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Illicit TV devices fail safety checks

Those tempted to buy illicit TV access devices such as the fabled Kodi box may get their fingers burned, literally, says a report from Electrical Safety First and FACT, one of the UK’s intellectual property protection organisations. Rapid TV News notes that the report, timed just before the peak Christmas buying period, shows that a series of product safety tests on popular illicit streaming devices entering the UK have found that all of them fail to meet national electrical safety regulations, especially regarding their power supplies. In particular, none of the illicit streaming devices that were tested had been supplied, designed or manufactured in accordance with the principal elements of the safety objectives given in Schedule 1 of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994. “FACT stressed that what makes the revelation all the more significant is that the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) estimates that more than a million of these illegal devices have been sold in the UK in the last 2 years, representing a significant risk to the general public. It noted that in June 2017 the EU issued a recall notice for the OTT TV Box 4K, a Chinese-made Kodi box, due to a serious risk of electric shock, and called for owners of the box to stop using it immediately.” Read more

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