Are Paid Add-Ons for Kodi a Scam?
If you’re looking for an easy way to get unlimited content or your favorite TV without buying a dish or using an antenna, online subscriptions may seem like the perfect solution. After all, for just $20-$50 per month, many offer significantly more TV shows and media than cable, all easily available through programs like Kodi.
But, before you invest, you most likely want to do some research to determine if they’re really worth it.
Unfortunately, there’s no clear-cut answer, some add-ons are good, some are bad, and some are illegal.
Are Kodi Apps Legal?
Streaming media on Kodi is a great way to move the Internet or your entire digital media collection from your computer to your living room (or bedroom) TV. Unfortunately, with increasing scrutiny from governments in nearly every country, many streaming apps are shutting down. As a user, it’s probably not hard to guess that apps offering movies and TV, especially recent media, are probably illegal. While there are a lot of exceptions like add-ons published by media producers or those offering free content, like PBS and HGTV, anything that offers premium content is likely illegal.
You should steer clear if you want to follow the law and avoid possible legal repercussions. But, what about paid apps?
The answer is often very similar. While paid apps ‘can’ be legal, there are only two legitimate add-ons for Kodi that are 100% legitimate, and 2 more where it is not entirely clear if they license the media they are streaming or not. So, in almost every case, a premium add-on on Kodi that isn’t from the distributor of that media is likely to be a scam, or at least illegal.
For example, if an add-on offers all sports channels, unlimited entertainment, or unlimited PPV, you have to be suspicious. Each of these things cost money, and many of them are licensed to very specific companies, which have exclusive rights. If they are distributed outside of those channels, it’s actually breaking the law.
The result is often that you end up paying to illegally stream, meaning that the people hosting the site have your address and payment details.
You can naturally reach the conclusion that there are risks attached, even if the company is legitimate enough to deliver on their promises of unlimited media.
You’re Not Getting What You Pay For
Chances are that if you purchase a premium subscription like Netflix, Hulu, etc, you’l be able to set it up quickly and easily. You’ll also be able to use and navigate it just as easily. When you pay for an iPTV add-on for Kodi, you aren’t getting that. Instead, you’re getting a system that requires a 5-20 step installation process, typically with poor navigation, videos from multiple sources, slower load times, and likely infrequent tagging.
You’re Breaking the Law
You probably know that illegally streaming is illegal. In most cases, you also probably know that you’d likely be protected by the comfortable blanket of Internet anonymity. But, that changes when you pay for a service. Paying for something means using your real credentials, debit or credit card, PayPal address, etc. If they are caught and taken to court, they will likely be forced to hand over your credentials, which means that you could be liable as well. For example, in 2015 Popcorn Time users were sued, and some were forced to pay fines of up to $150,000. Kodi iPTV add-ons offering unlimited television are scams because they often fail to inform you that you could be breaking the law and that you could be liable for extensive damages on top of your monthly payment to the subscriber.
You’re Not Protected by the Law
Possibly the most pertinent point you should consider when deciding whether to invest in an illegal streaming add-on is that they’re already breaking the law. There’s nothing stopping or even deterring them from taking your money, running up as many charges on your card as they can, and disappearing. Or, they might give you literal junk for your money. Because they’re breaking the law, and you’re breaking the law by using the app, there’s nothing you could do about it. Even your credit card company likely won’t help. Based on the Clean Hands Doctrine, if you knowingly break the law, you aren’t entitled to remedial actions.
It Probably isn’t HD
While most iPTV add-ons promise HD tv, they usually lie. If you want to be sure, you could purchase a single month’s subscription. However, providing HD TV across the globe requires a significant investment in dedicated servers situated as close as possible to the viewer as possible. Illegal streaming sites often have bases in countries with lax piracy laws such as Eastern Europe. Even if they offer stellar quality, you will likely not be able to stream in HD.
So, in short, while unlimited streaming or subscription add-ons can seem tempting, they are likely scams. One very quick check you can do is to search for your application on Wikipedia. If it isn’t there yet, or on any major news resources (like CNN or the BBC), it’s very possibly illegal at best and a scam at worst.
Good luck finding Kodi add-ons to stream legally.