In the beginning of June 2017, many App stopped working. TVAddons went down, along with a slew of other big repositories. Then, XunityTalk– the maker and host of the popular streaming addon iStream– went dark as well. Currently, the XunityTalk website is down, and all their social media accounts are closed.
Then, the XunityTalk team may have teamed up with the developer known as Mucky Duck. Mucky Duck rebranded iStream as Duckpool and started pushing out new updates for it via the Mucky Duck repository.
Read on to find out how to install Duckpool (aka the new version of iStream) on your Kodi.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 What happened to XunityTalk?
- 3 How to install Duckpool on Kodi
- 4 In-depth with Duckpool – Duckpool review
- 5 Duckpool’s main menu
- 6 Better than iStream
- 7 Not quite as good as Specto (yet)
- 8 Final thoughts
- 9 Where to find iStream (and loads of other classic App)
- 10 Mirror repository archive
- 11 What do you think?
Before we Proceed
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What happened to XunityTalk?
Nobody knows for sure what is going on with XunityTalk. All we know for sure is that their websites are offline and their social media accounts are deserted.
As mentioned above, many repositories and Kodi related websites went dark in the beginning of June. The cause behind all the recent chaos was a lawsuit. Satellite TV provider Dish Network decided to sue the TVAddons repository and the creators of the popular addon known as Zem TV. To avoid legal trouble, many smaller developers and repository administrators have decided to shut down or join forces with other groups.
The XunityTalk repository is likely gone for good. However, iStream still remains in the under the new name “Duckpool”. There are still plenty of repositories to choose from if you want to download 3rd party video App for Kodi. The Ares Repository, Noobs and Nerds, SuperRepo, Mucky Duck and Kodi Israel Group are all still online.
- To learn more about which repositories have shut down and which ones are still up in the wake of the latest “Kodipocalypse,” read: 1Best Cody Repositories of 2017 – These 5 Kodi Repositories are Still Working
How to install Duckpool on Kodi
To get Duckpool, you first need the Mucky Duck repository file (repository.mdrepo-x-x-x.zip). Once you have that, you’ll need to install the repository from within your Kodi setup. Next, you’ll need to open the Mucky Duck repository and install the Duckpool repository, which you can find via the addon repository folder. Once the Duckpool repository is installed, you can find Duckpool via the Duckpool repository’s video App folder.
Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of the installation steps described above.
Step #1: Install the Mucky Duck repository
First, download repository.mdrepo-x-x-x.zip. Then, open up your Kodi and click addons on the left side of the screen. Next, click the box icon.
From there, click install from zip file. Finally, navigate to wherever you saved repository.mdrepo-x-x-x.zip on your computer and open it up.
Then, wait for the “installation complete” popup appear on the bottom right part of the screen.
Step #2: Install the Duckpool repository
After your Kodi is finished installing the Mucky Duck repository, you can get the Duckpool repository.
Go to click install from repository → mucky ducks repo → addon repository → duckpool repository and then click install.
Step #3: Install Duckpool
After the Duckpool repo is finished installing, click install from repository → duckpool repository → video App → duckpool and then click install.
In-depth with Duckpool – Duckpool review
Now that Duckpool is up and running, it might turn out to be just as good as Specto. Duckpool has a ton of streaming sources, plus advanced features that other similar App lack.
Let’s take a closer look at the Duckpool menu and explore what this addon has to offer.
Fans of iStream will notice a lot of similarities between Duckpool and iStream. Aside from the new artwork, Duckpool’s main menu is identical to iStream’s.
Movies and TV shows
Like most video App, Duckpool’s main menu features movies and tv show buttons. If you click the movies button, you’ll land on a revamped set of submenus.
iStream had the following submenus listed under movies: Genres, Most popular, Box office, Box office by year, Box office by decade, Highly rated, IMDb top 250, Kids zone, Most voted, Now playing, Company lists, Award lists and Celebrity search.
However, Duckpool has only 5 submenus: IMDb, Kids Zone, Movie25, TMDb and Search. The reorganized folder system is more intuitive and easier to use.
Duckpool has the same long list of sources that iStream had, so you’ll likely have plenty of streaming options no matter what you decide to watch.
Duckpool movie sources include: 123Movies, Bobby Movies, Cartoon HD, Cartoonextra, CmoviesHD, Easy News, Furk.net, GoMovies, HD-Online, HD365, HevcBluray, Ice Films, Index Of, iOnlineMovies, iTVMovie, M4U, MailRu, Movie25, Movie4uCC, MovieTube, movietvhub, MvGee, MyDownloadTubeOnline, Myvideo links, OnlineMovies, Pirate Junkies, PlayBoxHD, Prime Wire, Putlocker.is, SeeHD, Superchillin, TV-Release, Vidics.ch, Xmovies8, YesMovies and ZooCinema.
- Note: If you run into long wait times while using Duckpool, you can enable and disable various sources via the settings menu. Generally, if you stream from a source that’s close to your physical location you’ll get better performance and shorter wait times. Likewise if you stream from a source that’s located in a far off country, you may run into buffering issues.
