Maharashtra cyber police have arrested a Hyderabad-based IT engineer for allegedly streaming pirated content material from numerous over-the-top (OTT) platforms and satellite tv for pc channels on an Android app referred to as Thop TV. The engineer, Satish Venkateshwarlu, 28, was working the Thop TV app and its web site for the final two years and was providing content material at a nominal subscription price of Rs. 35 monthly, in accordance with a report. He was arrested from his residence in Gurramguda, a residential locality in Ranga Reddy District, Hyderabad, on Monday, July 12.
The police stated that Venkateshwarlu was arrested following a criticism filed by broadcaster Viacom18 Media, reports The News Minute. However, another broadcasters, together with Star India, had additionally filed a case towards Thop TV previously.
Viacom18 Media reportedly approached the Maharashtra Cyber Cell with the criticism alleging that the Thop TV app was transmitting its content material with out authorisation. However, the native police within the matter was stated to be not knowledgeable concerning the arrest.
Thop TV gained reputation amongst customers and attracted lakhs of viewers for providing a wide range of content material akin to sports activities matches, films, and TV reveals from numerous OTT platforms and channels at a mud low-cost subscription price. The platform was additionally stated to have 5,000 paid subscribers.
The police booked Venkateshwarlu for dishonest below the Indian Penal Code and below the related sections of the Information Technology Act and the Copyright Act. He has been remanded in police custody till July 19.
Shortly after the arrest, Thop TV grew to become not accessible to customers. A report by The Indian Express suggests that Venkateshwarlu was fetching content material to his app and web site straight from OTT platforms utilizing an API.