OMG Free TV Reviews | Is it illegal and should you buy?

By | November 15, 2017

You may be wondering if this can replace your cable TV. Other OMG Free TV Reviews may be affiliated to the company so you should be cautious.

What does this affiliation mean? Well, with these TV boxes they usually look for resellers or people who affiliate themsleves with the product. Every time they sell one via their website or through a link, they get commission.

You may find affiliate links throughout my website but I am not affiliated to OMG Free TV in any shape or form. I wouldn't sign up to their program and if you read the rest of this article you will discover why.

Who are OMG Free TV?


There's virtually no company information on their website and they even have a generic email address. They provide streaming TV boxes and accessories which you can purchase from their website.

They have a Facebook page​ and according to that, they operate out of Rhode Island. They also have a contact number (+1 401-400-1534​) listed on their page. At the time of writing 90 people have reviewed them and they have a rating of 2.5/5 stars.

They have a forum on their website but to access this you have to register first. They also have video tutorials on their website for unboxing, setting up and connecting, how to use the keyboard and accessing movies.

They utilize an app called Kodi which is free to download from the Play Store or the official Kodi website. They have several models with varying prices.


Is OMG Free TV Illegal?

​Anyone that accesses licensed content without paying for it, is probably committing an offence. This is called copyright infringement​. Companies like OMG Free TV try to get around the rules by stating they don't host any content.

They only supply links to other hosts. This is a line that is used quite a lot, but this is now being questioned by various authorities who are starting to raise lawsuits.

Until now, nobody has really gone after the end user (consumer). They have started targeting the people selling devices like this but it is still early days and we don't know it it will pan out.

My best advice to you would be to use a VPN if you stream any content that uses Kodi.

OMG Free TV and Kodi

Kodi was previously called XBMC and back in the day the hardware of choice was a jailbroken Apple TV. This allowed you to install Kodi (XBMC) and hard-wire to your TV via HDMI or RCA connectors.

When Android came along it all changed for the better. Suddenly we could install it from something called the Play Store which really made it all so easy.

When Kodi V17 was released it looked very different to the previous versions. They had completely changed the interface and it took some time learning how to use it.

When Amazon decided to ban any suppliers who sold fully-loaded boxes​ (Kodi pre-installed with addons) Kodi decided to change their software download and when you install it now, you get a basic (bare) version.

This is mainly to protect their software and since it is open source anyone can create addons that are easily installed by anyone. Of course, you have to know how to install the addon.

An easier way to do it is by installing a Kodi Build. These are free to install and it will give you the ultimate method of accessing live TV channels on Kodi.

OMG Free TV Setup

​They have a video on their website which is hosted on YouTube for initial set up. This video shows you how to connect the peripherals and get connected to your Wireless network.

It's rather basic but they have other video tutorials on their site showing you how to access movies. They are using Exodus to view movies which is a bit strange since that addon is now defunct. Maybe their video is just old.

Covenant is the addon that has replaced Exodus. This is automatically added when you had the No Limits Magic Build for Kodi. Scroll down to see how to install No Limits.

OMG Free TV Channel List

​With OMG Free TV (and Kodi) you can access premium TV channels via third-party addons. Channels like HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports, etc are easily found in most of the addons.

With OMG you also get something called a Kodi Boost. This is a name they invented for a group of premium channel addons that they ship with the box.

According to their website these channels are: 

  • 1902

​This "Kodi Boost" is available to bundle with a TV box when you purchase from their website. It's something you have to pay extra for. They say that no other device offers these which is complete nonsense.

You can purchase some of these online and use on any Android device. I recently reviewed a similar device called Tiger Stream TV which also has some of these premium addons. They said nobody else offered these too. There seems to be a pattern here.

OMG Free TV Specs

For this article I'll check out the latest Series 5 model.

  • ​OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • CPU: Amlogic S905 Quad Core Cortex-A53 up to 2GHz
  • GPU: ARM Mali-450 MP3 up to 750MHz
  • 2GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 8GB of eMMC internal storage
  • Dual band WiFi 2.4/5.8GHz 802.11 B/G/N/AC​
  • Gigabit Ethernet 1000M RJ45
  • 4K Max resolution
  • 3 x USB2.0 ports
  • HDMI2.0
  • SD/SDHC/MMC​ card reader
  • Power supply DC5V/2A​

The specs are okay but not the best and certainly not the latest. The S905 SoC is fairly old tech and is inferior to the latest S912 SoC which benchmarks around 40,000 on AnTuTu.

For your info, the latest version of Kodi is 17.5 (at the time of writing). The last backward-compatible version of Android that supports Kodi V17 is Android 5.1 Lollipop. Androdi 4.4 KitKat is not compatible with Kodi V17.

