If you’ve come to this page, it’s probably because you’ve found that the Kodi Colossus repo won’t work is missing or won’t install. If you tried the url that everyone says it’s located at, but have gotten either a 404 error or a message stating “Colossal1 doesn’t have any public repositories yet,” this article will explain why you are unable to find it.
The short answer is that Colossus has been taken offline because one of its main developers was sent a cease and desist letter from the MPA (Motion Picture Association). This letter accused Colossus of facilitating piracy by housing addons that allow users to stream unlicensed content.
For more details and a list of alternatives to Colossus repo, read on.
Kodi is downloadable software that allows users to watch a variety of videos from across the Internet. It can be installed on most of the popular TV devices, including Apple TV and Nvidia Shield. It can also be used on a PC or smartphone or with an Amazon Firestick.
Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
Important: Always use a VPN with Kodi
People who use Kodi addons from Colossus or other repos to watch unofficial streams of shows and movies often use VPNs to keep their activities a secret. But there are good reasons why everyone who streams video should use a VPN.
VPNs protect users against MiTM (man-in-the-middle) attacks by encrypting users’ data and making them unreadable to hackers. MiTM attacks are a particular concern for those attempting to use Covenant (also not working) and other addons like it now that the original repo has been taken offline. VPNs also help to prevent buffering caused by ISP speed throttling and can unlock content that is geo-blocked.
However, not all VPNs are created equal. Some keep logs of users’ activities, creating new security and privacy risks. Others are too slow to stream HD video or are difficult to install.
For these reasons, we recommend Kodi users employ IPVanish whenever they stream video. IPVanish has over 850 servers, keeping speeds high and maximizing content available to users. It also keeps no logs and is easy to install due to its native app for Amazon Fire Stick and Nvidia Shield. Overall, it’s a great VPN choice for streaming video and protecting privacy.
Why Colossus repo is missing
The Colossus repo went down around 1 p.m. Eastern time, November 15. The official github page for the repo started displaying a message that said “Colossal1 doesn’t have any public repositories yet.” Meanwhile, many other sites that carried copies of the repo went offline completely and started displaying 404 errors.
On the same day, one of the developers behind the Colossus repo, jsergio123, announced on his twitter page “Sorry to say but I am stopping all development of the urlresolver, metahandler, and my other addons. I am not responsible for covenant and bennu but colossus has agreed to delete the repo too.” In a response to another user on Twitter, Jsergio noted that if he ever did return to Kodi addon development, he would only be developing legal addons from that point forward.
TheAlphaP and the MPA
A second developer who went by the name “TheAlphaP” on Twitter also tweeted on the 15th implying that he was in legal trouble and would no longer be developing infringing addons. His account then disappeared. The Twitter account of a third Colossus developer named Echocoder also went offline around the same time.
After this occurred, TVAddons published a letter addressed to TheAlphaP from the MPA. This group consists of such giant content providers and streaming services as Netflix, Amazon, Sky, Disney, and Warner Brothers. The letter accuses AlphaP of developing “infringing addons” that “provide unlawful access to protected copyrighted works.”
It is unclear whether Jsergio and Echocoder also got cease and desist letters or if they simply heard about what had happened to AlphaP and decided to cease involvement with Colossus. The bottom line is that copyright holders have now determined the identities of one or more of the Colossus repo’s developers and are engaged in legal action against them. As a result, Colossus is gone.
Although Colossus is down, there are still plenty of ways to watch TV shows and movies on Kodi using legal addons that do not violate copyright law. Below is a list of repos where you can find these addons.
Alternatives to Kodi Colossus repo
The following is a list of repos that have a policy of rejecting addons that stream from unlicensed sources. As a result, these repos are still online.
TVAddons previously housed quite a few infringing addons, including the popular Exodus addon. However, it was sued by Bell Canada, Videotron, TVA, and Rogers. As a result, the original website was taken down. But instead of disappearing, TVAddons purged all of its copyright-infringing addons and opened at a new location.
The new TVAddons repository carries many valuable Kodi addons. Here are a few that are notable.
- USTVCatchup – Allows users to watch network and cable TV shows after they air by streaming them from the network’s official website.
- Adult Swim – Allows users to watch shows from the official website of the Adult Swim channel, including episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Attack on Titan, and The Boondocks.
- Bad Lip Reading – Lets you watch funny videos with alternative dialogue from hit movies and political speeches.
- FilmOn Simple – Provides over 600 free television channels from Filmon.com, including channels devoted to movies, extreme sports, news, music, and others.
- Indigo – A troubleshooting app that allows you to keep your Kodi in top shape. Lets you view log files, clear cache, factory reset, and perform many other kinds of maintenance.
Related article: How to install and use Indigo Kodi add
- AMA Pro Racing – Allows you to watch Motocross and Supercross events live, without a cable subscription.
- FXNOW – Requires a paid subscription. Allows users to watch FX shows and movies through Kodi, including episodes of American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, and The Americans
- Livestream – plays videos from Livestream.com
Read more: How to install the Crackle Kodi addon
This repository isn’t very well known and only has a few addons. But the ones that it does have are worth checking out for some users. Here are some of their best addons.
- Ring of Honor Wrestling – Allows users to watch every episode of RoHW from the past year.
- TVPlayer – Provides over 60 legal streams of U.K. TV channels. A VPN may be required to view some of them if you’re connecting from outside the U.K.
- TVCatchup.com – Similar to TVAddons’ USTVCatchup, TVCatchup.com gives you access to network and cable TV shows after they air.
BludHavenGrayson can be found on this github page.
Related article: The best Kodi repos
Official Kodi addon repository
Of course, you don’t have to go looking for a repository online in order to get great Kodi addons. You can just use the one that comes preinstalled with your Kodi. Here are some of the best addons from the official Kodi repository.
- PSVue – Requires a paid subscription. Gives users access to a catalog of network and cable TV channels, including CNBC, CNN, Disney Jr., Fox Sports, Animal Planet, and many others.
- Crunchyroll – Lets you watch a huge collection of anime titles from Crunchyroll.
- Dailymotion.com – Allows you to watch thousands of user-uploaded videos from Dailymotion.com.
- Pluto.tv – Gives you access to over 100 free TV channels, including Bloomberg, IGN, Food TV, and more.
Read more: How to install the Pluto.tv Kodi addon
Now you know why the Colossus repo is missing. Developers associated with the repository were shut down because of a lawsuit accusing them of creating copyright-infringing addons. However, there are plenty of other addons available that you can use to watch TV and movies on Kodi. Use the above list of repos that are still online to find what you’re looking for.