Improper access to closed antenna channels through the platforms of Pirate IPTV it is a reality that continues to rage in Europe. In Portugal, the phenomenon will be equally expressive, especially now in the 2022 World Cup season in Qatar.
The temptation of illegal streaming and Pirate IPTV is currently undeniable. The phenomenon is notorious, however, it is certain that the European agency Europol and several national authorities continue to intensify the fight against these pirate networks that operate in several European countries.
Combating Pirate IPTV on the rise in Europe
By the way, we report the dismantling of one of the largest Pirate IPTV networks in Europe, with more than half a million customers according to the authorities.
The network, according to Europol, operated mainly in Spain, but had subscribers spread across Europe, including Portugal.
Recently, on November 16th, 4 suspects of managing the illegal IPTV and streaming network were arrested in Malaga. The operation also resulted in the seizure of all infrastructure and support equipment.
In addition, the other “collaborators” and parties involved in boosting and maintaining the platforms, totaling around 100 people, were searched and arrested.
Illegal content distribution network had more than 500,000 customers
This was the culmination of an investigation that began in 2020 and sought to target, above all, the distribution of protected content through the IPTV platform.
At the same time, they also sought to reach the distribution sources of various audiovisual content such as online films and series, improper access to streaming platforms, among other forms of content distribution.
In short, all platforms and content distribution networks operated by individuals of Spanish nationality totaled around half a million subscribers. In other words, it was a highly profitable operation with demand beyond the borders of Spain.
IPTV network profited more than 3 million per year and had resellers in Portugal
According to the publication Torrentfreak, those responsible for the content distribution network won up until 3 million euros per year🇧🇷 That said, the appeal of this type of illicit activity of distributing streaming via Pirate IPTV, among other means, is easily understood.
The authorities also inform that the network was composed of about 100 external collaborators. Parties involved in the resale, dissemination and advertising of the Pirate IPTV service, with a presence in Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta, Greece and the United Kingdom.
Apparently, these agents bought subscriptions to streaming platforms at wholesale prices. This to then resell themselves to their customers, this through access in a configured IPTV Box.
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