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TVMC for Kodi makes video piracy uncomfortably easy

Jared Newman | May 29, 2015
Though rarely acknowledged, one of the realities of cutting the pay-TV cord is that piracy can easily fill content gaps. Can't find your favorite show or that movie you've been wanting to see on a legitimate service such as Netflix, HBO Now, or Hulu? There's probably a bootleg stream somewhere, or a torrent you can latch onto.

TVMC also claims that its system is legally safer than peer-to-peer streaming sites such as Popcorn Time. Copyright-enforcement groups are known to monitor peer-to-peer activity, occasionally sending legal threats and extracting settlements from offenders. That's not likely to be an issue if you're streaming directly from a website instead of helping seed a network of illicit content.

Still for (unscrupulous) geeks

If there's any consolation for the movie and TV industry here, it's that TVMC still isn't as user-friendly as modern streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now. From the start, it's not clear what each add-on accomplishes, so you'll spend a lot of time bouncing around and feeling things out.

Even after you get a handle on the software, finding what you want can involve wading through level after level of menus, some of which can take a long time to populate if servers are responding slowly. It's sort of joyless in its utilitarianism, with none of the rich artwork or smart suggestions that legal services provide.

That's assuming you can access the software at all. At present, TVMC is available only for the Windows, Mac, and Android operating systems. That limits its living-room appeal to folks with home-theater PC setups. The average Roku or Apple TV user might never know of TVMC's existence. If you believe piracy is best kept as quiet as possible — even when it's incredibly easy — maybe that's for the best.


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