Roku Ultra 2017

Mexico Court Upholds Their Nationwide Ban on Roku Streaming Players

Well, it seems that Roku has once again been dealt a major blow in their efforts to sell in Mexico. In the summer of 2017 the Fourteenth District Judge in Civil Matters in Mexico City determined to permanently restrain Roku throughout the national territory, both in the sale and distribution of the device of this company.

This all comes from a case Cablevision started against some unofficial 3rd party Roku Channel makers in Mexico. They accuse them of making apps for Roku Players that can be used to pirate their content. A few weeks ago Cablevision won a temporary ban on the sale of Roku players in Mexico. That ban was briefly overturned on appeal but now Roku has lost two court cases in a row. Now ban on the sale of Roku players has been made permanent in Mexico.

Roku, Walmart, Best Buy, Office Depot, Radio Shack, and more have all been fighting to have Roku players put back on sale again but once again last week federal judges in Mexico City and Torreón decided to keep the original suspension in place.

“It is necessary for Roku to make adjustments to its software, as other online content distribution platforms do, so that violations of copyrighted content do not take place,”  according to a  Cablevision spokesperson.

When this all first happened Roku released this statement: “It is unfortunate that Cablevisión is affecting Roku in its efforts to combat pirate content. Roku is not the cause, nor the source of piracy that is carried out by third parties illegally in Mexico. Banning the sale of Roku devices will not stop this illegal activity, which is spread by devices connected to the network. However, this blocking will directly affect Mexican consumers who want to buy a Roku device to see great content, legal, on their television, at affordable prices, “said Roku’s legal counsel Mario Antonio Gonzalez Martinez on the case.

Roku has recently been cracking down on piracy. Most recently Roku has been banning any channel they see as a source for piracy and making it harder to add private channels to Roku players. Yet this seems to have not been enough for the courts who have upheld their ruling.

Look for Roku to continue to fight to get back into Mexico yet, for now, it looks like they will have to wait a bit longer.

Source: Torrent Freak 

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