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Roku Is Cracking Down on Piracy

It looks like Roku has had enough of non-certified Roku Channels allowing piracy on its devices.

Non-certified Roku Channels enable developers to publicly test Roku Channels before they submit them to the Roku Channel Store. Anyone can create a Roku Channel, and if you know the code you can add it to your Roku bypassing the Roku vetting process.

These codes are popular with Adult Channels such as PornHub because Roku does not allow adult content in the Roku Channel Store but does allow them as a private channel. It also seems to be popular with piracy channels.

Now Roku is making moves to block piracy even in non-certified Roku Channels. Recently 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.

Already several Roku piracy channels have shut down and others have announced plans to pull support; however, still others seem to be waiting it out hoping to go unnoticed.

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 effects Roku Channels you do not find inside the Roku Channel store and have to add with a code.

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14 Responses to Roku Is Cracking Down on Piracy

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    Elizabeth August 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    It’s the same thing YouTube does. It doesn’t really affect viewers unless you’re actively trying to watch pirated videos and someone reports it (which tends to happen).

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    Ron Kendrick August 13, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    They are called “private channels.”

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    Darkman August 13, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    Roku has allowed installation of movie sites that have nudity and sexual content! Why the big deal now?

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      tnk803 August 15, 2017 at 12:15 pm #

      This target unauthorized streams/video content, doesn’t have anything to do with adult content.

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        Jared Byron August 18, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

        some certified porn sites have there own channels on roku

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    Optic August 14, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

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    nofway August 16, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    This and a followup article state: “several third-party Roku channels have announced that they plan to end support for Roku” Can anyone tell us what these channels are? Thank you

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    Holly_Wight August 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    Spoken like someone who only ever owned the cheapest model. I’ve been using Roku devices since the company first came into existence, and I’ve never had problems… But then I don’t buy their cheapest unit. It’s cheaper for a reason.

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      garry brown August 17, 2017 at 11:26 am #

      So you assume I have the cheapest one out there huh. Spoken like a ass who assumes. I could care less what problems you have or have not had Holly this is my experience with said products. Stay in your lane left eye.

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        Carl August 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

        1. You “couldn’t care less”
        2. That’s her right eye, not left.

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          garry brown August 18, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

          When I need advice on anything requiring Carl I will let the straw man know. I also know that is her right eye stupid. I said left eye because I wanted to..see how that works. I also did not ask for your opinion anymore than hers. I say, that surgery hurts, you say it didn’t hurt me. How does it not hurting you have a damn thing to do with it hurting me.

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        LCW731 August 18, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

        And my experience is that firetv is bad for the same reason you outlined for Roku. Everyone has different experiences. What makes it bad for you may be perfectly fine for someone else. Making blanket statements don’t help anyone, especially new people seeking input to make their decisions.

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          garry brown August 19, 2017 at 11:59 am #

          Your statement is a blanket statement because that’s your opinion. Once again dense ones in your experience means nada to my personal experience. Me telling my results no more deters someone from buying a product than you telling yours guarantees they will buy it. Same words for you…when I need another man to tell me what to personally do I will call one.