This warning comes after an anti-piracy group funded testing. A Kodi box allows you to access content online but some devices are now fire hazards.
The headline is shocking but after reading an article in The Sun online I realized they were over-dramatizing it. Kodi boxes are big news just now and the crackdown continues on users accessing illicit content.
These latest safety tests were funded by FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) in the UK and Android boxes that were seized in raids across UK were found to fail British Regulations. These are now being classified as a fire risk by Electrical Safety First.
The Electrical watchdog tested generic Android boxes that are not branded. These boxes can be bought on the black market with Kodi pre-installed and already set up. They are calling them Kodi boxes but they are really just Android TV boxes with Kodi installed.
Often they come "fully loaded" with Kodi software and channels that stream sports and films. But following testing by Electrical Safety First, many manufacturing standards in these streaming boxes do not comply with British regulations and could put people at risk of electric shock. The problem lies with the power mode supply that connects to the mains, which makes them more likely to overheat or expose electrical current to someone handling the box. Nine boxes tested by Electrical Safety First in June failed the Electrical Equipment Regulations. The report stated: "The latest Electrical Safety First report into the risks associated with illicit streaming devices raises a wider concern around the safety of electrical goods that seem to provide consumers with a cheaper alternative, but which are potentially putting them at harm." - The Sun Online
- What is kodi?
- what is iptv?
- the boxes
- KODI ALTERNATIVES
Kodi is free software which allows you to access third-party addons with links to live and on-demand content. You can access live TV channels from all over the World.
But these addons are being targeted by the authorities who are trying to get them blocked. In the UK now the internet providers are legally obliged to block these servers and it is already happening now.
Kodi is easily downloaded from the Play Store or the offical Kodi website. However, once installed you are left with a basic shell with no access to addons. Previously Kodi would be installed with several addons.
These have now been dropped by Kodi who are trying to stay out of the firing line.
IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television and is effectively TV delivered over an internet connection. It's been around for some time but only recently has it become feasible to use this as your main TV system.
Due to the rapid technological advances in data transfer and internet hardware we can now watch with a smooth picture without having to endure buffering or freezing.
It has now caught up with the quality we have been used to with cable or satellite TV and a lot of broadcasting companies are now using IPTV because it's cheaper to maintain.
However, these companies are now in competition with Kodi and other free IPTV software like Mobdro who don't charge for the service.
IPTV can be classified in 3 categories - live, time-shifted and on-demand. Check out this video below which was taken only 6 years ago.
The most popular way of delivering IPTV via Kodi or other service is by using an Android TV box. Back in the day before Android, I used to watch XBMC (the old name for Kodi) on a jailbroken Apple TV.
It wasn't great and sometimes there would be a lot of buffering. It was better for watching VOD (video on demand) and had less buffering. The Android boxes are much better.
Another way of delivering IPTV is by using a MAG TV box. These are designed for using with an IPTV service which accesses content on a server.
This is a more reliable way of replacing your cable or satellite subscription and can save you a fortune in the long run.
There are other alternatives to Kodi which are also free. Mobdro is one such app that is free to download and install. However, this cannot be down from the Play Store so you have to sideload it from the Mobdro website.
Mobdro is quite different to Kodi because it searches for the best stream and uses that. Kodi will give you several links to the same content but hosted on different servers.
Another great way is by signing up to an IPTV service that can also be used on Kodi. This isn't free but it provides access to better streams on better quality servers.
There is no need to search for channels when you use a service like this and all the genres are in one place.