I am a movie junkie, and have subscriptions to Netflix, Amazaon Prime, Hulu Plus, and I pay for full freight cable bundle. I recently discovered this awesome program called XBMC that has been renamed KODI. It is what Windows Media Center should have been, but never got there. It’s probably best it didn’t. I’ll tell you why. read on. While discovering XBMC Kodi, I realized there numerous addons you can install to it that allow you to get access to any movie or TV program for free. I thought surely this will not work on Windows, but alas it does, PROVIDED, that you do not try to get it to run on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. I went to the KODI web site http://kodi.tv, and downloaded a Windows KODI installation that will install on Windows 8 through Windows 10. but blocks two of the addons that give you access to Movies and TV Programs for free; PrimeWire 1Channel, and Stream All sources. Now I think I have paid enough for these services, and if this is what you can expect from Microsoft going forward, they can keep their FREE Operating system (Windows10). The KODI install program for Linux installed, and worked flawlessly on Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.2, their latest as of this writing. Installing KODI on Windows 7 works well with the addons mentioned, at least so far. This may change soon since Microsoft can push new software updates that will block this functionality. The only workaround to this problem for now is to have a virtual machine software like VMWare player, or Oracle Virtual Box installed on your Windows 8/8.1 PC, then install and run Windows 7, LinuxMint, or Ubuntu in the virtual machines that will let you run the scripts for PrimeWire, StreamAllSources, and NAVI X. See my blog post on virtualization here.
Microsofts behavior in this matter is not surprising. As it stands right now, you can’t watch any of the paid services in the Linux plateform without going through reconfiguration of Linux to support things like Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Flixter, or Amazon. It won’t be too long before somebody come up with a hack the will give the people what they want. Until then, I guess I’ll just have to use KODI in Linux, and Netflix in Windows. Ce la vie!