Kodi crisis as a popular add-on has been closed down by its owners
Kodi's popularity shows no signs of stopping with a recent survey suggesting over five million boxes that play content are already in UK homes.
The YouGov poll also revealed that this number is set to grow at an alarming rate.
In fact, the survey suggests the problem is getting so big it could pose a serious threat to subscription TV brands such as Amazon, Netflix and Sky.
This rapid rise in users has put Kodi firmly in the spotlight as, although the Kodi software itself is not illegal, it can be adapted and changed with third-party add-ons providing access to pirated and illegal content.
It’s these add-ons which are now being targeted with many of the UK’s ISPs, government agencies, broadcasters and rights holders joining forces to disrupt the streams being pushed out across the internet.
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With so many people now using Kodi, and the authorities keeping a close eye on its growth, one of the biggest add-ons available has decided to close its doors after 10 years in service.
Navi-X was first set up in 2007 but the team behind the software say they simply can't continue to provide content.
Speaking about why it closed, the Navi-X team said: "Every good thing must come to an end.
"After ten years of successful operation, Navi-X has sadly being discontinued. Navi-X was first released in April 2007, and is the oldest Kodi addon of its kind.
"The main reason why the decision was made to discontinue the Navi-X service is the current legal climate surrounding Kodi.
"In case you aren’t aware, the abundance of preloaded Kodi box sellers has resulted in a lot of heat on Kodi in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
"It’s unfortunate, because the people who are bringing the heat have nothing to do with the Kodi community anyway, they’re just leeches trying to profit from the hard work of Kodi developers.
"Nevertheless, hosting Navi-X playlists is no longer something we feel comfortable doing due to the potential liability that comes with it.
Along with the legal issues, the Navi-X team say the their software has become "overrun" with illeagl adverts and hidden adult content.
"Navi-X had slowly become overrun with people trying to make a quick buck." Continues the post.
"Many were using it as an easy way to advertise their paid IPTV services to our users, which is something we’ve always been strongly against.
"We also had found that a lot of adult content was improperly labelled, which is a pretty big problem in itself for anyone with a family.
"We tried to moderate the database, but there was just too much content, no one had the time to watch thousands of videos to remove ads and distasteful content."
Navi-X has made it clear that it was not shut down and the decision to close it was voluntary.
Kodi has just added a range of new features
Despite its troubles Kodi has just announced a new version of the popular software is now available to download.
Codenamed Leia, this latest developer build brings a host of improvements to the online video player including voice search and better integration with Android TV.
Announcing the news on their blog, Kodi’s Martijn Kaijser, said: “At times you do wonder what else could still be added to Kodi as it has been made quite feature complete over the past years.
“Well I can assure you this and several other upcoming features will make your Kodi experience from the couch even more awesome than it already was.”