Thop TV not working news: A Hyderabad-based IT expert was detained by Maharashtra cyber police for reportedly using an Android software called Thop TV to broadcast unlicensed content from different over-the-top (OTT) platforms and satellite channels.
According to a source, Satish Venkateshwarlu, a 28-year-old engineer, has been running the Thop TV app and website for the past two years, delivering programming for a monthly membership price of Rs. 35.
On Monday, July 12, he was detained at his home in Gurramguda, a residential area in Hyderabad’s Ranga Reddy District.
According to The News Minute, Venkateshwarlu was detained after a complaint was lodged by broadcaster Viacom18 Media. Other broadcasters, notably Star India, have already filed a complaint against Thop TV.
Viacom 18 filed complaint against Thop Tv app and demanded suspension of app
According to reports, Viacom18 Media filed a complaint with the Maharashtra Cyber Cell saying that the Thop TV app was distributing its material without permission.
The arrest, however, was alleged to have gone unnoticed by the local police.
Thop TV grew in popularity among users and drew tens of thousands of viewers by providing a wide range of material, including sports matches, movies, and TV episodes, from a number of OTT platforms and channels for a low monthly membership fee. There are also 5,000 paying customers on the network, according to reports.
Thop TV App CEO Venkateshwarlu got arrested
Thop TV app CEO Venkateshwarlu was arrested and charged with cheating under the Indian Penal Code, as well as the Information Technology Act and the Copyright Act. He has been detained in police detention until July 19, according to the court.
Users were unable to access Thop TV shortly after the arrest. According to The Indian Express, Venkateshwarlu was utilising an API to pull material straight from OTT providers for his app and website.