If you’re a cord cutter, you might have heard of the popular Downloader cord cutter app. The app was one of the first ways to get a browser on Fire TV and lets you easily download content to your device. Recently, Google removed it from the Google Store, preventing it from being easily downloaded on Google TV and Android devices after a DMCA complaint due to its browser.
The app was created by AFTVnews owner Elias Saba and has been installed over 50 million times. First released in 2016, it soon added a full browser, making it the premier way to browse the web on Fire TV. It also became a popular way to install Kodi after it was removed from the Amazon app.
Last week, Google received a complaint under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from a law firm representing several Israeli cable/satellite TV companies. This complaint led Google to remove the app from the App Store because it contained a web browser that could be directed to copyright-infringing websites.
According to TorrentFreak at issue, several websites are facing a court order injunction requiring each ISP to block access to the sites. Although as of now, the order to block websites at the ISP level has not yet been enforced, according to TorrentFreak.
The app should now return to the Google Play Store, according to its creator Elias Saba. This comes as Google plans to let the clock tick down on DMCA rules, as Saba does not expect the plaintiff to thwart his petition or take him to court. Because of this, he expects the app to return to the Google Play Store within the next couple of years. weeks.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see how this goes, but cord cutters who used the Downloader app will now have to sideload it on Android and Google TV until this is resolved.