Installing Alluc Kodi add-on: Is it safe? Are there alternatives?

Published by on September 10, 2017 in Kodi

Looking to use the Alluc Kodi add-on? This guide covers the Alluc Kodi add-on in detail for new and experienced Kodi users.

Kodi Alluc add-on

Kodi makes setting up your own media center very simple. It’s a free, open source software package that can be installed across a wide range of devices including Roku, PC (Windows, Mac, or Linux), Apple TV, Raspberry Pi, Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Firestick, USB flash drive, and iPhone. Kodi takes just a few minutes to set up and configure, so you don’t even need to be particularly good with computers to use it.

A media center is only as good as the content it holds. Kodi provides two ways to access media: firstly, it can automatically add video and audio files saved to specific locations on your device. While this will allow you to watch without an internet connection, you’ll need a large hard drive if you rely on this alone. Many Kodi users also install plugins (called add-ons) to enhance their experience. These gather libraries of content which hosted online and provide a quick and easy way to find whatever you’re in the mood to watch.

One of these add-ons is named Alluc. It’s pronounced “all you see,” and it helps users more easily access more content online, however not all of that content licensed. In this article, we’ll be explaining what Alluc is, how it works, and how to configure it to browse only official content. We’ll also be addressing some of the privacy issues that all Kodi add-ons share.

There has been a lot of discussion about Kodi in the news recently. While using Kodi is completely legal, much of the negative attention it has received is due to some third-party add-ons which offer unrestricted access to copyrighted content. What is legal in one place may not be in another, so it is vital that Kodi users research the laws in their country before using Kodi to stream online content.

Comparitech does not condone or encourage any violation of copyright restrictions, including illegal streaming through Kodi. Kodi can be used for many excellent, legal online streaming purposes. Please consider the law, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading or streaming copyrighted material without permission. Always do you own research before accessing any Kodi add-on, stream or repository.

How to use Kodi safely and privately

There is no such thing as impenetrable software, Kodi included. While official add-ons are generally created with stringent validation processes in place and are rigorously tested, third-party add-ons give no such assurances. As a result, they may contain unpatched vulnerabilities that  a hacker could use to gain access to your system. If this happens, the attacker would have the contents of your hard drive at their fingertips, as well as anything your internet browser has saved such as passwords or credit card details. They could even use a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack to intercept your online traffic after the attack.

There are several cases wherein internet service providers (ISP) have been caught intentionally limiting their customers’ internet speeds. This is usually to discourage their customers from streaming videos online and can happen regardless of how much bandwidth you pay for.

A good VPN can protect you from both of these threats. By encrypting all traffic to and from your computer, it makes it useless to any outside observer. Someone using a MitM attack would find themselves unable to track your activities, and as your ISP couldn’t either, they’re less likely to automatically throttle your connection. This could help prevent the buffering and time-out problems that some people encounter.

For Kodi users, IPVanish is one of the best choices. It has servers in more than 50 countries and because they maintain these themselves, it can provide a fast and stable connection that allows you to get the best streaming experience possible.

Unlike some VPN providers, IPVanish does not keep any logs of your traffic. This means that your activities can remain private, even in the face of outside interference. Additionally,  IPVanish works with every Kodi add-on we’ve tested and can be installed on an Amazon Firestick to allow you to stay protected no matter where you are.

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What is the Kodi Alluc add-on?

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Alluc.ee is a website that collects links to content which is hosted online. The Alluc add-on simply makes this content accessible through Kodi.

The Kodi Alluc add-on provides some of the same functionality that the Alluc website does. If you have an Alluc account, you can login using the settings menu. This is optional but allows you to view your watchlist and read any messages that you’ve received from other users.

This add-on offers access to movies and TV shows, but not live content or music. Its library is fairly well organized, and grouped by category. The biggest problem with Alluc is that the vast majority of its content is unlicensed. It is possible to turn off specific sources, however there are dozens of unofficial providers and just a handful of official ones. As such, there is a significantly smaller media library available for users looking to watch licensed content.

Here is where things get confusing: while this is an official Alluc add-on, because of its preoccupation with unlicensed content, it’s treated as third-party Kodi add-on. That said, there is a way to make it show only the content which is officially licensed.