How to stream blocked Duckpool sources
If you’re running into a lot of dead stream links while using Duckpool or other video App, your ISP could be to blame. Some ISPs place blocks on various sites that host streaming content. Because many Duckpool sources have been targeted by the authorities, you may not be able to get full access to your App if you live in certain countries.
- Here’s a comprehensive list of sites that have been banned in the UK: List of websites blocked in the United Kingdom.
Many Kodi fans that live in the UK and other countries with strict internet regulations have started using VPN services to “geo-hop” over the border into countries that don’t have as many restrictions.
Recommended Reading: Unblock Kodi App in the UK – A Full How-To Guide
Here are some additional articles that can help you learn how to install a VPN on various Kodi compatible devices:
- How to Install a VPN on Kodi for Mac OS
- How to Install a VPN for Kodi on Windows
- How to Setup a VPN on Android TV Boxes
- How to Setup a VPN on Roku
- How to Setup a VPN on Nvidia Shield
- How to Setup a VPN on Apple TV
- How to Install a VPN on Google Chromecast
If you find some streams that you would like to come back to at a later point, you can use the myStream bookmark system to save it for later.
To save a stream to myStream, just right click on a stream while browsing to pull up the contextual menu. Then, select add to myStream to save it to your bookmarks.
This section seems to be under construction. It looks interesting, but it doesn’t seem to work. Maybe in the future, Mucky Duck will add Trakt functionality here.
This feature isn’t very useful, because all of the old iStream playlists went down along with the XunityTalk website a few weeks ago. Unfortunately there’s no way to create a playlist from inside the Duckpool addon itself.
Like most video App, Duckpool comes with a handy search feature. Clicking the search button takes you to a submenu that allows you to search for TV shows or movies. Search was up and running when we tested it out. Unfortunately, Duckpool doesn’t save your search history.
Duckpool’s settings menu is robust compared to other streaming App. You can view the list of sources that it uses for content and enable/disable them as well. If you want, you can have Duckpool automatically open up your myStream favorites upon startup.
Another interesting thing you can do via the settings menu is change how Duckpool sorts links to streams. For example, you can opt to bring reliable sources to the top. Alternatively, you can tell Duckpool to show you links to 4K streams first. TV shows and movies have separate configuration screens, so you can arrange streams in different ways depending on what you want to watch.
Duckpool’s tools menu allows you to take care of basic maintenance tasks. For example, you can clear your cache and myStream bookmarks through this menu. You can also go back to a fresh installation of Duckpool.
Better than iStream
Duckpool is definitely better than iStream. iStream used to contain an advertisement for a XUnityTalk brand “fully loaded” Kodi box. The advertisement was buried deep in the settings menu, and it would only appear if you tried to turn on certain “premium” features. Duckpool, however, is totally ad free. Additionally, some of iStream’s old menus have been cleaned up and reorganized.
Not quite as good as Specto (yet)
If Mucky Duck sticks with Duckpool and keeps pushing out updates, it could very well eventually become as good as the best TV/movie addon out there right now: Specto.
However, Mucky Duck has a tendency to abandon his App after he gets tired of them. Many of the App you’ll find in the Mucky Duck repository were great at one time, but no longer work because they are out-of-date.
In contrast, the Specto team has kept the Specto repository up and running throughout the chaos caused by recent TVAddons shutdown. They are always pushing out updates and seem to be very dedicated.
Overall, Duckpool is a good backup video addon to have in your Kodi arsenal. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on Specto, there’s a chance you can find a working stream for it on Duckpool.
One of the best things about Duckpool is that it has a handy built-in bookmarking system. However, Duckpool is not currently compatible with cloud based bookmarking systems. Hopefully, future updates will add integration with Trakt and other popular bookmarking services.
With regards to performance, Duckpool is quite fast. Also, you can make it faster by disabling slow and unreliable sources. Duckpool’s settings menu is definitely more robust than compared to other streaming App.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on Duckpool in the coming weeks. If Mucky Duck sticks to this addon and keeps on making it better, Duckpool could easily become one of the very best video App out there.
Where to find iStream (and loads of other classic App)
As mentioned above, many repositories have shut down in recent weeks. The good news is that there are still many backup (or “mirrored”) copies of repositories floating around on the web. If you want to download the old version of iStream, you can if you download a mirror repository.
Official vs mirror repositories
Official repositories are generally better than mirrors because they have all the newest updates and patches. Patches are important because without them, App slowly become obsolete and stop working. That’s why it’s a good idea to get the official version of a repository whenever possible.
However, in the event that the official repository isn’t available you can use backup repositories called mirrors instead. Mirrored repositories are usually not as current as official repositories. However, the good thing about mirrored repositories is that you can still use them to download App even if the official repository shuts down.
Mirror repository archive
When iStream went offline, we found an excellent place where you can download the mirrored version of it and many other defunct repositories that shut down because of the TVAddons closure: a Swedish school called Umeå University. If you follow the link, you’ll find a huge archive of Kodi App and Kodi repositories.
What do you think?
How do you like Duckpool? Is it better than iStream? Do you think Mucky Duck will stick with it and keep pushing out updates, or abandon it and let it fall into disrepair? Let us know your opinion in the comments section.