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    UK police bust 'significant' pirate pay-TV streaming ring

    This is a discussion on UK police bust 'significant' pirate pay-TV streaming ring within the P2P / File sharing forums, part of the General chat category; https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/11/...irate-tv-ring/ Apparently the operation was transmitting premium TV to tens of thousands of people globally. The City of London Police ...

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      UK police bust 'significant' pirate pay-TV streaming ring

      https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/11/...irate-tv-ring/
      Apparently the operation was transmitting premium TV to tens of thousands of people globally.

      The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is claiming another small victory in the never-ending and probably unwinnable war against piracy. Following a series of dawn raids at several business and residential addresses in Lancashire, the fuzz has reportedly brought down a large-scale illegal TV streaming operation. While it's not unusual to hear about the seizure of modified set-top boxes that tap into pirate pay-TV streams, officers have landed themselves a much bigger fish this time around, also discovering 15 satellites and recovering over 30 servers.

      "Our action today will disrupt what we understand to be a significant and highly resourced operation to distribute pirated television on an industrial scale to tens of thousands of people across the globe," Detective Chief Inspector Peter Ratcliffe said. As a result of the sting, three men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.

      According to the police, the group is believed to have been transmitting hundreds of subscription-only channels to set-top boxes advertised as legitimate and sold online for a yearly fee of roughly 400. TorrentFreak has done some digging of its own, and while not naming who it believes to be responsible, says the operation has been going for a number of years and was primarily targeted at the ex-pat community. With those ex-pats now underserved, we expect the cycle to continue as it typically does -- one police bust simply being another pirate's opportunity.


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      Re: UK police bust 'significant' pirate pay-TV streaming ring

      With the plethora of online sources I'm surprised this was still a successful business model. Obviously a huge risk when you are breaking the law AND you have to advertise as well.

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      Re: UK police bust 'significant' pirate pay-TV streaming ring

      Do people need this now with Kodi and iptv? So many sources. They can't all be using the same source.


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      Re: UK police bust 'significant' pirate pay-TV streaming ring

      Yes there are quite a few pirate operations out there. If you recall, Watchdog covered a story about a group who were selling their own Satellite receivers that decoded Sky content. For a relatively small fee to them, not Sky, you could get all the Sky channels.

      There are many others out there who are now in a position to take advantage of our ever increasing connection speeds.

      This article might be about one such operation, but I guess it's safe to say that the investigation teams will be aware of others and tracing their respective addresses with a view to taking them all down in due course.

      As much as I can understand why people do this, this forum is dedicated to supporting Sky's customers. Whilst we don't ask how you pay for it, I guess that there is an assumption that it is being paid for.

      Sure Sky makes a lot of money every year. They have to pay something back to the share holders so this is a good thing. However next time our bills increase, just think how much less of an increase it might have been if everyone who watches Sky was actually paying for it.

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