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    Police raid Glasgow properties in illegal set-top probe

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      Police raid Glasgow properties in illegal set-top probe

      Police raid Glasgow properties in illegal set-top probe
      Police Scotland have raided two properties in Glasgow as part of an investigation into the sale of illegal TV boxes to the UK licensed trade.The criminal operation is estimated to have cost broadcasters more than £40 million across the UK over the past eight years.

      For the past 16 months Police Scotland has been working with investigators from the Federation of Copyright Theft (FACT) to identify the source of the illegal operation based in Glasgow but with a network across Scotland and the UK.

      Support has also come from the English Premier League as well as Sky and BT.

      Chief Inspector David Pettigrew said: “The scale of this operation is significant, with an estimated 500 pubs involved but this could really be just be the tip of the iceberg.

      “This illegal production scheme has been carried out in other areas across the UK but this is undoubtedly the biggest operation of its kind in the world in terms of recovery.

      Pubs are attracted to the modified receivers that receive streams of overseas pay-TV broadcasts because of the perceived high cost of subscriptions to Sky and BT.

      Kieron Sharp, Director General of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) said: “Pub landlords, as well as the general public, need to be aware of IPTV and set-top boxes with apps and add-ons allowing the streaming of pirated TV, sports and films are very much illegal.

      Although no arrests have been made at present, officers will be reviewing the seized material and running an investigation to identify those responsible.


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      Re: Police raid Glasgow properties in illegal set-top probe

      FYI this is most likely card sharing systems not Android boxes. Certainly the pub's in Glasgow I've visited that show "illegal" football are usually using card sharing systems. You can tell because only BT Sports is in HD, the Sky stuff is only SD.


      I suppose a giveaway for investigators would be if the Pub has Fibre broadband but doesn't have wifi hotspots - why the need for superfast broadband otherwise?
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      Re: Police raid Glasgow properties in illegal set-top probe

      Some time back BBC's Watchdog had an article about fake STBs. They certainly didn't share a viewing card, instead they had their own STB with their own software.

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      Re: Police raid Glasgow properties in illegal set-top probe

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      Some time back BBC's Watchdog had an article about fake STBs. They certainly didn't share a viewing card, instead they had their own STB with their own software.

      I either case, hopefully they will all be taken down.
      You do understand what card sharing is?
      I know it's a banned topic on site (and on all legal tech discussion forums) but surely the concept is known about.
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      Re: Police raid Glasgow properties in illegal set-top probe

      I was thinking that a viewing card was 're-programmed' to mimic a legitimate one.

      From what you're suggesting it also refers to other methods too.

      Whilst I'm not keen on how FACT chases after various torrent sharers, I'm also not personally keen on people who watch Sky content without a legitimate subscription.
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