Users of the popular media player Roku receive a stark warning when they install channels outside of the official store, according to TorrentFreak.
While these private or “non-certified” channels are still permitted, the company says that copyright-infringing channels may be pulled without prior notice.
Roku now displays the following message when people install a “non-certified” channel: “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.”
In a statement provided to TorrentFreak, a Roku spokesperson said the company is cooperating with the content community and other rights holders to help combat piracy.