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ISP IPTV Blocking

In recent years, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have become increasingly concerned about the rising presence of popular IPTV services. Some of them are even voicing their opinions on blocking these platforms as soon as the law allows.

ISPs like Proximus and Orange Belgium are eagerly awaiting the implementation of new regulations that would grant them the authority to take action against these unverified IPTV services. While there are currently legal limitations preventing them from blocking these services, the ISPs firmly believe that new laws will provide a more effective solution to tackle the problem head-on.

This move by ISPs is driven by the understanding that IPTV Services pose a threat to the economic model of media and content distribution. While these ISPs claim that halting IPTV Providers will create a more secure and reliable streaming experience for their customers, many feel that the sole purpose of blocking these entities would be to protect the interests of rightsholders and grow their subscription dollars.

We want to know what you think of Internet Service Providers aiming to block IPTV. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Concerns surrounding IPTV services and ISPs date back to the early 2000s when the entertainment industry was grappling with the issue of online piracy. The rapid advancement of technology and the internet revolutionized the way content was consumed, but it also presented challenges in terms of copyright protection and illegal streaming.

The lack of legal avenues to access content online fueled the demand for IPTV services, which allowed users to stream Movies, TV shows, and other content without a pricy subscription package.

In 2004, the Belgian music rights group SABAM attempted to force ISPs into compliance by demanding the filtering and blocking of piracy-related traffic. This move sparked a seven-year legal battle between SABAM and Scarlet, an ISP in Belgium.

The legal confrontation ultimately resulted in a landmark victory for Scarlet in 2011, setting a precedent in the ongoing struggle between rightsholders and ISPs. However, attitudes toward filtering and blocking have since evolved, and ISPs like Proximus and Orange Belgium have recognized the need to address the issue of  IPTV services more proactively.

These ISPs are now awaiting the implementation of a legal framework that would authorize them to cut off illegal streaming services and prevent their customers from consuming IPTV content.

We have seen instances of IPTV blocking in the past in various countries across the world including Italy and Canada.

The Implications and Future of IPTV Services

Both Proximus and Orange Belgium are eagerly awaiting the implementation of a draft law published in 2022 that would authorize the immediate blocking of pirate IPTV providers. They believe that this legal framework would enable them to take swift action against illegal streams and protect the interests of content creators and distributors.

The CEOs of Proximus and Orange Belgium have highlighted the need to safeguard the economic model of the media industry. Proximus CEO Guillaume Boutin noted in a recent interview:

We are just waiting for the legal framework to be able to cut the streams. We don’t have the right to do that today. But we have the capacity… The cycle between when the link is spotted and when we receive permission to cut it takes too long. Afterwards it abounds in all directions. More links are coming. This procedure is of no use today. Honestly, this IPTV situation is intolerable, for the rights holders, for the distributors, and for Proximus too. This is an enormous evaporation of value for the sector. This is unacceptable.

Xavier Pichon, the CEO of Orange Belgium seems to agree with Proximus’ standpoint on the issue, stating the following in an interview with La Libre:

We have the technological means to massively block these streams, and the content publishers who lose money are just asking for that, but for the moment, it is blocked because of administrative and judicial consistency. But that will change…

Illegal IPTV seriously threatens the entire economic model of publishers, copyrights and media. Telecommunications companies invest considerable resources in acquiring the rights to content and, at the same time, in the sizing and quality of the network necessary to carry content traffic over the network. On the contrary, illegal service providers do not contribute to copyright and threaten the entire economic model of the media.

Both CEOs are waiting on the proposed law that was outlined in June of 2022. You can access the proposed bill by CLICKING HERE.

This article was originally published by TorrentFreak.

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Notable Replies

  1. Avatar for TXRon TXRon says:

    So is the blocking of iptv also the blocking of VPN’s?

  2. Avatar for MarkxG MarkxG says:

    :yawning_face: :yawning_face: :yawning_face: :yawning_face: :yawning_face:

  3. I believe the blocking of VPNs was something they did look into but got a bunch of pushback.

  4. As long as we can use VPNs it’s not really a concern. AT&T already blocks EPG updates and just all around degrades IPTV service if you use their Fiber ISP and don’t use a VPN.

  5. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    I pay $280 for hardline, internet, satellite. I don’t see no government entity going after these crooks!

  6. Avatar for teehar teehar says:

    And you won’t,want to know why?Because those companies line the pockets of the politicians that are elected.There is no telling how much money those companies spend on lobbying the government.IOW they won’t bite the hands that feed them.

