Millions of movie fans looking to indulge in a night of free entertainment will be deeply disappointed. That’s because one of the most popular movie streaming sites in the world has just closed for good. 123movies.la has been in operation since 2017 and has grown to be a huge success in just four years. Around 30 million people visit the website every month.
That’s no surprise when you consider that the platform had numerous blockbuster films on offer without anyone having to sign up for a premium and expensive subscription. It even provided an easy way to filter movies by genre, actor, and box office collection.
With such a large user base, this free way to stream Hollywood movies hasn’t gone unnoticed as The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) finally managed to track down the owners and shut down the website.
ACE is backed by some of the world’s largest film studios and media companies, including Amazon, Fox, Netflix, MGM, HBO, Sky, Paramount and Disney.
According to ACE, to cease communications and reach an agreement with the operator, the popular streaming website has been shut down and the domain has been transferred to ACE.
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“Online content theft is the biggest threat to the global audiovisual community. It harms both local and foreign films and businesses, threatens jobs, undermines investment, lowers government tax contributions and stifles creativity,” the company said in one Post on his website.
“ACE will continue its global efforts to protect the rights of its members.”
This last block comes as a number of UK ISPs were recently forced to ban a number of websites in the UK.
ISPs like Virgin Media and Sky are now preventing customers from accessing platforms like www9.0123movies.com, w5.123movie.cc., 123moviesfun.is and wvw1.123movies.net.
Sky and Virgin Media are responding to a new High Court decision asking ISPs to prevent users from visiting some websites.
The request came from the Motion Picture Association (MPA), which is trying to prevent premium content from being displayed for free. The MPA represents five of the largest Hollywood studios, Disney, Paramount Pictures, Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros and Netflix.