A streaming service called Mobdro is being hailed as the new Kodi, which is the subject of ongoing issues surrounding its legality.
While Kodi has gone mainstream, Mobdro has remained relatively unknown to many, despite being around for several years.
However, that could be about to change as users look to the make the switch from Kodi and its illicit third party add ons to other streaming services.
But is it actually legal?
While it can be used to access copyrighted content, it doesn’t operate in the same way as Kodi and isn’t like for like service.
The Kodi software, which is completely legal, offers a way for users to manage a multimedia library of videos, music and podcasts.
However, according to the volunteers behind Kodi, the service has been hijacked by pirates who profit from the streaming of copyrighted movies, TV shows and sporting events.
Because of this Kodi has found itself at the centre of a global crackdown on digital piracy.
However, Mobdro isn’t as capable as Kodi, and works by scanning the web for free streams and letting you watch them. The streams are the “sole responsibility” of the sites that host them.
“Mobdro is an indexation tool, meaning it only looks [at]which streams are available,” the Mirror reported.
“Mobdro doesn’t have any control whatsoever on the streamings. If the streaming that you are looking for was on the list before and now has vanished, it means that it was online but right now it is offline.”
However, Mobdro also has a reputation for being a little less user friendly than Kodi and the quality of the streams aren’t always up to the same standard.
Mobdro is also not as accessible as Kodi and is available on Android version 4.1 and above but it is not available to download from the Google Play Store, meaning you need to download manually.
To do this you will need to change the settings on your Android device to allow downloads from unknown source, which is a risky move and could leave you at risk from cyber threats.
More info can be found on the Mobdro website.