Thop TV CEO Arrested for Piracy of OTT Content by Cyber Police.

Why Maharashtra Cyber arrested Thop TV CEO Satish Venkateshwarlu?

Thop TV founder Satish Venkateshwarlu has been arrested over piracy of OTT content by Maharashtra Cyber Police.

What is Thop TV?

Thop TV is an online video streaming app that streams all OTT platform content for free. The app is free and it is easily available on the internet. But it is not so safe to use and it is also illegal

Thop TV is dedicated to provide you a free TV experience. The app includes over 3,000 channels as well as over 3,000 movies that you can stream at your leisure. Most of the content comes from India, but there are many international channels and movies to choose from as well. This gives you a good selection of ingredients.


Why Maharashtra Cyber arrested Thop TV CEO Satish Venkateshwarlu?

Maharashtra Cyber Police has arrested Hyderabad-based IT engineer Satish Venkateshwarlu (28)  for developing and running a mobile application to stream pirated content from various OTT platforms and satellite channels.

Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd along with another broadcaster approached Maharashtra Cyber with their complaint alleging that the "rogue, standalone" application was airing their content without authorization.


What did the police say in the Thop TV case?

The police said

  • Star India files case against Android software aggregator ahead of ICC World Test Championship final
  • Star India had claimed that Thop TV is a rogue app that provides illegal access to video-on-demand content on TV including movies, shows, and live sports without the permission of the original owner.
  • Viacom18 Media among other broadcasting channels had also approached the Maharastra Cyber Police with a similar complaint.
  • App downloaders transfer money, even cryptocurrencies, to Satish Venkateshwarlu's bank account.


On hearing the news of Thop TV, there has been a ruckus on social media, because many users used to take advantage of this app.

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