Just over a month after Amazon unfairly removed the official Kodi app from the Amazon Appstore for the false reputation of “fascilitating piracy”, today one of the unofficial Kodi clones has been approved for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick appstore. To make matters worse, this Kodi clone, which Amazon is negligently promoting by approving it to the realtively small Fire TV appstore, is ripping off users by charging $2.99 for what appears to be just the free Kodi app.
I haven’t tried the app because I refuse to support paid Kodi clones, but from the screenshots and description it appears to be the stock Kodi app, with no extra value added over the free version of Kodi. The clone appears to have a functioning addon manager, which is essentially the reason Kodi was removed by Amazon. Many piracy services have created unofficial addons which turn Kodi into a means to view pirated content. The Kodi team does not condone or support these piracy addons, and have been actively taking down listings that promote Kodi as a way to view pirated content.
There have always been several Kodi clones in the Amazon appstore for Android. While it’s nonsensical for them to be allowed to remain in the appstore while the official Kodi app was removed, it’s down right absurd for one of them to be approved for the Fire TV appstore when even the official Kodi app was never allowed the privilege. It’s unlikely this Kodi clone will last very long as an approved Fire TV app, but the fact it was even approved in the first place shows some sloppy inconsistency with Amazon’s app approval process. #freeKodi
8/4 8:30 am PT: The app just increased its price from $2.99 to $3.99
8/4 10:25 am PT: The app has now been completely removed from the Amazon appstore.