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Topic # 204902 22-Oct-2016 07:54
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Hi all,

 

I'm wanting to ditch my New Zeakand Sky TV subscription, and buy the Streamsmart Pro for $650 on Trade me. Is it worth it please, our family watches alot of sport, rugby, cricket etc. Has anyone purchased one of these, how impressive are they, it's alot of money so it better work as stated.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 

 

 


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  Reply # 1656071 22-Oct-2016 08:28
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They're a scam - look at this thread.

 

Basically a $60 Android streaming box imported from Aliexpress rebadged with dodgy firmware.





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  Reply # 1656076 22-Oct-2016 08:35
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totally illegal.  I reported both listings to trademe.

 

 

 

if you want to do it yourself, thats your business, i'm not bothered by it.  but if someone is selling this as "their service/product" then yeah I'll report them and do what I can to stop it.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1656088 22-Oct-2016 09:06
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Also reported..

 

+1 to what Reven said. I have no moral objection to individuals settings things up themselves and doing it, but piracy for profit crosses my moral line in the sand.





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  Reply # 1656402 23-Oct-2016 02:00
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Some of these devices are sold via dealers as affiliates with year long paid subscriptions to a 3rd party iptv provider included hence the inflated pricing.

 

Anyone who uses Kodi will know that  the so called big name sports channels in the free addons usually crap themselves as soon as any major events are on they overload and no amount of mbits at the users end will make any difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1656435 23-Oct-2016 08:06
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Agree with all the above. Even if this works as advertised initially, which is doubtful, it is not a viable long-term solution. 

 

 





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  Reply # 1656743 23-Oct-2016 23:01
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latest from the u.k

 


Another man in court for selling 'Kodi' boxes that illegally show Sky and BT Sports
 
From http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/another-man-court-selling-kodi-12061662

 

Anthony Ayre, 32, had advertised the TV boxes on Facebook with 'all channels for £100'

 

TV 'Kodi' boxes were among the items offered for sale by Anthony Ayre

 

Another man has been before the courts for selling TV boxes which allow viewers to illegally watch Sky and BT Sports.

 

Anthony Ayre, 32, advertised the devices on Facebook - and also sold fake football shirts and designer handbags, clothing and jewellery.

 

Ayre received a six week sentence, suspended for six months, at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

 

It is the latest case of people being hauled before the courts after trying to get round subscription TV rules.

 

Earlier this month, the firm which owns the Navigation pub near the Riverside Stadium were fined £8,000 for showing a Boro game on a ‘Kodi’ box, instead of paying for a Sky Sports subscription.

 

Navigation court case prompts warning that Kodi box users could face UNLIMITED fines

 

And last month Kodi box dealer Brian Thompson denied selling the boxes ‘pre-loaded’ at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in what was thought to be the first prosecution of its kind.

 

The TV boxes stream content - including sports and movies - from the internet, and are attractive as they are much cheaper than a Sky subscription.

 

In the latest case Ayre, of Dene Road, Blackhall, near Hartlepool , was taken to court by Durham County Council for ten counts of breaching trademark and copyright laws.

 

The court heard how Ayre had been using Facebook to sell the TV devices, which were found to contain the illegal software which allows access to subscription channels without having to sign up.

 

Investigations revealed that Ayre said he had TV boxes with all channels for £100 and could supply items including trademark handbags, purses, jewellery and make-up sets.

 

A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home in November last year and around 40 TV devices were seized, as well as a number of suspected counterfeit items.

 

The defendant voluntarily attended an interview and replied “no comment” to most questions.

 

The TV boxes seized from Ayre’s home were examined by the regional trading standards Scambusters Team before being forwarded to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) for further assessment.

 

FACT found that the TV devices had the ability to access copyright infringing content from providers such as Sky and BT.

 

Nike trainers, MAC make-up sets, Michael Kors merchandise and a Sunderland football shirt were also discovered to be fakes.

 

In court, Ayre pleaded guilty to the charges with the court hearing he is of previous good character.

