In a market where pay TV is expensive and streaming content is spread across multiple platforms, piracy has become an alternative chosen by many to watch movies and series. Some espertinhos take advantage of that interest, and the Megabox HDTV 4K is an example of a fake product that promises to broadcast 1,200 HD channels, anywhere and without internet.
This type of “product” usually floods the social media feed of many people, with ads that are beyond attractive. In the case of the Megabox HDTV 4K, the technoblog found two websites — one of them with a color palette that refers to the design of a large Brazilian retailer.
The product would have to be miraculous: like a portable digital antenna can you give access to all channels and without paying a monthly fee? It would be even better than a pirated IPTV TV Box, after all the Megabox does not require an internet connection.
The ad tries to explain:
Megabox does not need internet to work and does not depend on parabolic signals. Its satellite connection transmits channels in high definition even in the most isolated places.
It can be installed wherever you find it most convenient, such as behind the TV, on the wall or on the furniture. It has a high adhesion adhesive and easy installation.
Technically, this is not possible. To capture a satellite signal it is necessary to have an antenna positioned outside the residence, pointed towards the sky and connected to a decoder equipment.
It’s just an open TV antenna 🤡
The ad says that the Megabox is compatible with old TVs and smart TVs:
Works on any TV device with HDMI and USB input. Even older televisions have these two inputs, making the Ultrabox universal.
Not what you see in the product photos. In practice, the Megabox is nothing more than an open TV antenna, with a BNC F connector (the one that screws, you know?). The extra detail is a signal amplifier powered by a USB port instead of an electrical outlet. That’s all, nothing else.
Therefore, the Megabox does not require an HDMI port as pointed out in the ad, since you can’t connect a coaxial cable thread to this input. It is technologically impossible to have a TV antenna for HDMI — it would be necessary to connect an external decoder, with remote control and its own interface.
A product like these can work to tune into open TV channels, including Globo, SBT, Band and Record. However, reception is not guaranteed and depends on the broadcasters’ signal coverage.
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Whoever investigates a little more will find the information that the Megabox is sent by suppliers located abroad, a practice also known as dropshipping. Similar antennas can be found in Chinese stores with prices below R$40.
Before purchasing any miracle product, it is important to check the seller’s reputation and pay attention to details. In the case of Megabox HDTV, the stores share identical advertisements and display a Mercado Pago Platinum seal; when closing the order, it is possible to notice that the payment is not processed by the company.
Be suspicious when the site does not provide complete product information and request the user manual and approvals from Anatel, when applicable. Be wary of ad ratings, look for the same product in other stores — especially large retailers — and check out the content of the reports on Reclame Aqui.