  7. Avatar for carlbs carlbs says:

    Who’s pockets do you think 10% of that $280 is going into?

  8. Avatar for MarkxG MarkxG says:

    I have AT&T Fiber and not experienced any of these issues with my IPTV service and I do not use a VPN. I pay for 300MB and consistently get 380+ speeds over WiFi

  9. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    I should have bought echo Stars stock not their satellite!

  10. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    Yeah I don’t have much trouble with streaming over AT&t. I have to reboot my modem every now and then. But since I use shield pro now I don’t have to do that as often.

  11. Avatar for carlbs carlbs says:

    I got one of those $12 (Amazon) digital socket timers to turn my modem off for a half hour at 3am. TXron to thank for that one.

  12. Avatar for AJS1 AJS1 says:

    Yes but my VPN since it’s surfshark can’t be guaranteed to come back on!

  13. Avatar for Tech2 Tech2 says:

    That’s a good idea. I shall probably order one myself now, seems I always forget to reboot occasionally.

  14. Hello all. Is there an issue with Surfshark??

    ironic as it is, I’ve been a follower of TROY for a very, very long time. I typically stay on the outskirts and drop in here and read every once in a while, but ironically again, I decided to log on todayvand to give my two cents of my experience with Surfshark.

    To cut to the chase, I’ve tried Nord, it was boo-boo. I tried IP vanish it was boo-boo. Both of them had ridiculously slow speeds and I sat on with tech with both companies and ended up canceling both of them. I’ve been running with scissors with no VPN for a very long time but obviously I realize the heat is on and it’s getting hotter as each day, week, month goes by. ultimately I decide to go with Surfshark and I have to say on both devices it’s been impeccable. I am rockin Stremio, and also a paid IPT service and I’ve had zero issues. I actually just got Stremio installed and I’ve been walking on eggshells for a couple of weeks. LOL :face_with_hand_over_mouth::face_with_hand_over_mouth::face_with_hand_over_mouth:

    I’m not a paid person to advertise Surfshark at all, but I did want to give my two cents. i’m pretty damn impressed.

    In question to the OP, you mentioned it was turned off? Can you elaborate a little bit.

  15. Avatar for mthr1 mthr1 says:

    Check with your modem and router admin menu - some routers, like Asus, have a setting baked in where you can schedule device reboots.

    I have mine set to reboot ever other day in the middle of the night.

  16. Is that a reboot/restart or does it actually shut down all power the same as unplugging.

    If it is just a reboot most cable companies have an app that will allow you to do that remotely from anywhere in the world. I have had both Comcast and Spectrum and used their mobile apps all the time.

    Btw, if you go the plug timer route. Then get a mechanical timer plug because a wifi one will only be able to turn off but not turn back on without wifi being connected.

  17. Avatar for mthr1 mthr1 says:

    I imagine it’s the equivalent of a soft reboot - different than that of a real unplug, allowing for the device board to power purge.

    True, some apps do allow for a remote command to soft reboot - however, it’s more convenient if your device setup menu allow for you to create scheduled reboots. Soft reboots should clear memory buffers, which is one of the bigger benefits of doing such.

  18. Avatar for DCT213 DCT213 says:

    Senior moment… What does turning off the modem for 30 minutes accomplish? Can I do the same thing by turning off the router for a period of time? Thanks

  19. 3.5 seems to have solved some of the issues FOR ME of which included lackluster speeds with SS on, taking forever to connect/reconnect and on my phone websites giving me a puzzle to solve.

  20. Did V 3.5 come out recently??

  21. Resets everything.

  22. Avatar for carlbs carlbs says:

    Yes, digital mechanical timer.

  23. Avatar for carlbs carlbs says:

    I can’t say exactly what it accomplishes – someone more IT adept needs to chime in – but if TXron says to do it, I do it lol. And yes, unplugging the router for 30 minutes would do the same thing. And 30 minutes is probably overkill…I would think 5 minutes would be enough to purge and refresh.

  24. Avatar for DCT213 DCT213 says:

    I understand completely. Troy, Miki, Ron and others. I’m glad they are here to lead the way.

  25. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    There is no need to shut a modem/router off for 30 minutes. 2-5 minutes is more than sufficient to allow any issues to clear. Unresolved I/O operations, looping in an attempt to complete an interupted task and on and on. I usually find 2 minutes for all my devices to be fine. But be sure to shut everything down, where possible, using the device home shutdown task, in order to save necessary files, complete internal tasks and to ensure that processes and task queues are completed, before you disconnect the power. Even though it may seem you have shut a device down it may still have a micro charge in order say to wake from sleep.

