July 11, 2017
Exactly three months ago, UK tabloid The Sun announced that eBay had “banned TV boxes that allow Brits to stream sports and films for free.” But today, eBay still seems to be the platform of choice for box sellers, despite rightsholders having full access to takedown programs.
Over the past twelve months, the sale of ‘pirate’ set-top devices in the UK has reached epidemic proportions.
Augmented Kodi setups are now the talk of both the Internet and the street, with unauthorized streaming sources now commonplace in British homes.
Many of these devices, which are often Android-based, were sold through platforms such as eBay and Amazon. Buyers have been spoilt for choice, with every hardware format and software configuration just a few clicks and a quick delivery away. However, at the end of March, things appeared to change.
As first reported by TF, Amazon updated its terms and conditions to effectively ban any devices capable of, or even suggesting, infringing purposes.
“Products offered for sale on Amazon should not promote, suggest the facilitation of, or actively enable the infringement of or unauthorized access to digital media or other protected content,” the policy reads.