Popular streaming internet service, ESS.tv (EveryShowSucks.tv) has today emailed all of its subscribers, explaining that due to mouting legal pressures the 50+ channels it provided will no longer be available.
ESS.tv streamed popular and niche shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park via Winamp's TV protocol. Membership was a mere $5 per month for unlimited access to all channels.
The aforementioned email was suspiciously vague: "Unfortunately, due to increasing pressure from various organizations, ESS will have to shut down operations this weekend."
"We do not have the financial backing to attempt to contest the claims made against us," it said.
The somewhat cult following that ESS.tv had built up over the years was reflected in the programming and many of their customers will feel that there's now a large hole in the world of internet TV.
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