Farewell Navi-X: Marking the End of an Era for Kodi Addons (2007-2017)

Farewell Navi-X: Marking the End of an Era for Kodi Addons (2007-2017)

Every good thing must come to an end. After ten years of successful operation, Navi-X has sadly being discontinued. Navi-X was first released in April 2007, and is the oldest Kodi addon of its kind. There are a few reasons why we made the decision to close Navi-X, and hope that the hundreds of thousands of people who still used Navi-X daily will understand why it was best to discontinue Navi-X while it was still on top.

The main reason why the decision was made to discontinue the Navi-X service is the current legal climate surrounding Kodi. In case you aren’t aware, the abundance of preloaded Kodi box sellers has resulted in a lot of heat on Kodi in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. It’s unfortunate, because the people who are bringing the heat have nothing to do with the Kodi community anyway, they’re just leeches trying to profit from the hard work of Kodi developers. Nevertheless, hosting Navi-X playlists is no longer something we feel comfortable doing due to the potential liability that comes with it.

Furthermore, Navi-X had slowly become overrun with people trying to make a quick buck. Many were using it as an easy way to advertise their paid IPTV services to our users, which is something we’ve always been strongly against. We also had found that a lot of adult content was improperly labelled, which is a pretty big problem in itself for anyone with a family. We tried to moderate the database, but there was just too much content, no one had the time to watch thousands of videos to remove ads and distasteful content.

On a high note, Navi-X was not shut down by anyone, the decision to close it was voluntary. At this point, we’d like to thank those who worked so hard on developing Navi-X, starting with rodejo16 and turner3d, and in more recent times Blazetamer and crzen. We’d also like to recognize all the dedicated playlisters, who we invite to get in touch with us if they are interested in releasing their own addons sometime in the near future. Last but not least, thank you to all the users for your continuous support of our community!

While preparing this statement, we came across an interesting article from the old Navi-X wiki. Some of you might enjoy learning more about the history of the Navi-X Kodi addon:

Navi-X was originally developed by Rodejo, a script writer of python code from the Netherlands. Navi-X was originally created for XBMC for the Xbox on April 1st, 2007. Navi-X originally only played back media items of video and audio content and was eventually expanded to included many other media types like text, rss, live streams and podcasts. There are currently a total of 1 developers, 1 technical support lead and project coordinator, and a handful of people who contribute their priceless time to the project with various endeavors.

Believe it or not, there used to be a time where Navi-X didn’t even have tv shows, movies, music or many websites now available in it today. When Navi-X started, there was pretty much only assorted public domain content available via podcasts and direct links only.

Before Navi-Xtreme, there was a system called Navi-Xtra, which was basically a webpage with an editable text file you could add a link to your own privately hosted playlist to. Problem is, you could also re-arrange the playlist anyway you saw fit, including putting your links at the top of the list over everyone elses… there were no scrapers or processors or complete lists of any series. Since then, Navi-Xtreme has not only created a central place for Navi-X users to congregate and communicate, but host their own playlists in an online directory that’s controlled and organized.

The app Navi-X in an open-source project and as such, you may freely distribute, copy, share and edit code in Navi-X as you see fit. We only ask if you use any portions of the code included in Navi-X, to attribute it to the appropriate developer or to Rodejo if you use code samples from Navi-X for XBMC or Boxee.

Because Navi-X is an open-source project, team members and contributors may come and go freely from time to time. Navi-X does not ensure services will always be available, but we will make our best effort to retain all current services as well as team members and contributors to the best extent that we can, as well as keeping Navi-X 100% free forever.

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