Pros and Cons

  • thumbs-up
    External antenna
  • thumbs-up
    Gigabit Ethernet
  • thumbs-up
    Dual Band WiFi
  • thumbs-up
    Premium addons
  • thumbs-down
  • thumbs-down
    S905 SoC
  • thumbs-down
    Poor performance
  • thumbs-down
    Lack of transparency

More Reviews

If you're still not convinced don't take my word for it, check out what others are saying about the company and their media players.







If you are keen to replace your cable TV subscription there are other options. These are better quality and cheaper too. These OMG boxes are generic products using poor streams to access TV.

Don't get me wrong, Kodi is great for VOD (video on demand) content like movies or TV shows but it falls down when trying to access live TV streams. It's too inconsistent and can buffer a lot.

There are things you can do to improve buffering but it's still not 100% perfect and not viable for replacing a cable TV or satellite system.

There is a viable solution that can be used as your main TV system for accessing live TV. A paid IPTV subscription for only €14.95 per month with all the premium channels you will ever need and with no buffering.


Another alternative would be to buy a better quality Android TV box and install a Kodi Build like No Limits. This would give you access to all the addons that you need.

My recommended Android boxes are all top performers and these can also be used with my IPTV service as well as Kodi. What I do is use Kodi as a backup for VOD content and my IPTV service for live TV channels. This means you get the best of both Worlds.

When you install a Kodi Build it will add pre-configured addons similar to the OMG Free TV box. You also get notified when they release a new update so you always have current addons that work.

Check out my video below which shows how to install the No Limits Magic Build.


The No Limits Magic Addon after installation

If you are going to use Kodi you should consider using a VPN. This will allow you to stream anonymously and also access content that is geo-blocked.

I use PureVPN and they also have a Kodi addon which makes it super easy. They have a special promotion on and you can get their premium service for only $2.91 per month.

The Verdict

This pretty much concludes this review for the OMG Free TV boxes. I hope you know a little bit more now after reading this and some of the other reviews.

Would I recommend it? No, it's way overpriced and the lack of transparency from the manufacturer really angers me.

What is your opinion? Feel free to leave comments below 🙂

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5 thoughts on “OMG Free TV Reviews | Is it illegal and should you buy?

  1. Matt's Mom

    Sounds illegal to me just knowing you get the box, and then all those channels for free. I have a smart TV with Netflix, and an antenna. This gets me all of the local channels, plus I can watch movies on Netflix. I don’t pay a huge monthly price, and I can watch the TV I want. I think these omg free tv boxes are something to stay away from. I would not want to get in trouble for copyright infringements.

    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Matt’s Mom!

      Thanks for the feedback. To be honest, the authorities are not chasing the users, but they are trying to stop the manufacturer’s who sell these devices.

      TVAddons recently published a very interesting article on the legalities of streaming. Well, it was more about providing links to said material that is hosted elsewhere.

      It was all about self censorship being the biggest threat to Kodi. You can read it by clicking here.

  2. Krystye Kearney

    My husband and I were at a RV show a week or so ago and there were two booths selling TV boxes with the Kodi app or the ability to download it after you purchased the box. Now I had seen these online and was interested since we got rid of our cable a couple years ago and use Netflix and Hulu for our TV viewing, we also stream movies on Vudu.

    The first booth we stopped and gave a great run down on how the box worked and what we could watch on it. I asked the price of the box and they were having a show special for $299.00 when I asked how it could be legal to watch Netflix and movies that are still in theaters for free I got some techie mumbo jumbo that I don’t understand then they lost interest in us.

    The second booth we went to was selling the box for $699.00. The customer service in the second booth was non-existent. After we left the show my husband and I decided that it was all a little shady and we would continue to pay our $13.00 for Netflix and $9.00 for hulu.

    Thank you for your review and putting my questions at rest.


    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Krystye,

      Thanks for the feedback. The OMG Free TV box isn’t the only one that rips people off as you witnessed. $299 for a generic android box loaded with Kodi is criminal.

      These companies are taking advantage of free software and trying to make it sound revolutionary and legal. But it’s still a bit of a grey area especially since they do not host any content, merely provide links.

      TVAddons recently published a good article on the legalities and how self censorship was the biggest threat to the Kodi community. It’s something to think about and if you have a laptop that allows you to access copyright material so are laptops illegal?

      Kodi is a vehicle that can be used to access material elsewhere, same as a laptop in my opinion. Anyway, you did the right thing walking away especially at that price.

  3. james

    Hi Craig,
    Thanks for your post on this. Unfortunately yet another box on the market which just isn’t up to the task. The lack of customer support is also a big turn off. Thanks for keeping your eye out for these dodgy boxes and will keep reading your reviews to see what other options are out there.


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