Sony’s new tech could block sideloading piracy apps on Android TV

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  • Sony has filed a patent for an anti-piracy monitoring app on media players and TVs.
  • The app would block or degrade the performance of sideloaded apps that allow pirated content.
  • This would likely be for Android TV as Sony uses this platform for its smart TVs.

Sony is no stranger to fighting piracy, be it on the PlayStation side of things or in the music and video landscapes. However, the company’s latest anti-piracy measure could target Android TV.

The Japanese giant filed a new patent application to block piracy apps on smart TVs and streaming devices, Torrent Freak reported. Of course, Sony uses the Android TV platform for its smart TVs, suggesting that this anti-piracy measure could indeed come to Google’s platform in a limited fashion.

So how does this anti-piracy feature work?

The company describes the use of a system-level “monitor” application that would form part of the operating system. This application contains a block list of known pirated network resources (e.g. URLs and IP addresses) and would then identify third-party apps accessing said resources. From here, the monitor app would block the third-party app from running, throttle it to provide a degraded experience, or pause the content at irregular intervals to frustrate viewers.

This is just a patent right now, so there’s no guarantee this anti-piracy feature will actually land on commercial Sony devices. Nevertheless, it still raises plenty of questions. For one, you have to wonder whether this monitor app could hog system resources, resulting in a chugging experience on Android TV. There is a precedent for this too, as it’s not uncommon to see choppier performance in PC games with anti-piracy measures.

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