We have seen various malware’s and trojan’s being detailed in various smartphones and such Android based systems. Often these viruses are extremely hard to remove. This is another problem when you are buying from overseas or auction selling sites, there are often no guarantees or even communication if your device obtains a problem.
The makers of these viruses often make a lot of money from their click bait style. Harmful Viruses can be manifested in many shapes and forms, whether this be through ROM images, pop-ups or even scare messages.
Since the launch of our Smart TV box repair centre 1 in 3 devices are Malware related problems. What’s happening is unsuspecting customers are buying fully loaded devices from online marketplaces with the promise of free movies free sports, what they are not telling you is the box is full of malware’s and trojan’s that will push up adverts that can rake the seller of the device £1000s in advert clicks. These are not adverts in applications they are built into the devices Firmware making near on imposable to remove without the correct know how.
Viruses in Android TV box firmware
Only flash your Android TV box with firmware from reputable suppliers. Android firmware is easily modified, by adding the trojans to each firmware then circulating it on the internet anyone looking for the latest update for their device will think its safe to use.
“Ransomware” or “Ransomwarez” seem to happening more and more. Ransomware type viruses usually result in a pop up message offering you to pay a fee or certain things will happen to your device etc.
Above is a an example of something similar. We have seen that these now seem to be entering the Fully Loaded devices from overseas. These of course are totally bogus messages that are there to try and lure the user into providing personal details or pay a fee.
The reason these are being seen on boxes is due to bogus apk’s or such being in the file structure of the devices. Files can be hidden in many forms as more and more corrupt people try to access personal data and more.
We test hundreds and hundreds of devices throughout the year as new companies emerge. To be on the edge of technology we have to test these devices to see if we have the next big thing.
However, worryingly when we look at the file structures of some of these devices, we see a lot of unnecessary bloatware and security issues. In truth, we don’t even understand why some things are there but these wave a huge red flag for us, which could make you more open to viruses.
Avoid cheap and cloned devices
This is not a marketing gimmick or a ploy to sell devices. This is just the truth. There is a reason that some devices are £20 – £30 cheaper overseas or from auction sites. The outside may look the same (That is just a shell). However, inside inferior components and parts are used when these are being made.
Devices often come Fully loaded to mask the fact that the device itself is either a clone or very poorly made.
As detailed above, these often come with unnecessary bloatware or hidden files, that make them more open to viruses and such.
Known problems of cheaper cloned devices:
They run slower
Inferior circuit parts
Inferior plugs and connections that can spark
Hidden files (Leaving you open to Malware etc)
We are not making it up, numerous reports have shown this to be true. Is it worth risking possible fire or data attacks on your personal information to save a few pounds?
Avoid Fully Loaded Devices
No reputable seller will sell a Fully Loaded device. It is illegal to sell a Fully Loaded device. Here at EntertainmentBox we do not sell illegal Fully Loaded devices.
With our devices we offer a full 12 month guarantee and 30 day money back warranty. Unfortunately, this cannot be said for a lot of Fully loaded device sellers. You’ll see companies come and go whilst they try to avoid the law whilst still selling their dodgy products.
A customer is left stranded if a problem arises, it’s hard to contact someone that no longer exists!
Fully loaded devices offer the glitz and glamour of “everything you want!“. This may not always be the case though.
A bulk addon configuration wizard has been used to bulk install addons, often though due to the inferior nature of the TV boxes, certain conflicts often arise, dependencies needed are not often met. A customer usually feels cheated by not having what they thought they were getting.
Only buy from a trusted seller
Makes sense really doesn’t it. You may save a few pounds up front but by buying “cheaper inferior fully loaded boxes”, it may cost you more in the long run.
EBox do not sell fully loaded devices. EBox only sell official genuine products.
EBox offer you a 12 month warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee on the products.
Whether you choose to buy from us or not, please avoid fully loaded devices. We hope this Android Fully Loaded TV Box Warning has sunk in. It is not worth risking your personal data or even worse due to saving a few pounds on what you think is the deal of the century.
In all honesty, it isn’t.
Be smart and educate yourself. As the old saying goes, If it’s too good to be true ….
2017 EU law is Kodi legal |is Selling Kodi Boxes illegal | what is kodi
We look at the law on kodi as it stands 2017 Is kodi legal, Kodi Streaming legal, Selling Pirate Boxes illegal and also what is kodi?
There has always a bit of a grey area when people talk about Kodi and what’s legal and what’s not illegal, today we are going to try to clear a few things up.
