KODI (software)

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KODI is a free open source media player for Windows, Linux, Android and iOS that is fast becoming the most popular application to Cut the cord from expensive cable TV subscriptions. Founded in 2003 as XBMC, which stood for Xbox Media Center, "It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet." More than 450 software developers have contributed to KODI to date and it is available in 65 languages.

The installed application contains zero media. Users must download third-party add-ons that enables streaming TV channels or movies. You can also download from your personal DVD or CD-ROM collection to KODI. A majority of the content available online is free. A few major industry players have invested heavily in this type of distribution and many pay-to-subscribe cable channels exist. In addition, illegal or pirated content is easily accessible and may have been the deciding factor for Amazon removing the KODI application downloads from its app store.

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