Here’s what happened to Mobdro the streaming app
Good morning dear Tecnogalaxy readers, today we are going to talk about the disappearing pirated TV streaming app Mobdro.
For several years, Mobdro has been delivering live TV and VOD content to a large number of mobile devices, making it one of the most beloved pirate streaming apps. However, in recent days the app has been down, with current and historical domains all non-functional, leaving a large number of fans worried that this could be the end.
Mobdro with the rise of cheap boxes and mobile devices several years ago, came millions of TV fans diving into the world of Kodi. Entirely legal in the official format, Kodi can be augmented with unofficial addons, providing access to a universe of movie and TV show content without paying a dime.
Along with this boom, a market emerged for stand-alone software applications that work directly out of the box, with no technical knowledge required. This click-and-play format proved popular, with software like Popcorn Time, Showbox and Terrarium TV attracting millions of viewers.
One of the most popular tools to emerge was Mobdro, an Android-based software application that focuses on TV content from around the world. Live TV, sports channels, and 24/7 content were all available on Mobdro, providing an easy-to-use solution for anyone who was able to install it. With countless fans, Mobdro has been a great success, but in recent days it has become clear that it has serious problems.
Mobdro disappears without warning
It is not uncommon for piracy-based sites and services to disappear for a while. Problems with sources, hosting, and domain names can cause problems. In fact, over the years Mobdro has switched to other domains as well, from Mobdro.com and Mobdro.sc, to Mobdro.bz most recently.
This instability can cause problems for people trying to download the app, but the problems with the underlying streams are more immediately visible to users. Cries that Mobdro is no longer working are abundant on social, but to date there has been no official announcement from the developer behind the streaming tool.
There are a few theories floating around that seem credible at first glance, but don’t seem to provide the necessary answers.
According to one of the theories, Indian cricket authorities have forced Mobdro to shut down.
Aside from the usual speculative claims that Mobdro has been “busted,” a brand new account on Reddit made a single post late Friday claiming to have the information about Mobdro’s situation. It reads as follows:
Mobdro is no longer working because access to the streams is blocked due to a lawsuit over protected content infringement.
The Indian Cricket Association sued Mobdro for broadcasting that country’s Premier League without permission. Because of this, the app’s domains have been shut down, including those that update the app to provide links to different channel broadcasts.
With the application and the official Mobdro website out of circulation, it is best to refrain from searching for the software and downloading it – the possibility that it is infected is very high.
The streaming service is no longer active.
To back up these claims, the user (who never posted anything else on Reddit) added a link to a URL on the Lumen Database. The URL provides access to a shortened version of a DMCA notice posted by the anti-piracy organization Copyright Integrity International on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
It lists 77 URLs that allegedly offer Mobdro for download, requesting that Google remove the URLs from its search indexes.
Google is powerful – but not in this case
The complaint, which appears to be completely genuine, was sent to Google on December 18, 2020, more or less three months ago. Google responded to the notice by removing at least some of the allegedly infringing URLs, but that’s about all Google can do. Google has no control over Mobdro’s domains, no control over the content the app uses as sources and, importantly, zero power to stop the app developer from making an ad.
While it remains possible that India’s cricket authorities had something to do with Mobdro’s demise, they haven’t had much success when directly targeting Mobdro’s domains in the past, at least via notices sent to Google.
This complaint, which was sent by the same entities last October, targeted Mobdro.bz but Google refused to remove it. Another attempt in the same month also failed.
So what happened?
The bottom line is that we don’t know. Without direct confirmation from the developer, everyone is in the dark. He could make an announcement, but unless there are circumstances that prevent it, it seems he’s made the choice not to. This isn’t always the best indicator of a site quickly returning to its former glory, but it may not turn out to be a death sentence either.
That’s it, see you in a future article!
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