Kodi releases major update but it won’t fix one annoying glitch

Kodi releases major update but it won't fix one annoying glitch

Kodi users are starting to receive a huge update to the popular TV player designed to improve the streaming software. The upgrade was announced on the Kodi website, with the team behind the software confirming this new upgrade is all about stability and usability.

The update is to Kodi version 18, known as Leia. The latest release, version 18.5, release features numerous fixes and improvements including multiple iOS platforms, including iPhone 11 and seventh-generation iPad.

You can find all that's new in Kodi's latest release here.

However, although this update looks set to make Kodi better, there is one troublesome glitch it won't fix. Earlier this week, Kodi posted a message on ___ after numerous complaints that some add-ons aren't working.

In the post Kodi said: “Everyone asking why their addons don’t work: TVDB are updating their site. Their site currently has a number of bugs that have broken the TVDB scraper and any add-on that relies on TVDB data. TVDB are working to rectify the problems. We can’t help you w/ any 3rd party add-on.”

For those who may not be aware, TVDB.com is a TV Scraper. It's essentially a massive crowd-sourced database that contains full meta data for hundreds of popular TV shows and movies in different languages.

Venting on ___, it's clear that a number of frustrated Kodi users were hoping the latest update would solve the compatibility issues with TVBD. However, the team behind the endlessly-customisable player software are adamant that any issues with TVDB and Kodi are not the result of changes they've made…and therefore cannot be fixed by their latest update.

In another post on social media, Kodi confirmed: “And if you’re having trouble with thetvdb still, this will not fix it, unfortunately it has nothing to do with us nor is it something we can do anything about”

Kodi is often quick to make it clear that it has nothing to do with many of the add-ons that are available for the platform and in recent months has actually distanced itself from some. Kodi is totally legal, but it can be adapted, via third-party applications – known as add-ons – to stream paid-for content without paying, which is illegal.

The Kodi team says that it has been designed to be extendable, with add-ons available through third party repositories as well as from the official sources. Once the third party capability is enabled (it's disabled as default) users can install anything they like including services which offer access to illegal content.

“As the name suggests, these third party addons and repos are neither produced by, supported by nor endorsed by Team Kodi,” a post on its website states.

“So is Kodi legal? As we supply it, the answer is yes. But as the old saying goes, ‘it's not what you have, it's how you use it', and in this case also where you got it from.

“If it has been sourced from elsewhere, or if something has been added or modified since it was obtained, then all guarantees are null and void. We won't tell you what to do, not to do or how to use our software. We guarantee the reference Kodi we supply, anything beyond that is up to you.”

Written by David Minister

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