In this post we are going to look at is Kodi legal? Is streaming legal? Can you sell a Kodi box fully loaded? Kodi TV box sellers arrested!
What is kodi?
Kodi is a Media centre and is one of the most powerful pieces of entertainment software around. Kodi lets users stream a range of content – whether it’s from the web or local devices. This includes movies, TV, sports, TV shows and games. Kodi formally known as XBMC is an application that runs on most TV boxes and can provide limitless entertainment. Kodi also allows the use of 3rd party add-ons allowing you to access content through the internet. Kodi will also allow you to play any media file you have on a local drive. Kodi can be installed on the following platforms: Windows, Android, Mac O SX, linux, Apple IOS and also the Raspberry Pi. The software kodi is ultimately a media player. Just like a CD player or Video player, except Kodi plays digital media.
Is Kodi legal? Yes Kodi is legal!
Kodi is one of the most powerful pieces of entertainment software around and lets users stream a range of content – whether it’s from the web or local devices. But with so much on offer – including movies, sports and games – it’s understandable to ask: “Is Kodi legal?” The simple answer is yes.
Kodi is a piece of streaming software designed to display content on a range of devices, and that means it’s perfectly legal. If you have a DVD player or a PC only because it can play any media file it does not make it illegal. Kodi is digital media centre software that you can install on many different platforms.
Is Streaming legal? Yes Streaming is legal in the EU!
If we take a look at the law on streaming as it stands 2016 you can stream content from an online source as long as you don’t download and save the media.
When you stream content with Kodi its not downloading and saving the media onto your device but streaming it through Kodi. No media is ever saved to the device, so all your doing is viewing content already online. You are not downloading, you are not distributing, you are not copying media.
At the time of writing, no EU resident has been prosecuted for watching an internet stream. In 2015, the UK government has provided £3.1m to educate residents on how to access content. The IPO also works with the European Commission to find better ways to make content available to purchase and view across borders which may help to reduce ‘pirate’ content and geo-blocking.
On 5 June 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the existing EU copyright exemptions for temporary copies applies to viewing and streaming online. Viewing or streaming, the court says, is different to making a copy and would be exempt from copyright laws, but the copies “must be temporary, that they must be transient or incidental in nature and that they must constitute an integral and essential part of a technological process.” CASE LAW, SOURCE
Is Selling fully loaded Kodi Boxes illegal? you can not!
Selling fully loaded Kodi boxes with Kodi addons or apps like showbox, mobdro, is illegal in the EU. It is illegal to modify set-top boxes to receive digital TV subscription channels for free.
Selling devices which bypass subscription services, to access pay-to-view TV, including movies and sports is against the law.
So by installing Kodi addons or apps that allow others to be able to watch content out of the box without any prior configuration before you sell them is a no-no. You can not walk into Tesco and buy a box that allows you to watch free Sky TV or the latest blockbuster release. Check out our post on what apps we install on our TV boxes. Kodi addons and apps should be left to the end user to install. It’s not like there are not websites that show you how to install Kodi addons.
Kodi TV box sellers arrested!
Over the last 12 months we have seen a crackdown on people who sell fully loaded Android TV boxes.
The days of being able to buy Android TV boxes blatantly loaded and advertised as offering pirated satellite and cable content may be coming to an end.
Traders that have been offering Android boxes complete with apps that enable free viewing of TV shows, movies, and live sports events found themselves in hot water after raids by UK authorities. Trading Standards, police and Sky TV. (these include sellers that add kodi fully loaded)
If you buy a TV box that’s fully loaded from a seller offering free content there is a good chance he will be getting a call from the serious crime squad. They will not be around to support you if your device breaks or is faulty.
You can read a few cases of Android TV box sellers getting arrested and shut down HERE or HERE or HERE or HERE.
This group of people modified Virgin set top boxes to watch free TV, yes decrypting satellite transmissions is different to streaming with Kodi. The truth is if you sell a box that you can plug in and start watching free TV without any prior configuration then your doing the same thing.
Selling devices which bypass subscription services, to access pay-to-view TV, including movies and sports is illegal.
We hope we have cleared up a few questions regarding is Kodi legal.
If you on the look out for a new Android TV box then don’t go looking for a fully loaded device, you are only going to get your fingers burnt in the long run.
EntertainmentBox have been trading for over 3 years and have built up quite a following. We will do what ever is necessary to keep trading and offering excellent customer service without breaking the law.
You can be assured that we as a seller and what we sell is 100% legal and as our customers will tell you, our customer service is second to none.
2016 EU law is Kodi legal, is Selling Kodi Boxes illegal.