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Canadian ISP is Blocking Kodi

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Canadian ISP is Blocking Kodi

Recently, I noticed that a few Kodi add-ons no longer work. However, these add-ons work when I am connected to my VPN, so I fired an email to my ISP this morning and received a confirmation this afternoon that they had begun blocking Kodi.

Just want to give everyone a heads up that if you're a CIK Telecom customer, either choose a different provider or purchase a VPN to circumvent ISP censorship.
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Jun 20, 2017
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Same as Carrytel. So I just left and moved to Bell.
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How would they "block Kodi"? It's a local media player that doesn't even need an internet connection to play local content. Even Kodi add-ons would have to be blocked individually - they're all different, communicating with different web urls. Maybe they're blocking a specific add-on that you're using? But Kodi add-ons stop working on their own quite frequently due to haphazard support, and apparently a bunch recently stopped working because a lawsuit knocked tvaddons.ag off the air, and they were a major maintainer of Kodi add-ons.
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Faith24 wrote:
Jul 11th, 2017 5:19 pm
How would they "block Kodi"? It's a local media player that doesn't even need an internet connection to play local content. Even Kodi add-ons would have to be blocked individually - they're all different, communicating with different web urls. Maybe they're blocking a specific add-on that you're using? But Kodi add-ons stop working on their own quite frequently due to haphazard support, and apparently a bunch recently stopped working because a lawsuit knocked tvaddons.ag off the air, and they were a major maintainer of Kodi add-ons.
I was speaking specifically of Kodi add-ons. CIK Tel are blocking a bunch of online video hosting sites. Yes I am aware of tvaddons, but I wasn't referring to that in my OP.
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Video hosting sites would be different again from Kodi add-ons. That would affect other apps besides Kodi add-ons that access the same video hosting sites.
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yoloto wrote:
Jul 11th, 2017 5:13 pm
Same as Carrytel. So I just left and moved to Bell.
Had Bell for a bit, they do block IPTV providers but not sure about Kodi bit. I confirmed this not by using VPN, but rather by using phone as a hotspot and all worked flawlessly. When switched back to cable ISP issue was resolved.

Their tech support was useless and kept saying they block nothing but I had proof of that so left them and didn't look back.
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They are not blocking "Kodi" they are blocking your illegal streaming services...
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Which companies block Kodi? Carrytel and who else?
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They are blocking it most likely because it's using too much of their bandwidth.
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You can't block Kodi. Kodi is simply a program that runs addons to dozens of streaming servers.
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sexyj wrote:
Jul 12th, 2017 10:46 am
They are blocking it most likely because it's using too much of their bandwidth.
I have unlimited data. If they can't honour that then don't advertise that they offer it.
tdott wrote:
Jul 12th, 2017 10:25 am
They are not blocking "Kodi" they are blocking your illegal streaming services...
Streaming isn't illegal in Canada. Downloading copyrighted material is.

Do people just read the title and reply? I specifically said in the OP that they are blocking KODI ADD-ONS.
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Well, it was only a matter of time before the little guys caved. Just like how they "forwarded" copyright infringement notices, ISP's are getting pressured by big TV companies to crack down on just about anything that threatens their products/services. They aren't cracking down on Kodi or their addons. They are blocking the hosts that are known to store copyrighted files. The reason the addons can't find any "streams" is because the servers where the files are hosted are either taken down or relocated. The addons themselves work just fine, the streams don't.

In any case, everyone knows that 90% of the addons available on Kodi infringe on copyrights in one form or another. Any person who has done any due diligence in researching the privacy and security implications associated with third-party addons through Kodi will know better and actually run VPN when streaming. So really, the only people who are actually being affected by this "block" are the "sheep" who jumped on the "free TV" bandwagon and had 0 intention or care in the world to actually protect themselves via subscribing to VPN. Obviously, getting something for free with no strings attached is amazing, who doesn't want that right? But good things don't last forever, just like what is happening here. Be thankful you got a "free" ride... Unfortunately you're going to have to pay a small fee to a VPN to keep enjoying.
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Use a VPN when streaming or else your isp will be hammered down by copyright organizations. We are protected from Canadian laws, but doesn't mean it makes your isp happy to let it continue
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That's how the game work. No such thing as unlimited data on their end to their pipes. It's all a number game to them.
AsianXL wrote:
Jul 12th, 2017 11:27 am
I have unlimited data. If they can't honour that then don't advertise that they offer it.
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AsianXL wrote:
Jul 12th, 2017 11:27 am
Do people just read the title and reply? I specifically said in the OP that they are blocking KODI ADD-ONS.
This topic is certainly of interest to anyone using or thinking of using any of the affected ISPs, but it would help to be sure what we're talking about. You could change the thread title if it's not accurate. But you did say that you meant video hosting sites rather than Kodi add-ons. Since you haven't given any examples, we're not sure what you mean.

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