Are you secretly indulging in movies and TV shows from other countries with a certain box that shall not be named?
Fine. We're talking about Android TV boxes.
If your answer is yes, you might want to be extra careful about it. Or at least the person who sold you the box.
According to Astro Awani
, four individuals were recently fined for possessing uncertified communication devices
How much? RM70,000 in total!
You can buy a car with that amount of money, all for the sake of some extra programmes. Is it worth it?
The individuals were fined by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
All suspects were charged at the Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur Sessions Courts with having Android TV boxes and AV senders. It seemed obvious that they had the intention to sell the devices.
"The first suspect, Chen Kar Seng, who owned Media Home Enterprise, had 146 uncertified Android TV boxes, to be sold," the commission's enforcement chief Mohd Shafie Harun said in a statement.
"He pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined RM40,000."
In the second case, three individuals who were the owners of MSB Technology (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd sold seven units of AV senders.
The units were uncertified against the standard and bore fake certification labels.
All three of them also pleaded guilty and were fined RM30,000. All the items involved were confiscated by the MCMC for disposal.
So, please guys, only purchase items that have the MCMC logo for your own safety and security (unless you're a crazy rich Asian with RM70,000 as spare change).
Using legal and approved devices also avoids disrupting other communication services.
"To ensure a device is legitimate, consumers can check their status via the Check Your Label mobile app by Sirim (Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia), or online via the https://ecomm.sirim.my
website," Mohd Shafie shared.
Now, it may seem tempting to stream your favourite movies or TV shows, whether from legal or illegal sites, for free or a small fee, this is not the right way to do so.
On the other hand, an AV sender allows users to send TV signals without wires, only radio waves to send the signals using a transmitter and a receiver.
Such devices would encourage piracy and block domains of illegal streaming sites that provide content that breach copyrights and intellectual property laws.