TeaTV is a free Android app that has become popular all over the world for streaming TV shows and movies. The free APK app can be installed on any Android tablet or smartphone. It can also easily be installed on a Firestick, Fire TV, Android TVs, or Android TV set-top boxes.
The ease with which TeaTV can be installed - and the abundance of 1080p content that it provides access to - has made the app extremely popular. But is TeaTV legal? And is it safe to use?
Is TeaTV safe?
In addition to the danger of fines or prosecutions for piracy, it is possible that you could accidentally download a virus via TeaTV. This is because TeaTV doesn’t actually host any of the content you access.
TeaTV (and other similar services) connect their users to third-party video repositories that contain the actual content. That content could theoretically be infected with malware or other exploits. For this reason, if you use TeaTV to download rather than stream content - you could end up infected with a virus.
Other people have reported being infected with Spyware when they download and install the desktop version of the TeaTV app. For this reason, it is always worth checking the installer or APK file using Malwarebytes or some other anti-virus.
Is Tea TV legal?
The only way to watch video content legally for free is to watch it when it is broadcast on network tv - or streamed on an official online service. If you download or stream a movie from an unofficial repository, you are engaging in copyright piracy.
The entertainment industry is applying extra pressure on governments to ensure that piracy is taken care of.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in most countries are ordered by the government to block access to illegal streaming repositories.
The European Court of Justice ruled that streaming is just as illegal as downloading. As a result, ISPs are working hard to spot copyright pirates, and are actively working with copyright holders to uphold the law.
In the US, the Trump administration’s decision to permit ISPs to sell consumer data to third parties gives copyright holders the ability to purchase the names and addresses of consumers whose IP addresses are suspected of copyright piracy.
For this reason, it is unwise to use those Android apps (and you always do so at your own risk) unless you use a Virtual Private Network.
Is Terrarium TV safe?
If you are thinking about using Terrarium TV, Morpheus TV, BeeTV, Cyberflix TV, Mobdro, ShowBox, or Playbox HD - all the above remains true.
All of those services are unofficial video content repositories - which means that using any one of them is illegal. As a result, you could be fined or prosecuted for engaging in their use.
How to stay safe when using TeaTV
Anybody who decides to use TeaTV would be unwise to do so without the privacy of a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
A VPN is an online subscription service that provides digital privacy by encrypting all the data coming and going from your devices. A VPN also stops ISPs, governments, copyright holders, and the websites you visit, from being able to track your real IP address (which could easily be used to track you down at a later date).
A VPN ensures that everything you do online is private, which means that nobody will ever know what you do online (including using TeaTV if you decide to do so).