Showbox is one of the most popular third-party media streaming services which offers tons of content to users without any cost. It is regarded as a great alternative to subscription-based video streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime where it offers free audio-visual content without any account and advertisements. It also offers a smooth user interface and easy navigation. The service indexes a number of different torrent clients and sites to stream content and features a massive library of movies and TV series.
Showbox has completely stopped working as the majority of servers from where it pulls the stream has stopped functioning. When users try to play any content using the app, a black screen pops up displaying an error message. Also, it may give an error when launching the application.
As you may already be aware, Showbox allowed users to stream illegal video content which was against the law. A number of production houses and television distributors have filed a lawsuit against the streaming service for providing illegal content over the web. There have also been lawsuits against the websites that particularly promoted Showbox. This has forced the developers and promoters to finally shut down the services.
NEWS: #ShowBox servers got hit hard due to security issues we had, these have been resolved. But the bad news is ShowBox got hit with big legal issues that cannot be resolved. Due to this we are still working hard to find a way through this but it is going to take a lot of time🙁— Show Box App (@RealShowBox) December 6, 2019
As of this year, there hasn't been any news or update on the streaming service, but their latest tweet from last December suggested that it might actually make a comeback, which could be a long time though. However, one should also note that this isn't the first time they have discontinued the service. Two years ago, there were a number of reports from users claiming that they weren't able to use the app, and it was widely noted that Showbox had been shut down at the time. Nevertheless, it made a comeback.
A number of websites that promoted the Showbox app are now displaying a warning message to users stating that the streaming platform is not a legitimate tool for watching copyright-protected content and that the movie studios will be able to see the user's IP address and their entire viewing history which may lead to legal troubles for copyright infringement.
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