Operations against pirated IPTV skyrocket across the globe. Every week we are aware of at least one police or judicial action, something that happened a few years ago every several months. However, it does not appear that they have affected the services beyond the arrests of some people, since these platforms continue to operate without problems. The only effective hit, at least for a while, was the one that ended Xtream Codes late last year that halved the global IPTV traffic.
The group that provided pirated IPTV from Canal + and beIN Sports falls
An association for the fight against piracy in France is ALPA, which stands for Association de lutte con la piraterie audiovisuelle. It has been working since 1985 to end this scourge and focuses mainly on content that affects movies and series. On many occasions it has managed to close torrent websites or share files by other means. In recent years, it has joined other companies to even end live sports streaming.
ALPA, together with Canal + Group, beIN Sports and RMC Sports, filed a complaint against 20 websites that broadcast their content live completely free of charge. In June 2018, the first arrests were made, estimating that the pages had half a million visitors every month. The generation of money was done through massive and invasive advertising, something quite common in this type of portals.
Now, two years later, we have the first sentences. As confirmed by some sources close to the case, the head of the group faces a sentence of 12 months in prison. This was in charge of coordinating the activities of the 20 pirated IPTV pages that broadcast sports streaming content from Canal + and beIN Sports.