MCMC warns Android TV box sellers against misuse of label

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued a warning to Android TV box suppliers and sellers, telling them not to misuse the MCMC label on the boxes to depict MCMC legally authorising the sale of SIRIM-certified Android TV boxes for streaming and downloading illegally downloaded content.

According to a statement on its official Twitter and Facebook accounts, MCMC said the SIRIM and MCMC certification labels on the Android TV box do not constitute approval of any application for illegal streaming and downloading of movies, dramas or any content. The labels only signify compliance with the wifi and bluetooth modules to the technical standards enforced by the MCMC.

MCMC said it would take action against such misuse of the label, which includes cancellation of the Android TV box certification and recalling all Android TV boxes that have been sold and marketed. MCMC also warns the public not to be fooled by sellers who sell Android TV boxes that contain an application or with a copyrighted content streaming service package, citing that it is illegal to do so and will be viewed as a criminal offence. MCMC encourages the public to use the "Check Your Label" mobile application or its online certification website to ensure the Android TV box they are purchasing is valid and certified.


Additionally, MCMC has issued a RM67k fine on four counts of buying and selling unsecured Android TV boxes between October 2018 and January 2020. In July 2019, communications provider company LC Marketing Network Media was fined RM15k while two of its directors were both fined RM10k each. This comes after the directors pleaded guilty for owning 79 units of non-certified Android TV boxes of various models, with the intention to sell them at Digital Mall in Petaling Jaya.

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