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Netflix and HBO shows are getting pirated on this app that’s been bankrolled by advertisers such as Pandora, BET and TikTok

Postby MrFredPFL » Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:46 pm

Story : https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/20/netflix-and-hbo-shows-are-getting-pirated-on-tea





Watching a bootleg version of “Joker” — albeit one that was obviously recorded from the back of a movie theater — is as easy as downloading an app from a website, finding the movie and clicking the play button.

There is one catch. Even though the content appears to be pirated, you’ll still have to sit through ads.

Among the more popular places to find this sort of unauthorized content is a site called TeaTV. The online service offers a wide swath of pirated movies from major networks such as HBO and streaming services including Netflix as well as current releases from top movie studios. Video ads have shown up from brands including TikTok, streaming service BET , the Madden Mobile video game, music streaming service Pandora, Pluto TV, Hulu, Yahoo Mail and many more.

Ads also were appearing for major advertisers including Walgreens, Amazon’s Fire TV and Kia on the website through Google, The Trade Desk, Adroll and more but had stopped as of early October after CNBC began reaching out to advertisers and ad-tech companies. Most brand advertisers contacted by CNBC did not respond to requests for comment or did not comment on the record. A Walgreens spokesperson said the company wasn’t aware of the issue and prohibits ads on sites with pirated content. The company added it was working to understand and resolve the matter.







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