The “Fully Loaded” Kodi Ecosystem
A Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight
Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an open source media player that allows users to view local and remote videos on PCs, set-top boxes, smartphones, and tablets. Recently, the Kodi name has become increasingly associated with unlicensed streaming thanks to the availability of “fully-loaded” Kodi set-top boxes. These set-top boxes are sold online and in retail stores with versions of Kodi that contain unofficial “Add-ons” and modifications designed to drastically lower the technical know-how required to access unlicensed live and on-demand video content.
Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight: The “Fully Loaded” Kodi Ecosystem contains some revelatory facts, the highlights of which include:
- 8.8% of North American households have at least one device in their household with an active Kodi installation
- 68.6% of households with Kodi devices also have unofficial Add-ons configured to access unlicensed content
- Approximately 6% of all households in North America, currently have a Kodi device configured to access unlicensed files and streams