What is Illicit Streaming?

Illegal streaming refers to the viewing of content without the permission of the copyright owner using any method, not just hardware devices. This could be accomplished with the use of a smart TV, laptop, or cell phone. 

Physical boxes attached to your TV or USB sticks that plug into the TV, such as modified Amazon Fire sticks and so-called “Kodi” boxes or Android TV boxes, are illegal streaming devices. 

When used to watch legitimate, free-to-air content, these devices are legal. They become illegal when they are used to stream illegal content, such as TV shows, movies, and subscription sports channels, without paying the requisite fees. 

Using a streaming device to watch illegal content usually necessitates the installation of software add-ons or extensions. Using such applications on smartphones and tablets can also help with illegal streaming. 

    How can you spot a rogue streaming device? 

    You are most likely using an illegal video system (ISD) or app if you are watching television shows, films, or sporting events that you would usually pay to watch but have not paid for. This could include a newly released movie, a sporting event broadcast on BT Sport, or a television show, such as Game of Thrones, that is only available on Sky. 

    These devices are often advertised as being “Fully Loaded, Jail Broken, Plug and Play, or Subscription Gift” when purchased online. These words are used to indicate that they have been adapted and are being used as an illegal streaming system. 

    In certain cases, customers purchase computers and then install the program, resulting in an illegal streaming system. 

    Why you should avoid purchasing these gadgets

    Parental controls are often absent from these devices. They can expose children or young people to explicit or age-inappropriate content if they are used. 

    Another significant reason for customers to stop buying these streaming devices is that they are dangerous to their electrical systems. As devices and their power cables have been reviewed, some have breached EU safety requirements, posing a serious public safety risk and the potential to cause a fire in your home or business. 

    In the United Kingdom, the creative industries are a vital industry. It employs over 1.9 million people and generates £84.1 billion in revenue for the UK economy. It is against the law to use illegal streaming devices. You are depriving the industry of the money it requires to finance the next wave of TV shows, films, and sporting events that we all enjoy if you do not pay for this content. Rather, it offers funds to organized crime groups who market or adapt these illegal devices. 

    What do you do if you have an ISD already? 

    By removing the software, these devices can be used legally. If you’re unsure, seek guidance to ensure that you’re using the system legally. If you want to watch content that requires a subscription, such as sports, you can contact the appropriate company to learn about legal options. 

    Where do you report ISD sellers? 

    If you see these devices for sale, contact Crimestoppers and they will forward your information to the appropriate organization for investigation. Crimestoppers may be contacted anonymously at 0800 555 111 with any tips. 

    Where can I get more information? 

    ‘Get it Right from a Genuine Site’ enables you to obtain genuine services for music, television, films, games, books, newspapers, magazines, and sports. 

    ‘Agorateka’ is a pan-European portal operated by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which allows users to search for music, film and television, e-books, video games, and sporting events via national-level portals.

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