Device that turns PC into porn tv on sale in China

January 17th, 2011 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Shanghai, Jan 17 (IANS) Pornography from around the world for free is the promise of vendors selling a new device at one of the popular markets of electronic products in China’s business hub of Shanghai.Customers who buy the device are told that the television USB flash drive can receive pornographic channels, reports the Shangahi Daily.

Once plugged into a computer, a television USB flash drive automatically scans the internet for more than 5,000 channels across the world, including news, sport and movies.

On Qiujiang Road, one of Shanghai’s most popular locations for electrical products, these drives are being sold by dozens of vendors with their prices ranging from 30 ($4.50) to 180 yuan, depending on the quality and number of channels received.

But some vendors also offer “special” TV USB drives that specifically scan adult channels with pornographic or extreme violence content. Such products may cost 200 yuan.

Some vendors have even started bundling these with illegally modified WLAN cards that crack other Wi-Fi users’ accounts to provide free internet access.

On the country’s biggest online trading platform, Taobao.com, one Shenzhen-based vendor started to sell the pornographic TV USB drives several days ago.

Using pictures of scantily clad women to attract customers, the retailer hinted that men would especially like the channels that were on offer.

The Shanghai Daily tested a 100-yuan product said to be able to scan all the news channels across the world.

The software worked, as it started to scan and buffer seconds after plugged in to a computer, the videos could only be played in a small video player and picture quality was poor.

While some vendors claim that the USB drives has internal antennae to boost a signal, despite dismantling the device, Shanghai Daily could find no trace of this.

Instead the USB drives are standard flash disks with special software that may also be downloaded and used on computers with internet access.

Shanghai lawyer Chen Jianbo warned that selling these products violated the county’s law in spreading pornography.

Another lawyer, Li Li, said there were still no laws in regulating the online broadcasting of foreign television programs, which allowed such products to surface.

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