Rumors and confusions surrounding Showbox app currently
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Update (December 17):
Team Showbox has revealed the most watched show ever since the app started working a couple of weeks back. Details here.
Original story follows:
Showbox was in news late last month when it came to light the popular Android app has stopped working completely. Given that a similar free streaming app MovieBox (for iOS) got shut down nearly the same time, the situation surrounding Showbox quickly gave birth to rumors that the app is being shut down as well.
Add to this the ongoing legal issues the app and its distributors have been dealing with for months, everyone was pretty much convinced the app is gone. But like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the app developers confirmed in the first week of December that the service is back.
But after this week of uncertainty – spanning November end and December beginning – which the app went through, a lot of things changed for users. For example, despite developers coming out publicly to announce that Showbox is back, a lot of users still aren’t aware of this development.
Use to fuck with showbox APP till it stoped working. You could watch ANY show on there. Literally. From throwback cartoons. Via. Dragon ball Z to power, shameless, ..etc.
— MIᄃΉΛΣᄂ ΛПGΣᄂӨ (@CatalystMartyr) December 15, 2018
Hey guys Showbox is now gone but I have this new app called teatv now I can watch my favorite movies and TV shows again if you need a replacement for Showbox download teatv #SHOWBOX #teatv pic.twitter.com/0CPTv7i5j4
— Isaiah Munoz (@Isaiah_Munoz_05) December 13, 2018
Really? Gutted. It had such a good run though and lasted much longer than I ever thought it would.
— Sam (@samm__33) December 9, 2018
Showbox is dead, happened a couple weeks ago
— Patrick Menke (@patofwgkta420) December 9, 2018
— Carwyn (@Carwyn_2904) December 5, 2018
Ok folks kodi is for private users mainly now showbox gone terrarium gone u see the trend here. The days of frustrating freebies are gone this is the future all this for a 5er a month get intouch midweek for a trial all ppv 3pm kick offs and stuff for the Mrs and kids too get it pic.twitter.com/YJvjEQ42KH
— Inviteonlyiptv (@inviteonlyiptv) December 13, 2018
And if that’s not enough, given the media coverage (2) on how using Showbox can land you (yes you, the end user) in legal trouble, it’s reasonable to assume a significant number of existing users would now be worried about their safety.
Is the new #showbox update safe 2 do don't wanna install it n get a lawsuit
— … (@Bordering_crazy) December 4, 2018
#showbox My only concern is it safe. Will we all get sued if we use it.
— Paul Newman (@pnewman679) December 4, 2018
If you take a look at over Reddit, you’ll find multiple threads discussing an ongoing rumor that Feds now have control over the app’s servers and they are actively monitoring users of the app.
Though this rumor is currently baseless, what adds more fuel to this fire is the fact that websites distributing the Showbox app have been showing warnings similar to the following:
Show Box is NOT a legitimate software platform for viewing Copyright protected movies. If you use ShowBoxApp to view copyrighted movies, the movie studios may be able to see your IP address and your viewing history. Using ShowBox App to watch copyright protected movies, for which you do not have a license, is illegal and subjects you to liability for copyright infringement. Movie studios are cracking down on illegal downloading and are filing lawsuits against users of ShowBox app. Websites that promote and/or distribute ShowBox are also being pursued by the movie studios for promoting illegal activity. It is not worth the trouble!
Also for what it’s worth, @realshowbox, which claims is the official ShowBox Twitter account, said the day the app was back that users should access the service through VPN to avoid legal issues.
To clarify your old download version will not work, unfortunately you will have to download through third party sites or apps. But do this at your own risk. (You may want to use a vpn to get yourself from legal trouble!)
— Show Box App (@RealShowBox) December 3, 2018
But a few days later the account tweeted no VPN is required now, without offering any explanation on their change in stance.
… And no you do not need to use a vpn to watch or go on #ShowBox at the moment ! 🙂
— Show Box App (@RealShowBox) December 6, 2018
Some users are still willing to take the risk, but many among them are not sure where to download the latest updated app from, despite @realshowbox Twitter account publicly endorsing Aptoide.
If there are problems with the #Showbox app you have at this current time you may want to delete it and try another source of download, we recommend aptoide as they are usually reliable and safe!
— Show Box App (@RealShowBox) December 5, 2018
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