Maharashtra Police Arrests Techie Running Thop TV App for Circulating Pirated OTT Content

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Hyderabad-based IT Engineer, Satish Venkateshwarlu, was arrested following a complaint filled by Viacom18 Media for streaming pirated content from OTT on Thop TV app. However, some other broadcasters had also filed a complaint against Thop TV in the past. The OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ offer extraordinary shows, yet it might get hard for certain individuals to purchase the membership for every one of them. At the point when individuals would prefer not to take the credible course, they frequently search for applications that sell pirated content. For this situation, Thop TV offered content from across OTT at a minimal monthly charge of Rs 35.

Thop TV has gained popularity among users and pulled in lakhs of watchers for offering variety of content, for example, sports matches, films, and Network programs from different OTT platforms at a very economical membership cost. The platform was likewise said to have around 5,000 paid users.

Soon after he was arrested, app was no longer available for users but it is still available on Google Play Store. The police booked Venkateshwarlu for cheating under the Indian Penal Code and under the applicable sections of the Information Technology Act and the Copyright Act. He will remain in police custody till July 19.

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