Some of the biggest third-party Kodi streaming add-ons are no longer available. TorrentFreak reports that ZemTV and Phoenix have recently closed following a lawsuit from US satellite broadcaster Dish Network, with other streaming add-ons the following suit. The add-ons, which offer on-demand and live streamed content free of charge, are accused of direct copyright infringement of various TV channels.
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In a statement on the TVAddons forum, Phoenix developer Cosmix confirmed the closure, but didn’t elaborate on the exact reason why: “In light of current events we have decided to close down Phoenix,” he said. “This is not something that was easy for us to do; we have all formed a bond that cannot be broken as a team and have a HUGE support base that we are thankful of.”
It’s thought that while the Dish lawsuit is currently focused on other streaming add-ons, developers like Cosmix are distancing themselves (full list below) from any potential legal action due to the costs involved. Many Kodi developers consider themselves hobbyists and administer add-ons in their free time for no financial reward.
As copyright infringement damages can run into the hundreds of thousands (the Dish Network suit demands $150,000 per infringement), developers could be hit hard. ZemTV was removed from the TVAddons library as soon as it was named in the lawsuit and One242415 — the developer behind Navi-X, Phoenix, and his own add-on — also announced that his creations will cease working in the coming days.
ZemTV rose to prominence as a reliable source of live TV streams from around the world. Phoenix, on the other hand, offered access to TV shows, movies and live sport, which led it to become one of the banner add-ons advertised by retailers selling “fully-loaded” Kodi boxes. In April, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled that sales of streaming boxes that come pre-loaded with piracy add-ons constitute copyright infringement, which could lead to a European crackdown on such hardware.
Kodi — the company behind the popular media center — often finds itself entangled in legal action, even though it actively discourages the promotion of piracy add-ons on its platform. It provides the open source software but doesn’t dictate which add-ons are allowed on the platform.
Instead, it asks that developers of so-called piracy add-ons don’t affiliate themselves with Kodi. The team dreams of having legitimate services like Amazon and Netflix offer their own apps, but that’s a tough ask when it’s constantly having to deal with the negativity around illegal streaming add-ons on its platform.
Updated June 6, 2017, 8:13pm EST
Summary list of what i know so far (some could change and ill edit and add to it throughout the day). Thanks to @Jean Mowberry from the Build Community for this info. Please comment on this post with any updates.
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DOJO Streams (Closing)
Zem (closed live tv) (VOD available)
Silent hunter (content moved to streamarmy)
BOB (issues with NAN site it’s not closed)
Zen (issues with NAN site it’s not closed)
Just for him (closed)
Les be friends (closed)
Skynet ( being phased out)
Evolve (live tv and sport gone. Rest working)
SRTVHUB (being taken over)
UK Turks (Live Streams Taken Down)
Vortex – From Rockcrusher on Twitter – @DreamWeaver0101 and myself are very saddened to announce that Vortex is now offline and will not be returning. Thanks for your support