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8 Arrested for Involvement in Major Pirate IPTV Network

TV Mucho Operators Arrested

In a significant move against illegal streaming services, Spain’s Ministry of the Interior announced the arrest of eight individuals involved in a €5.3 million pirate IPTV network targeting local expatriates.

This operation underscores the ongoing battle against unauthorized content distribution and highlights the complex network of such services operating globally.

Investigation and Arrests

The investigation began in November 2022 following a complaint from the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE). The goal was to identify and dismantle the operators behind two websites alleged to be infringing on the rights of ACE members.

“The complex computer and banking investigation carried out, together with several police investigation techniques, allowed the specialists of the Central Cybercrime Unit to prove that the websites investigated were registered, controlled, and operated from several companies directed by the main suspect, a citizen of Dutch origin,” the Ministry’s statement reads.

The primary suspect, a Dutch national, is accused of leading a criminal network that masked itself as a legitimate business. This operation reportedly generated over €5.3 million through illegal streaming services.

Arrests and Seizures

Raids were conducted in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Madrid, Oviedo, and Málaga, leading to the arrest of eight key members of the network. Authorities seized a vehicle, two computers, and froze bank accounts containing €80,000.

“Likewise, the servers of the online platforms investigated were seized and blocked. Sixteen web pages controlled by this criminal organization were also blocked,” the Ministry reported.

Authorities even released a video of this raid.

The Network’s Operations

The Ministry’s press release describes the operation as an “international criminal organization” using advanced technology to capture and redistribute satellite signals from various countries. These signals were then amplified, decrypted, and distributed to the public illegally.

The network offered more than 130 international television channels and thousands of movies and TV series to over 14,000 subscribers, who paid between €10 and €19 per month.

The Role of TVMucho

Though the Ministry did not name the service explicitly, it has been linked to TVMucho, a service recently rebranded as TeeVeeing. TVMucho, launched around 2015, aimed to provide expatriates with access to free-to-air channels from their home countries via the internet.

TVMucho Website

The premise was simple; expats away from home with zero access to the free-to-air channels they had come to rely on, could subscribe to TVMucho and the service would pipe those channels to them over the internet for viewing in Spain.

Despite its public image as a legal service, major rights holders have consistently challenged the legality of TVMucho’s operations.

TVMucho Live TV Service Interface

Recent Developments

In October 2023, TVMucho announced its shutdown due to “insurmountable challenges” posed by a U.S. company.

TVMucho Shutdown Message

However, the service quickly resurfaced as TeeVeeing, with previous subscribers seamlessly transitioning to the new platform.

For reasons that still aren’t clear, the TeeVeeing app is still available on Apple’s App Store and still free to download from Google Play.

TeeVeeing App Google Play


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Despite claims of dismantling, the TeeVeeing service remains operational, offering the same content as TVMucho.

Conclusion

The dismantling of this pirate IPTV network by Spanish authorities marks a significant step in combating illegal streaming. However, the persistence of services like TeeVeeing highlights the challenges in permanently shutting down such operations.

As technology evolves, so do the methods used by these networks, making it crucial for authorities to continuously adapt their strategies.

For more details on this story, refer to the press release from ACE and the report from TorrentFreak.

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Notable Replies

  1. I personally won’t use any service based in Europe as they have stricter laws. I highly suggest others do the same when subscribing .

  2. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    Tee veeing must not be in Spain!

  3. I have no idea where my IPTV service is located. No website, absolutely no way to find anything about them. They are off the Books hidden. I’ve tried searching but no luck. They are so Dark and I love that. I suspect they are in Europe based on the channel mix. I could ask but they might get suspicious and boot me. LOL!

  4. It should show the location on your credit card statement next to the purchase amount.

  5. Just Checked - No location they are truly stealth!

  6. Good info,thanx. I just find it HILARIOUS that the same author of the evils of “jailbroken” streaming devices also has on the same site an article on circumventing US copyright law with the use of a VPN service to access Netflix US for FREE in the UK !

  7. If I pay on PayPal how do I know where my provider is located please?

  8. Whatever happened to that little town in Montana(?) that was going to run it’s own IPTV service? That one seemed to be begging for a court case.

  9. Can’t find any recent News on it but this is pretty entertaining. Around the 5 minute mark he plays video of the city council presenting it and the guy says he consulted with an attorney and the attorney was like Go for it! LOL

  10. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    No wonder my xtreme been buffering LOL

  11. The host got a couple of good plugs in for TroyPoint too.

  12. Do you have a credit card connected to your PayPal account for purchases ? If so check the statement for that credit card. It might even show up in PayPal app transactions .

  13. I use crypto. I have an idea where it is. Not europe.

  14. Even when you know where they are and who they are, they’re often not them and they’re not there. LOL

    You might think they don’t want you to know ?

    Kinda like “A lot of people think…” Oh, that’s huge!
    Who?
    Them…oh yea

  15. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    We can’t discuss unverified IPTV.

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