OTT platform Hu Mexico closes

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 09-10-2013

The OTT platform Hu México has disappeared after the Mexican newspaper Milenio published a report accusing it of piracy and illegal activity in 20 cities. After only a few hours after the story was made public the website was shut down.

According to the paper, Hu didn't have a licence from the country's communications authority and was using the telecoms infrastructure of satellite and cable companies including Cablevisión, Telmex, Antel, Sky and Dish. The subscription to Hu cost $15 per month and the newspaper calculated an approximate income of $2 million during the ten months the service was operational.

The report points to a network wider than this single OTT operator. According to the paper, Hu México was in charge of selling equipment – an Android set-top box was needed for reception – schedules and subscriptions. The hosting services were managed by Megafilms while the servers were provided by Esaypeedy from Copenhagen.

Hu México had no offices in the country and was mostly managed from abroad. The service offered 2,500 items of content such as series, movies and football from ESPN, TV Azteca, Fox, Telemundo, HBO and TNT, among others.