 

He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1656783 24-Oct-2016 07:59
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Sounds very dodgy to me 

 

 


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  Reply # 1656784 24-Oct-2016 08:04
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gez he's been selling those on trademe for over a year.  TM doesnt seem to care.


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  Reply # 1656815 24-Oct-2016 10:15
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reven: gez he's been selling those on trademe for over a year.  TM doesnt seem to care. 

 

Sky NZ obviously don't either.


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  Reply # 1656836 24-Oct-2016 11:22
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No wonder the kodi team are getting annoyed with this sort of thing.
The problem being that they have allowed very flexible access to their system via add-ons that users can code/build.
Used to be quite innocent features that were being written.
But the add-ons are now being used for accessing illegal content and the whole thing lends itself very nicely to being wrapped up in an 'attractive' package.
There is already a locked down version of kodi called mrmc that is officially allowed in the Amazon store. They allow it because the add-ons part of kodi is disabled. It costs a few dollars to buy.

Kodi is, in itself, a really great media player. It will be a huge shame if opportunistic sharks kill it...




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  Reply # 1656873 24-Oct-2016 11:36
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I wonder if it will get to the point of where Kodi has to approve the add-ons before they can be installed.

 

If i was them i would be looking very hard at this as it's their name that gets linked to it all.

 

Even that bye bye sky group in NZ has one of their screens showing "kodi" when you are looking at latest movies etc.


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  Reply # 1656874 24-Oct-2016 11:40
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tripp:

 

I wonder if it will get to the point of where Kodi has to approve the add-ons before they can be installed.

 

If i was them i would be looking very hard at this as it's their name that gets linked to it all.

 

Even that bye bye sky group in NZ has one of their screens showing "kodi" when you are looking at latest movies etc.

 

 

i doubt they will.   they trademarked the name "kodi" so can send take down orders to places that advertise it.  but if they couldnt make it so only approved addons could be used (how would you develop a plugin then?? it wouldnt be approved, so it wouldnt load, so you have to have a way to have one installed that isnt approved, so any can be installed that way).  also there are addons loke PlexKodiConnect that cant be put into the kodi repo due to the fact it alters the kodi database, but its perfectly fine, just alters your db so you can connect to Plex.


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  Reply # 1656877 24-Oct-2016 11:55
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Kodi is free/donate.
They dont have the funds or resources to set up their own market site (like Apple/google play).
Short of locking off add-ons completely I am not sure what they can really do.
There are many really good and useful (and perfectly legal) add-ons. The user's of those would not want to be penalised.




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  Reply # 1657438 25-Oct-2016 13:34
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For almost half that amount you could get an Apple TV4 - that's been my Sky killer. I can use it as a Plex client, stream free to air live TV from around the world using the TVStreams app (about $5), watch Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Fanpass, TVNZ, lightbox, Aussie channels, BBC (either via a native app or Airplay) and I haven't missed Sky one bit. Or you can get a Raspberry Pi pre-loaded with Kodi even cheaper than that. If you pop on over to the HTPC thread there's lots of info about different devices.





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  Reply # 1663492 3-Nov-2016 21:47
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michaelmurfy:

 

They're a scam - look at this thread.

 

Basically a $60 Android streaming box imported from Aliexpress rebadged with dodgy firmware.

 

 

That thread seems to be about a box from Streaming Boxes NZ but the OP is about a box from StreamSmart. StreamSmart do mention the other company but just in a comparison page. The Stream Smart box claims to have a one-off subscription included for premium add-ons included in the price. Two boxes, one $480, the other $650. The latter seems to have a faster processor and more memory.

 

So I'm not clear, are we being warned off the Streaming Boxes NZ offering, the StreamSmart offerings or both? The only other similar box I can find is this one.

 

Are there any recommendations for a box or solution for viewing TV programmes (in my case, this needs to include many of the NZ produced TV programmes) over the Net? I'm having trouble with my old Magic TV box and thought IPTV would be a good solution.


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