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Sky has taken steps to stop people watching pirated content on its Now TV Box. It's disabled the developer mode which let people side-load apps that could be used to stream illegal content.

In a blog post, Sky said it was just one of a few changes on the way.

"In the coming days, there will be a few changes to the Now TV Box as part of our regular updates to improve the service," wrote Karl-F, a community manager for Now TV.

"The latest update has been designed to safeguard the device from piracy and illegal streaming of content; therefore it will disable the use of unofficial third-party software or apps.

"This will not affect your ability to watch Now TV or download supported apps through the Channel Store."

Sky's Now TV Box is essentially a rebadged Roku streaming box, designed to promote its Now TV streaming service. Those wanting to side-load app like Plex Media Centre can still do so on a standard Roku box.

Streaming illegally is big news at the moment. The government's Digital Economy Bill has come under scrutiny by a rights group, while the Premier League recently won a major court order in its battle against Kodi boxes, which enable illegal streaming.


Now TV forums, via Engadget

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