Is it legal?
TV4ever for Chrome is Dead
Google has killed off all Chrome Web Apps. Tv4ever 1.x for Chrome was a web app. It will never work again.
TV4ever supports more than 1.000 sites including
VCRs and DVRs have been met with a bit of litigation over the years. But in most countries on earth you can record what you like for private use. That is: no redistribution of recorded content. Not even on Youtube or Facebook.
The EU is decidedly not keen on geoblocking. But in other parts of the world you'll find states that are opposed to VPN functionality. Usually dictatorships. But you should mostly worry about those if you choose to go there with some VPN software on your laptop - or if you live there.
It should be within your rights to use TV4ever in Europe. It's mostly people living in dictatorships that should check the law one more time before installing TV4ever.
That said, we've used Tv4ever to watch danish tv while on holiday in Turkey (a dictatorship with government-imposed censorship). But we promise we did not use it to listen to the satirical Erdogan - The Musical.
Long story short: if you live in a dictatorship, check the laws carefully. If you're in Europe it's well within your rights to employ a modern day VCR.
What about recording stuff off of Youtube and Netflix?
TV4ever will not be able to record Youtube videos. Because of a legal requirement in the Google Web Store. If TV4ever was to record Youtube videoes, it would be expelled from the Google Web Store - the store you know and trust.
Netflix is a subscription video on demand service and as such not of interest to TV4ever. TV4ever is aimed at recording freely available stuff. As they say You Can Record Movies Off Netflix, Or Music Off Spotify, But You’re Not Allowed To.
TV4ever is sniffing for tv streams (video and audio) whereever it goes. We're still in the discovery phase as to which sites TV4ever works with.
Does it come as hardware?
Maybe, at some point. We've made a demo.
Origin of TV4ever
Martin and Steven wanted to record dr.dk - the national broadcaster in Denmark - using the laptop instead of a DVR, DVB box or tv of some kind.
Martin wisely chose to do the software as a Chrome extension and they soon found out it could be used all over the world.
There are probably more.