The people at TV Addons released a new unofficial XBMC/Kodie app for Android users Tuesday to deliver streamed content from multiple websites into the palm of their hands or connected TV’s via Android. As of the writing of this story the app is already not available in the Play Store. The official word from TV Addons is that the Android app is down for updates, but I find that suspicious. The group sent out a release Tuesday morning touting the app. It would be a pretty inopportune time to yank it out of the Google Play Store.
Where is TVMC In Google Play Store
This should come as no surprise. Marketing the app as a legal version of Popcorn Time, which technically was legal, the developers promised users an XBMC experience that would allow them to watch content from sites like 1 Channel without suffering through popup adds and possible viruses.
If it seems too good to be true it probably is
People should never get too used to purchasing services that advertise access to unlicensed content from online media companies. As soon as they start getting major media attention the game is pretty much over. Popcorn Time, which has been called the Netflix of torrents gained attention from mainstream outlets including CNET, CNN and many others. Within two weeks of the increased attention the developers behind the service shut it down due to pressure from the powers that be. The app will no doubt turn up in another place. Likely the TV Addons website or a third party app store, but just like Showbox before it TVMC is probably done in the mainstream marketplace.
Why can’t Google support TVMC?
Google does not want to associate itself with applications that are legally murky. The service is legal partially because users are not actually downloading the content to their devices and distributing so they are not responsible for it. The app itself also does not house any content. It just packages it for distribution. The legal onus actually falls on those who run the servers that provide the content, which are often not based in the US. It should come as no surprise Google that Google keeps its distance from these types of services. Google is an advertising company with vested interest in keeping licensed content under the control of paying vendors. Its own Google Play movies and TV show business along with numerous content partners is built on the idea that people must pay to watch content. Expect this pattern the next time a similar service emerges.