Why you shouldn’t buy a pre-loaded Android Box or Hacked Amazon Fire

Recently there have been seemingly hundreds of Android box pre-loaded with Kodi, or so called ‘hacked’ Fire TV sticks with Kodi loaded on. Sellers advertise these boxes as ‘Free TV’ and some even claim that they’re totally legal.  The version of Kodi that these boxes are running are known by the Kodi community as ‘builds’, and they’re basically all bad news.

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a Kodi Build Example

Let’s leave aside issues of legality for a minute, and say that you’re wanting to stream free films and TV shows to an Android box – there are loads of add-ons that allow you to do that, but only a few good ones, and add-ons that work perfectly today may not work tomorrow. The problem with pre-loaded Kodi boxes is that the sellers install every add-on under the sun, which makes the system bloated and slow, and before long the add-ons will stop working and you’ll be left with a broken, useless system.

Also, the software an add-ons used in these boxes aren’t difficult to install at all. Kodi is free, open source software and you can install it onto Android Fire sticks or Android TV boxes yourself without buying ‘hacked’ devices

If you want to use Kodi add-ons, you’ll need to know how to install working add-ons, uninstall broken add-ons and maintain add-ons that you’re currently using. If you want to use streaming add-ons, you’ll need to know how to do it yourself. If you buy a pre-loaded Android box, and you don’t know how to use it, before long the box will be useless to you.

Another thing to consider is that these systems are put together buy some shifty characters.  They’re installing Kodi and some Kodi add-ons, but there’s no way to know what other software they’ve installed. Your home network may be monitored and your personal details may be logged. If you care about your privacy, it may not be a good idea to buy a pre-loaded boxes.

ALSO IT’S ILLEGAL YOU GUYS. They’re have been a crackdown on pubs streaming live sports recently, and big sellers of these boxes are being prosecuted. If you want to cut the cord, you can use free services like BBC iPlayer, All 4 or ITV Hub, or you can sign up for low-cost services like Netflix or NOW TV to access premium content. If you want a box to do this, check out our guide to cord cutting devices.

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