What is an IPTV box?
An IPTV box allows people to stream media content from the internet or from a USB device onto a TV.
Are IPTV boxes legal?
IPTV boxes are legal, as long as you use them to stream free content. When they are altered in order to access copyrighted content and paid subscription channels, they become illegal.
When an IPTV box is altered to view copyrighted material for free, it is generally referred to as a ‘fully-loaded’ box. It is illegal to make, sell or use these boxes and the punishment could be up to ten years in prison.
Are IPTV boxes safe?
From our investigations, some IPTV boxes are potentially dangerous. They pose a risk of electrocution or fire as they haven’t been subjected to standard safety checks. It’s impossible to tell from the outside whether a modified IPTV box is electrically safe.
IPTV boxes can also put you at risk of a cyber attack. Hackers are able to take control of devices that are hooked up to these boxes and potentially steal your personal information. There are also reports that they can be used as cameras, allowing hackers to spy inside your home without your knowledge.
If you’re looking to purchase an IPTV box, never buy one that is unbranded or has been modified in any way. Make sure you buy from a reputable retailer and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.