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Roku Gets Tough On Pirate Channels, Warns Users (torrentfreak.com) 79

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Earlier this year Roku was harshly confronted with this new piracy crackdown when a Mexican court ordered local retailers to take its media player off the shelves. While this legal battle isn't over yet, it was clear to Roku that misuse of its platform wasn't without consequences. While Roku never permitted any infringing content, it appears that the company has recently made some adjustments to better deal with the problem, or at least clarify its stance. Pirate content generally doesn't show up in the official Roku Channel Store but is directly loaded onto the device through third-party "private" channels. A few weeks ago, Roku renamed these "private" channels to "non-certified" channels, while making it very clear that copyright infringement is not allowed. A "WARNING!" message that pops up during the installation of these third-party channels stresses that Roku has no control over the content. In addition, the company notes that these channels may be removed if it links to copyright infringing content.

"By continuing, you acknowledge you are accessing a non-certified channel that may include content that is offensive or inappropriate for some audiences," Roku's warning reads. "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."

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Roku Gets Tough On Pirate Channels, Warns Users

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  • Never buy or use a Roku, lots of better choices that you can actually control and own.

    Fire is just an Android computer, pave it over and it's truly yours.

    Or install your favorite OS on a miniPC.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Don't you mean copyright infringement?

    Nobody is getting kidnapped, robbed and murdered on the high seas. Using the word "Piracy" just frames the argument to the favor of copyright holders.

    • by Motard ( 1553251 )

      Don't you mean copyright infringement?

      Nobody is getting kidnapped, robbed and murdered on the high seas. Using the word "Piracy" just frames the argument to the favor of copyright holders.

      I believe you mean 'freedom infringement', 'property infringement', or 'life infringement'. The words you used frame the arguments to favor freedom holders, property holders, or life holders.

    • You're a few hundred years too late for discussion about the semantics in use here - go pet a puppy instead, it will be more productive.

    • We lost that battle years ago. Language has moved on. There are a great number of words that don't mean what they used to. Peruse, literally, retard, cool, egregious, let, etc.
  • by Ichijo ( 607641 ) on Wednesday August 16, 2017 @08:12PM (#55030599) Journal

    I love my Rokus. I have two of them, a first generation model and a new Premiere+. The Premiere+ is pretty nice. Most video files I throw at it play natively without transcoding, unlike my iPad and Android phone (Nexus 6P).

    But Roku the company has always been confused about their role in the channel space. They want to be your cable company but they don't want any part in making sure their channels are high quality (similar to Google's historical role in the Android apps space) or even if they work properly, preferring to shift the blame onto the channel's authors. In fact, I once suggested in their online forum that they could automate the checking of each channel's videostreams as a way to determine which channels should be removed from the channel store, but they temporarily banned me and then locked the thread because my suggestion was "not welcomed."

    So it's nice to hear that they're taking a more active approach to ensuring customer satisfaction, but it would be nice if they had been doing it all along without government intervention.

    • by Motard ( 1553251 )

      They want to be your cable company but they don't want any part in making sure their channels are high quality

      No, I think you're confused about what Roku wants to be, Roku does not charge monthly fees like a cable company. It's not at all like a cable company,

      • by Ichijo ( 607641 )

        Roku does not charge monthly fees like a cable company.

        Actually, they do [roku.com]:

        7. When creating a new Roku account, you will be required to provide a payment method. The payment method allows you to purchase subscriptions to popular channels, rent or buy movies and TV shows, or make other purchases from the Roku Channel Store.

        The real difference between Roku and a cable company is that Roku doesn't own the cable or fiber line to your home.

        • by Motard ( 1553251 )

          Roku does not charge monthly fees like a cable company.

          Actually, they do [roku.com]:

          7. When creating a new Roku account, you will be required to provide a payment method. The payment method allows you to purchase subscriptions to popular channels, rent or buy movies and TV shows, or make other purchases from the Roku Channel Store.

          The real difference between Roku and a cable company is that Roku doesn't own the cable or fiber line to your home.

          You should learn to read your own quotes. Your payment method allows you to purchase extra stuff. Or not.

          And the fact that it doesn't own the line to your house is just another reason why Roku is nothing like a cable company.

          • by Ichijo ( 607641 )

            Your payment method allows you to purchase extra stuff. Or not.

            Yes, please continue.

            And the fact that it doesn't own the line to your house is just another reason why Roku is nothing like a cable company.

            Both have channels which you pay to the company (Roku or the cable company) who then pays the content provider. So there are some similarities.

            • by Anonymous Coward

              Your payment method allows you to purchase extra stuff. Or not.

              Yes, please continue.

              You said they charge monthly fees, you were wrong. Move on.

    • I love my Roku as well. Screw the haters.
    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )

      Most video files I throw at it play natively without transcoding, unlike my iPad and Android phone (Nexus 6P).

      If you're having to transcode files to play them on a cell phone, it sounds like you're using the wrong apps. You are aware there is version of mpv for Android, right?

  • I believe in committing piracy and anyone with me is invited to join The Pirate-Ninja-Zombie Party on Facebook and Steam.
  • "Channel" means application, right? The same way Amazon Echo uses the word "skill" rather than "application".

    "App" seems fine to me. A reasonable abbreviation of a technical term, and used roughly correctly. Do we have to entertain each and every company's push to invent a new word to pretend that they're doing something new?

    • no channel means channel, like on a cable box. there are a few "channels" that do app like things (which are done by geeks for geeks) but the mainstay is exactly what the name describes, a channel to watch content.

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