In the beginning of May, a Carrefour store was caught publicizing a box with Android that “unlocks more than 8 thousand channels” of pay TV. The retail chain was scolded by ABTA (Brazilian Pay-TV Association) about the “gatonet” and met with representatives from Anatel, Ancine and the Federal Police to adopt measures to combat piracy in physical units and in the online marketplace.
According to the Technology, a Carrefour salesman in Tatuapé, east of São Paulo, announced a R $ 600 “TV box” by microphone that promised to release more than 8 thousand pay TV channels without subscription, in addition to giving access to series and films like Avengers: Endgame. This occurred on May 4.
The set-top box is called TX2 and doesn’t necessarily have to be used for piracy: it runs Android and allows streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube Premium through a subscription.
However, the feature of unlocked channels was not only available in the TX2 box, but the gatonet was used as a differentiator by the seller at Carrefour. In a statement, the retailer says that the device “aims to allow connection to websites and applications by a regular television; the company repudiates the misuse of the equipment outside this original purpose ”.
ABTA criticized the practice of “large retail stores” in selling pirated equipment, and says that the “war against this crime” is an “ethical and moral obligation of all companies to Brazilian society”.
Carrefour removes TV box from stores and online marketplace
On the 22nd, Carrefour held a meeting with representatives from Anatel, Ancine and the Federal Police to “adopt measures to prevent the exposure, in their stores and in electronic commerce, of products that are not approved and that promote pay-TV piracy”.
According to Carrefour, the sale of the set-top box was made at a kiosk operated by a third party. The retailer says it has removed all pirated equipment from its stores; and that it will pass on the guidelines received from Anatel and Ancine to its suppliers and major manufacturers.
Ancine also asked that Carrefour remove ads for pirated devices from its marketplace on the internet. O Tecnoblog found that advertisements mentioning the term “TV box” still appear in the search; however, when clicked, they lead to an error page.
This is the description that appeared in one of the ads highlighted above (via google cache):
Now, you are faced with an error message when clicking on the ad:
The other ads in the “TV Receiver and Transmitter” category on the Carrefour marketplace – without the term TV box – do not mention anything about unblocking channels. Instead, these set-top boxes promise only to “turn your regular TV into a smart TV” with access to Netflix, YouTube, Kodi and other Android apps.
Of course, channel unblockers continue to be sold on the internet, as you can see in the print below the Mercado Livre; that is, the work of the inspection agencies must continue.