Cablevisión wins legal battle against Roku

Mexican Pay TV company Cablevisión (Televisa) has won a legal case to suspend the sale of Roku devices, alleging that the gadgets let users view pirated channels.

Cablevisión said a Mexico City tribunal confirmed – last week – an order to suspend the import and sale of the video streaming devices.

In this way, the justice revoked by unanimity of votes the provisional suspension of the measure that a judge had granted to Roku.

“Cablevisión cannot allow the content that it licenses from domestic and foreign companies to be illegally used,” Cablevisión spokeswoman Maria Eugenia Zurita told Reuters via email. “We would also like Roku to better supervise the use of its software so that it’s not used inappropriately.”

In turn, General Counsel Steve Kay said in a statement that they will continue legal efforts to ensure the distribution of their products in Mexico.

“Today’s decision is not the final word in this complex legal matter, and it is not expected to prevent consumers from purchasing Roku products in Mexico at this time”, kay said.

In addition, company spokespersons told El Universal that “despite the initial ban and this decision there are other court rulings that still allow some stores to continue selling Roku players”.