Roku Declares Victory in the Fight Against Streaming Piracy

By Tom Pritchard on at

When it comes to dedicated streaming piracy channels, most people tend to focus on the Kodi platform - specifically the third-party addons that lets users watch premium content without paying for it. But streaming device maker Roku has also come under fire for piracy-related concerns, to the point where devices were banned in Mexico. Now, though, the company has declared a major victory in fighting pirates.

Roku is, naturally, a perfectly legal company selling legal devices that are designed to let people access legally-sourced content. The problem is that you can access private channels, which pirates had taken to using to broadcast pirated content. This, coupled with the Mexican ban, led to Roku increasing its anti-piracy efforts, and apparently it's been a great success. The company claims 99.5 per cent of all "streaming hours" come from legit sources.

In Mexico, where the company has been faced with the most piracy-related problems, the number drops to 92 per cent, but plans on increasing its efforts in the country to ensure that the figures more closely match up with the rest of the world. Unfortunately there aren't any old figures we can compare to, so we don't know how much of an impact has been had.

TorrentFreak notes that its been a roughly a year since Roku was first in the news for piracy-related reasons, and in the time since it's done a lot to deal with the problem. It's increased the size of its in-hour anti-piracy team, and has removed a number of notorious pirate channels - replacing them with FBI warnings. In fact, it claims to have tracked down 400 pirate organisations and removed their channels from the Roku platform, and "took action" against thousands of social media pages that were promoting illegal streams.

Some legitimate channels did get caught up in the crackdown, which didn't go down too well, but Roku isn't easing up. It now makes developers get certified before they can publish channels, and claims to be using automation to detect pirate content more efficiently. [TorrentFreak]