How to watch official content with the Alluc add-on

The first step to configuring the Alluc add-on to use only legitimate providers is simple. First, open the Alluc add-on. From here, scroll down and click on the Settings option. On the next page, click Resolver Settings.

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Select the URLResolver tab on the left, then turn off the Enable Universal Resolvers option.

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The next step is to go through all of the Numbered Resolver options and turn off all providers except for the ones named: AdultSwim, amazon_clouddrive, dailymotion, facebook, google videos, mycloud, Streamable, SyFy, twitch, veehd, vid.me, vimeo, and youtube.

Once you’re finished, click the OK button on the right-hand side. Alluc will now only show you content from legitimate sources.

Alternatives to the Alluc add-on

Although the Alluc add-on offers legitimate content, it has to be configured first to remove all of the less scrupulous providers. There are several official Kodi add-ons that bypass this step by only delivering licensed content in the first place, and we believe that most users would be better served by one of these instead.

YouTube

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YouTube is the first thing people think of when they hear “online video,” and with good reason: it has the largest library of licensed content available on the internet. This library contains everything from public domain movies like 1963’s Charade to experimental internet-based TV shows The official Kodi add-on makes it available across all of your devices.

This add-on also maintains much of YouTube’s functionality. You can view your subscribed channels, watch history, playlists, likes and dislikes from within Kodi. It even has a dedicated section for live video content, something YouTube has been trying to encourage its users to create recently.

There are a couple of good reasons to use this add-on.  Importantly, it removes the ads from videos, which helps you enjoy them, particularly if you’re a fan of long-form content. Additionally, as YouTube is user-moderated, there’s a very low chance of you accidentally coming across copyrighted content.  

The YouTube Kodi add-on can be found in the official Kodi add-on repository.

FilmOn.TV

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FilmOn.TV is a website that offers access to live TV and radio streams from several different countries. Many of these streams are free to watch and completely legitimate. There are some additional channels that require a FilmOn subscription, but this is completely optional.

The FilmOn.TV Kodi add-on makes it very easy to find what you’re looking for. Content is grouped both by genre and by its country of origin, making it great for people living away from home. There is no search function, but if you know the name of the channel you’re looking for, you can find it in the alphabetical channel listing.

Where FilmOn struggles is in providing on-demand content. There is a selection available, however it’s fairly limited. Nevertheless, there’s enough variety in the live streams that you’ll never be short of something to watch.

The FilmOn.TV Kodi add-on can be found in the SuperRepo Category Video repository.

See also: The best Kodi movies add-ons.

FilmRise – Youtube

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The FilmRise – YouTube Kodi add-on takes streams from the YouTube accounts of an independent distributor named FilmRise and allows you to watch them through Kodi.

This add-on offers a good selection of TV shows, documentaries, and movies. As you might expect, there aren’t any blockbuster films here, but there are some classics like 1998’s The Acid House.

There’s no search function, unfortunately, but the content is grouped fairly well with a few exceptions (there are both “TV” and “Television” categories, for example). TV shows with multiple episodes have their own playlists, and there are some with several seasons on offer.

The FilmRise – Youtube Kodi add-on can be found in either the Indigo add-on installer or the MetalChris repository.

Overview and privacy concerns

The Alluc Kodi add-on has a large content library, but it primarily contains unlicensed TV shows and movies. As a result, it is of little use to Kodi users who are looking for legitimate sources of media.

As a third-party add-on, Alluc comes with greater risk than an official alternative. While Alluc.ee has an official Twitter page, this only discusses the status of the website itself and not the Kodi add-on. Since legitimate Kodi forums do not allow discussion of third-party add-ons, this means that if the add-on were to be hijacked, there would be very few reliable sources of information. There is a very good chance that your system would be compromised before you knew that there was a problem.

Simply put, this add-on forces legitimate Kodi users to jump through hoops while offering people looking for unlicensed content a far more streamlined experience. This is not a mindset we are fond of, and considering the number of wholly legitimate alternatives, we see no reason to use this add-on.  

See also: What’s the best VPN for Kodi?

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