confusion in the air as to the distinct separation between Team Kodi or the XBMC Foundation (not us), which develops the media player software itself, and our web site (this one), which principally provides unofficial third party add-ons compatible with the former. Basically, they develop the base software, and we provide a safe place for the development of unofficial add-ons that are more online streaming-centric in nature.

    Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is a media player software developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit consortium of open source software developers. It has been in development since 2002, when it originated on the scene as the Xbox Media Player, and is primarily used for the organizing and playing of video and audio media files from local and network storage media.

    It permits for the use of add-ons or plug-ins which can be used for a variety of purposes including subtitles, weather forecast reporting, and interfacing with online content. Kodi comes with their official add-on repository preinstalled; however due to the open source nature of the Kodi project, anyone can come along and create their own third party add-ons, without any approval from the XBMC Foundation being necessary.

    Several years ago, the XBMC Foundation took some precautions in order to limit liability, and banned certain add-ons from being discussed or distributed at their web site. It was at that point in time that the foundation was laid for the creation of an unofficial community site for third party XBMC add-on developers called XBMC HUB, which eventually became TV ADDONS, the name we are known by today.

    It is very important that the difference between us and them be recognized in order to ensure the longevity of the Kodi project. As an American non-profit foundation, Team Kodi must limit their liability, especially when it comes to questionable-type content. It has also been made very clear that the official developers do not want their application name to be associated with sketchy activity.

    We've taken a lot of precautions in order to preserve the privacy and anonymity of developers and users at our web site; part of which involves the fact that our operations are based entirely offshore. It is our goal to provide a welcoming atmosphere for users and developers alike, with very few development restrictions.

    So next time you watch the latest episode of your favourite television series on IceFilms, 1Channel or SolarMovie; remember that the software you are running on your device comes from the Kodi camp, whereas the add-on you are using within Kodi, is unofficial and not in any way, shape, or form condoned by Team Kodi or the XBMC Foundaton.

    In the future, please do your best to ensure that our work is not confused with the work of Team Kodi or the official XBMC Foundation; out of respect for the developers and in order to ensure the longevity of the project we have all grown to love so much, as the official Kodi developers cannot risk their project being mistakenly perceived as a tool for illegitimate means.

    Kodi is a registered trademark of the XBMC Foundation. We are not connected to or in any other way affiliated with Kodi, Team Kodi, or the XBMC Foundation. Furthermore, any software, addons, or products offered by us will receive no support in official Kodi channels, including the Kodi forums and various social networks.


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    Well said. Nothing worse than seeing a new user asking questions about unofficial addons at the ORG...People just dont read...

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    Very we'll put in clear and concise English, Eleazar.
    Thank you for informing us and especially for those users that do not know the difference.

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    Very good write up, Elazer.
    Last edited by rw86; 01-26-2015 at 03:59 PM.

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    Ray do you know what amount of fines people paid when they we're prosecuted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crackerjack1 View Post
    Ray do you know what amount of fines people paid when they we're prosecuted.
    No idea, I removed the comment as I failed to find anything to back up my claim on Google.

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    This comment was as clear as mud sorry did not get its message

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfj436 View Post
    This comment was as clear as mud sorry did not get its message
    The initial post?!? Seriously? You don't understand it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfj436 View Post
    This comment was as clear as mud sorry did not get its message
    I thought the post was very clear, but allow me to break it down for you.

    Kodi is software, made by Team Kodi from the XBMC Foundation. TVADDONS are a third party community that make plugins for said software. Third party plugins like these are not supported by the XBMC Foundation, who want nothing to do with them (for legal reasons). Team Kodi and TVADDONS are two separate entities, and should be treated as such.

    In short, if you have a plugin from here, don't go to the Kodi forums for help, as they will not help you. On the other hand, if you have a suggestion for the software itself, or an issue that is software related, then it'd probably help to go there and talk to the software devs.

    In my opinion it doesn't help that box sellers package their set ups with addons from here and give their customers little to no information on the differences between the software and the plugins, which leads to much of the confusion. A new user who has just bought a box assumes the whole thing is Kodi, plugins included, and they end up at the Kodi forums, which does nothing for the relationship between "them and us" and only leads to more frustrations on Team Kodi's side, who assume the good folk here are intentionally misleading people.
    Last edited by rw86; 01-31-2015 at 06:45 AM.

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