Nvidia Rectifies Mistake After ‘Supporting’ Pirated Content On Kodi For Nvidia SHIELD
In late November, Nvidia published an article which was somewhat of a tutorial for their Nvidia SHIELD and its newly added functionality of Kodi. While the article itself was to help users in enjoying TV shows, movies and sports, the way it approached the whole scenario by recommending user-created add-ons promoted piracy. They have since rectified the situation by unpublishing the article.
Kodi, also known as XBMC, is one of the world’s most popular sofware for viewing free content online, although to actually watch stuff for free, users have to install 3rd party add-ons. While Kodi does have a great add-on support, the XBMC Foundation who are the owners of Kodi have been hurt a lot by piracy which is basically what most of these add-ons do.
Nvidia recommended users to enjoy Kodi content by installing user-created add-ons and then referred them to a site, TVaddons, which houses a huge range of pirated addons for Kodi, allowing users to view content for free which is illegal. Nvidia then proceeded to offer instructions on how to install Fusion, a package containing addons which allow the viewing of anything from user-uploaded content to the latest movies.
While their intention may not have been to promote illegal content and hurt XBMC Foundation, the situation was definitely worsened by the fact that Nvidia is an official sponsor of Kodi and apparently seemed to be promoting piracy.
However, Nvidia quickly realized their mistake, took the article down and contacted the Kodi team in order to create a new article to better guide the users to access legit online content on SHIELD.