Back in early August Roku made it clear that it intended to remove any service that pirates content from its devices. Now it looks like Roku has banned one of their most popular private Roku Channels Channel Pear and with your next update, it will be removed from Roku players.
Tonight several readers have messaged us telling us that with the most recent update to Channel Pear removes the channel from their Roku player. After XTV was banned many users had moved over to Channel Pear as a replacement and it looks like Roku took notice.
Here is the notice you will find after loading Channel Pear following today’s update.
It seems like this is part of a crackdown by Roku on piracy. Recently Roku 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.
Roku is also adding new requirements to upload a channel to Roku. These new requirements seem aimed at making developers identify themselves. Now if you want to submit a Roku channel you must do the following:
- use a verified email address,
- link at least one Roku device to their account, and
- have a payment method on file.
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 affects Roku channels you do not find inside the Roku Channel Store and have to add with a code.
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