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Should I get a VPN with kodi?

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Should I get a VPN with kodi?

Never used a VPN. But lately with all this stuff with kodi I'm starting to rethink. Maybe I should get a VPN. Or am I still safe to stream? I don't download or torrent. I just stream like I do with Netflix. What do you guys think?
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I don't think so? It seems to me that every lawsuit out there has been based on p2p technology, because it's super easy for anyone to hop on p2p (aka torrent) and get a list of all the ip addresses sharing. Download and Streaming are harder for copyright trolls because it's between you and what server is hosting the stream. The can't just hop on and find a list of everyone else accessing it.

They always go after the low hanging fruit (torrents/p2p) because it's super easy. I've rarely (if ever) heard of copyright trolls going after anything else.
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It is upto you to use a VPN with Kodi. You can still find entertainment content that is not pirated and view that on Kodi without any VPN.

But to access humongous amount of entertainment you probably will need a VPN as most of it is pirated content, geo blocked.
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The only issue could be add-ons that depend on p2p. For example, at one time, popcorn time was based on p2p. I don't really know if it is now.
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Yes if you want to view pirated content you might want to use a VPN but then again there are lot of other resources but that is only limited. Pirated content is itself a whole galaxy of entertainment.
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But I'm using beenu and convent on the Colossus repo. Don't think that p2p but does have alot of new Pirated stuff. Anyone else have a say?
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Can't comment on a VPN for Kodi user but will comment on VPNs in general. You have to be careful even with a VPN, they may use you to make a profit but tracking you as is the case with most free VPNs aka hotspot shield.

With the way things are you just don't know who to trust, I'd stick to a Canadian based VPN or if you find can find a reputable US based one.
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Don't bother with a VPN, it'll throttle your bandwidth and if you don't download p2p or torrents, it's all good. Most legal issues revolve around 'loaded' boxes that stream illegal stuff; they're going after the box sellers/distributors, not the individual user. In the case of illegal streams, they go after the source, not the user at this point.
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PatK621 wrote: Don't bother with a VPN, it'll throttle your bandwidth and if you don't download p2p or torrents, it's all good. Most legal issues revolve around 'loaded' boxes that stream illegal stuff; they're going after the box sellers/distributors, not the individual user. In the case of illegal streams, they go after the source, not the user at this point.
I am not sure what you meant by throttle bandwidth. If you meant speed, I agree there will be a slow down, but throttle, I don't think so

PIA off
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PIA on - connected to US East
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I am on WIRELESS by the way
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As stated above a vpn is only as good as the company behind it. Encrypting end to end traffic is entirely pointless if the company drops its pants and gives away your personal details at the first opportunity.
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konsensei wrote: I am not sure what you meant by throttle bandwidth. If you meant speed, I agree there will be a slow down, but throttle, I don't think so

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PIA on - connected to US East
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I am on WIRELESS by the way
Those are phenomenal vpn speeds. Are you 100% certain you're 100% stealth and not "leaking" in any way? It would be interesting to see results from Speedtest.net. The share link has your ip address and other personal information removed. Typically, with a VPN one expect "great" speeds when you can get 60% of your maximum ISP speeds. PIA doesn't have a great reputation of stable and great VPN speeds btw.
ichpen wrote: As stated above a vpn is only as good as the company behind it. Encrypting end to end traffic is entirely pointless if the company drops its pants and gives away your personal details at the first opportunity.
Correct. One needs a verified logless VPN provider, preferably outside of the "14 eyes" countries.
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These are some of the fully loaded kodi boxes and could get along easily with a VPN
  • Roku Ultra 4k
  • Ebox T8 V
  • Google Chromecast Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi
A lot of are available at https://www.kodivpn.co/best-kodi-boxes/
And you might need to make sure you use a paid VPN as free VPNs would be a pain!
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Pavel wrote: Those are phenomenal vpn speeds. Are you 100% certain you're 100% stealth and not "leaking" in any way? It would be interesting to see results from Speedtest.net. The share link has your ip address and other personal information removed. Typically, with a VPN one expect "great" speeds when you can get 60% of your maximum ISP speeds. PIA doesn't have a great reputation of stable and great VPN speeds btw.
I use PIA as well with Bell Fibe 50up/10down, and I don't notice my connection being slower on the computer I have PIA running on. There is a tiny bit of reduction, but when you start wit ha 50mbps connection, you don't even notice it. And it's worth the free reign it gives you :). The service has also gotten better since I started using it in January 2016. I would enable to kill switch so that my computer would disconnect if PIA stopped working, and now and then it would randomly stop working, but it hasn't done that in over a year now. I can set it and forget it.
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No point in using a VPN for Kodi... You're just streaming which isn't illegal in Canada. Waste of money. You only need it if you're actively uploading copyrighted content (e.g., torrenting).
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Typhoonz wrote: No point in using a VPN for Kodi... You're just streaming which isn't illegal in Canada. Waste of money. You only need it if you're actively uploading copyrighted content (e.g., torrenting).
Eventually, this will likely change. But you're right. For now, a VPN is not necessary unless you want to watch UK sports or other UK media.
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Lately, all I see is Kodi news surrounding me. Ares repo, Colossus, and now Super Repo. All gone. This is how aggressive the UK authorities have become against piracy and copyright. It had also got me to re-think to get myself a VPN so I decided to use a VPN and after that, it works fine for me but you don't need a VPN for all add-ons there are some restricted add-ons which are geo-restricted. here is the list of add-ons which you can use without a VPN.
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