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Cue the end credits: Popular illegal movie streamer indoXXI to shut down on Jan. 1

Rizki Fachriansyah
Rizki Fachriansyah

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, December 24, 2019  /  02:35 pm
Cue the end credits: Popular illegal movie streamer indoXXI to shut down on Jan. 1

A survey reveals that 63 percent of online consumers in Indonesia prefer to watch premium content through illegal torrent websites. (Shutterstock.com/File)

Movie and TV show streaming site IndoXXI has publicly announced that it will shut down its operations on Jan. 1 following renewed scrutiny on digital piracy in recent weeks.

The administrator of IndoXXI posted the announcement on the website’s home page, which is usually a smorgasbord of links to illegal streams of recent blockbusters and TV shows.

“The website will stop streaming movies starting on Jan. 1. It’s hard, but it must be done,” IndoXXI wrote on its home page.

The website noted that it would cease its operations “to support the country’s creative industry”.

IndoXXI has been the go-to illegal movie streaming website for many consumers in Indonesia, a recent survey found.

The survey, commissioned by the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and conducted by global public opinion and data company YouGov, showed that 63 percent of online consumers in Southeast Asia’s largest economy preferred to watch premium content through illegal torrent websites.

For 35 percent of those consuming digital content through illegal means, indoXXI’s streaming website and app were the most popular channels to watch movies for free.

The rather unflattering survey results spurred the government to crack down on movie piracy once again, as the Communications and Information Ministry announced plans to block several illegal streaming websites that had maintained operations despite previous bans.

Movie streamers like indoXXI have eluded regulators by constantly changing their domains and overall addresses, according to the ministry’s applications director general, Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan.

“In the digital era, intellectual property must be protected. If it is not protected, people will be lazy to be creative,” Semuel said on Monday, urging the public to enjoy digital movies and music through legal services.

The hashtag #indoxxi is among the top trending ones on Twitter at the time of writing as scores of netizens bid their farewell to their illegal streamer of choice.

“The last socialist hero has fallen, so long comrade #indoxxi,” @jinxyguy tweeted, alongside a screenshot of indoXXI’s announcement.

Twitter user @esnycapt also said goodbye to indoXXI, albeit with a sense of guilt, knowing that the website illegally streams digital content.

“So they will remove indoxxi, I don’t know what to feel, because I watch movies there, but I know it’s wrong since it’s bajakan [bootlegged],” @esnycapt tweeted. (rfa)

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