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Roku Again Shuts Down XTV for Piracy


Back in early August Roku made it clear that it intended to remove any service that pirates content from its devices. Now it looks like Roku and the FBI has shutdown XTV.

A few weeks ago XTV was pulled by Roku but quickly resubmit as XTV2. Now if you use that Roku Channel you get a FBI logo followed by this warning:

Credit: Mr Hanneman

This seems to be part of Rokus effort to clean up piracy on their player. To make this clear Roku added the following warning, which anyone who tries to add a non-certified Roku channel sees:

THIS IS A NON-CERTIFIED CHANNEL. Roku requires all channels to abide by Roku’s terms and conditions and to distribute only legal content. Roku does not test or review non-certified channels. By continuing, you acknowledge you are accessing a non-certified channel that may include content that is offensive or inappropriate for some audiences. Moreover, if Roku determines that this channel violates copyright, contains illegal content, or otherwise violates Roku’s terms and conditions, then ROKU MAY REMOVE THIS CHANNEL WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

Roku is also adding new requirements to upload a channel to Roku. These new requirements seem aimed at making developers identify themselves. Now if you want to submit a Roku channel you must do the following:

  1. use a verified email address,
  2. link at least one Roku device to their account, and
  3. have a payment method on file.

This all comes after Roku got caught up in a lawsuit in Mexico about non-certified Roku channels that allow piracy. Because of the lawsuit that targeted the creators of the Roku channels, a Mexican court banned all sales in Mexico. Roku is still fighting the ban of Roku sales in Mexico, but at this time the ban is still in place.

If you are just adding Roku channels from the Roku Channel Store you have nothing to worry about. This change only affects Roku channels you do not find inside the Roku Channel Store and have to add with a code.

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  • Brian

    When you buy a device like ROKU you expect the content to be legal, if you want illegal you would go for a android box

    • TheJrockfreak .

      Not necessarily, because when I first got my Roku some of the first apps I added were stuff like xtv even before I I got stuff like crackle

    • Cooper McChester

      Some people like the Android boxes because they have a UI that they are used to because of their phones. I have found a few that do not like that you have to give Roku a credit card number at setup. Android boxes support many web browsers. You can do online banking and other things on a android box.. I like my Rokus but they do have huge limitations

      • patrick

        They try to hide it, but you do not need a credit card to set up a roku. just go here. https://my.roku.com/signup/nocc

        • Cooper McChester

          Thanks, “I” have no problem giving them my CC but if I see someone who does, I will give them the link

          • patrick

            I prefer not to provide a Credit Card, not because I am opposed to it, but it keeps you from accidentally purchasing something. If no Credit Card is on file, you can’t accidentally make a purchase.

  • Joseph ewing

    I have no problem with this.

    Content providers wish to protect their investment and property, and Roku wishes to protect their reputation and ability to sell their products worldwide.

    I’m actually surprised that Amazon hasn’t done anything about locking down the Fire TV products.

    • Robert Beier

      I hope they don’t. I side load Kodi onto my Fire TV. But I don’t do it for access to illegal content; in fact, I don’t load any of those add-ons. I do it for the NextPVR add on to watch stuff from my antenna.

      • Joseph ewing

        I know many like you.

        However, if Kodi doesn’t take steps to block illegal add-ons, Amazon may not have a choice.

        Since Amazon has HUGE pockets, they are ripe for lawsuits from the MPAA and others.

        • mau47

          I think the big difference between Roku and Amazon here is that with Roku the channels are still being loaded by them, so at some point along the line Roku has to have its hand in the process. With the Fire TV (and Android tv) you can side load apps without the app ever passing through their hands so they have plausible deniability since side loading is necessary for testing apps etc. Amazon did remove Kodi from the store which is probably about as far as they will go unless their hand is forced.

          • CordKutter

            There is away to side load on Roku if you really need to. You just have to put it in developer’s mode. it is no secret, Roku have it on their developer’s site.

        • Jenna Alis Saunders

          Kodi is open source, they can do little to block the illegal add-ons. However those add-ons will never be officially supported so therefore the MPAA can do nothing to Kodi or Amazon. if you think otherwise you really aren’t looking at the whole situation. the MPAA and I suspect RIAA will likely get on board to go after the creators of the illegal add-ons. Amazon and Kodi themselves are completely above board legal

    • Jenna Alis Saunders

      XTV was riddled with sketchy stuff, much of which was most certainly illegal. XTV-2 had nothing illegal on it and Roku should have actually checked the channel. I suspect they only looked at the icon and thought it was the same exact thing. the creator should have used a different icon

  • Anonymous Donor

    Roku seems intent on cutting their own throats. 90% of their channels have.the same public domain content on them. How many times can you watch 10 episodes of Andy Griffith, and 12 episodes of Bonanza ? Seems like another case of the top dog getting scared about staying there and changing the things that put them in that position in the first place.

  • Patricia Pritchett Cooke

    There was nothing left on xtv2–I’m sorry because I loved xtv–So what wil happen with ccloud?

  • Jenna Alis Saunders

    not sure I’m understanding what happened here, there was nothing illegal on XTV-2 and he was pretty clear he wouldn’t be allowing anymore illegal anything so not sure I understand why they got hit with an FBI warning. he should have just submitted the new legal one to Roku for review, then this wouldnt have happened