October 16, 2018
Roku Oct. 16 announced it would resume sales of streaming media devices in Mexico. This follows a favorable ruling from the 11th Collegiate Court in Mexico City.
“Today’s decision is an important victory for Roku and its Mexican distributor, Latamel Distribuidora, and Mexican retailers in the legal battle against an improper ban on sales of its popular streaming players in Mexico,” Stephen Kay, general counsel at Roku, said in a statement. “We are pleased with the Collegiate Court’s decision and look forward to continuing to build Roku’s TV streaming business in Mexico.”
Roku had been banned for sale in Mexico since the summer of 2017.
At issue were allegations by Cablevision claiming third-party hackers had created apps on Roku to pirate their content. The Fourteenth District Judge in Civil Matters in Mexico City agreed last summer, invoking a country-wide ban that Roku twice failed to overturn on appeal.
Roku CMO Matthew Anderson said customers in Mexico, despite the sales ban, continued to stream increased hours of video content.
“We look forward to launching the latest Roku devices in Mexico soon and giving customers an even richer streaming experience,” said Anderson