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Dutch Police have shut down what looks to be one of the largest IPTV Services in Europe serving over one million users.
The service was ultimately taken offline by Dutch fiscal police resulting in four arrests.
The name of the IPTV Provider has not been released, however, it seems that it was a massive operation involving individuals in various locations.
In a series of raids led by the Dutch Fiscal Police and assisted by Europol, numerous items were seized including cars, computer equipment, bank accounts, and large amounts of cash.
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Details of the investigation were published in a press release by Dutch Fiscal Police (FIOD) which you can find below.
It noted that a subscription to the service provided over 10,000 channels as well as VOD Content from platforms such as Disney+, Netflix, Viaplay, and more.
The major draw of this service was its low price point which came in at roughly $10/month which is substantially lower than Legal IPTV Services.
There were hundreds of thousands of subscribers using the service which was ultimately taken offline resulting in a complete blackout for customers.
This was likely due to the seizure of 1200 servers from a local data center that was operated by one of the main suspects.
Coincidentally, the removal of these servers also caused numerous legitimate websites to go offline including a painter’s website, a dentist’s office, and more.
The data center, named GLOBE, also hosted other IPTV-related domains such as iptvextrema.com, nextiptv.org, and mercuryiptv.com.
BREIN, an anti-piracy agency located in the Netherlands, applauded the efforts of authorities for their work in taking the service offline:
This is the largest criminal investigation by the Dutch fiscal police FIOD and the Dutch prosecution into digital piracy in the Netherlands ever…
Illegal IPTV is the most serious threat to legal offerings of movies, series, television and sports broadcasts. This case concerns a criminal organization behind the large-scale sale of illegal IPTV subscriptions in the Netherlands and elsewhere. It involves tens of millions of euros in damages in the Netherlands alone.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen IPTV Services and subscribers face legal trouble.
- Canadian ISPs Block Pirate IPTV Services & Log IP Addresses
- Gears IPTV Owner Sentenced to 5+ Years in Prison
- UK Police Making Home Visits to Unauthorized IPTV Subscribers
It will be interesting to see what comes of this investigation and if any more arrests are made.
This IPTV takedown was first reported by TorrentFreak.
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