Using an illegal Kodi box could not only land you a spell in jail – it could also kill you.
That's according to Electrical Safety First, the UK's electrical safety experts. They tested nine popular but illegal Kodi boxes, and found that they all failed to meet electrical equipment safety standards.
Which means they pose a serious risk of fire and electric shock.
If a device was to malfunction, it could cause "a fire to break out, causing severe property damage and even fatalities, and of course fatalities from electric shock," Steve Curtler, Electrical Safety First's product safety manager, told The Independent.
"We urge anyone with one of these devices to unplug it and stop using it immediately," he went on. "Not only are these devices breaking the law, but they could be putting your loved ones at risk."
He also advised against buying such illegal boxes as Christmas presents.
In the UK, there are an estimated one million illicit streaming devices intended for use with the Kodi online service in use. The Kodi software itself isn't illegal, but third-party add-ons designed to give easy access to illegal streams are very much so. As are so-called 'fully-loaded' Kodi boxes – i.e. those that come preinstalled with such add-ons.
Remember, when buying any kind of electronics, always look for the CE mark to make sure they meet safety standards.
Source: The Independent