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Roku Removes USTVNOW at The Request of The “Content Rights Owner”

For years there has been a great debate over the legality of USTVNOW a service that streams live feeds of many cable and local networks. The service is promoted as a streaming service for Americans living overseas and US Military but anyone could signup for USTVNOW even if they are living in the United States.

This week the USTVNOW Roku Private Channel was pulled down and USTVNOW has not made any statement as to why their Roku Channel. Now Roku has come out with an offical statement on their forums about why USTVNOW was removed from Roku Devices. According to Roku, the channel was removed because “Roku has been asked to remove this channel by the content rights owner.”

This all comes as Roku once again loses an effort to sell their streaming players in Mexico over piracy concerns. Now it looks like Roku is once again working to shut down any Roku Channel official or unofficial that is seen a piracy. 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.

Now it looks like Roku is once again trying to do something so they can get rights to sell their Roku players in Mexico.

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