  26. Starting to tire of VPN’s fickleness, I started using the free, proton VPN when I need, it works just as well for me .when my Surfshark is up,I will not renew it

  27. Yes, a month or less.

  28. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    I have paid for Proton VPN for the last two years. Love the speed up tech, no speed loss at all.

  29. Avatar for carlbs carlbs says:

    So basically hitting the off button on say, an ONN device is sufficient?

  30. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    I personally take the extra step and unplug the device, but that is only for extreme issues. Under small issues using the on/off button should work just fine.

  31. This is what Spectrum recommends. Personally, 5-10 minutes is sufficient. However, I have many time dis connected on my way out the door and may not return to reconnect for several hours if not all day. lol

  32. Avatar for teehar teehar says:

    Man back in the day,when Dish Network,the little company that could was starting,it would have been a great stock option.

  33. Good to know, Maybe making the switch to it when my Surfshark expires I’m quite impressed with the free one so I’m sure the paid is better

  34. Ah. Well, It must be good timing for me and Im sorry it was jacked for you in the past. I was REEEALLLY unhappy with other providers and when I say Im impressed…I’m super impressed. All has been great.

  35. Avatar for jah1 jah1 says:

    imho, These ISP’s should stay in their lane, and continue to support the customers that pay for their service: ie, providing Internet service availability!
    If I go to Walmart and buy a pencil, I sure don’t expect Walmart to tell me how Or when to use it.

  36. This is expected & should be anticipated. Eventually manufacturers of streaming devices will be limited to app downloads from only authorized storage & sideloading will be eliminated from those 99.99% which are not tech savy which was the case with the original Firestick.
    ISP’s have no choice but to comply with media providers which demand restriction or elimination of content they provide when the percentage of pirated content exceeds a very small percentage due to bottomline $‘s which shareholders lose in profits or otherwise be denied access.
    It is all a cat & mouse game we have played for decades now since the internet was accessed only in .DOS & we used 10’ round dishes setup in our yard to acquire totally unencrypted streaming of live feeds. As the popularity of “Free” became popular, businesses were created making profits & Media Source Providers noticed revenue loss, these same sources changed operating techniques to limit access.
    Of course there is always a hue & cry from the 99.99% non tech savy which has lost access to “Free” sources as changes occur requiring others to discover “workarounds” which will then become popular, some will profit greatly & the majority will pay small amounts to once again be able to access “Free” entertainment.
    Generally once a week/month is advisable to reset your modem/router & for best results leave it off for a full 30 minutes to up to 1 hour.
    Will not further explain, reasons are complicated & have no desire to play a game of if & why.

  37. Avatar for carlbs carlbs says:

    I think some of us are afraid of whacky legislation that could lead to ISPs banning VPN use. I’m not privy to the tech, but it seems this would be a huge step that would have giant pushback.

  38. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    The real problem, for them, is that they are not dealing with just one country. Internet is global and attitudes vary greatly from country to country. It will be impossible to apply a universal ban on VPNs. Never going to happen in my lifetime and not worth worrying about.

  39. The Big Guy!!!

  40. OK…let’s say the day comes when my ISP blocks all IPTV addresses. Now I’m forced to subscribe to something like Youtube, Hulu, Sling…something else.

    What’s the “best” service to use?

    I mean I love my current IPTV but if I’m forced out? YT??

  41. Avatar for mthr1 mthr1 says:

    It’s difficult to justify, legally, a functional ban against a legal product.

    It’s like banning all FM antennas.

  42. Avatar for Miki Miki says:

    Just scare mongering.

  43. Avatar for WTTSR WTTSR says:

    I had surfshark and had problems with it. I now have express vpn and no longer have the problems

  44. I sometimes unplug every device in the network when I do a lengthy modem/router unplug. Pull the Ethernet over Power adapters out of the sockets, also manually unplug the wifi bridges. Then bring them back up in sequence - router first, adapters next, bridges last. May be overkill, but generally works.

  45. Avatar for Aces Aces says:

    just the oppisite with me, tried ip vanish, private internet access, surfshark and always come back to Nord VPN, it has the fastest throughput of these four that I tested. I will continue to give my money to Nord VPN

  46. Avatar for jorom jorom says:

    380+ with the VPN on?

  47. Avatar for MarkxG MarkxG says:

    I don’t use a VPN except in the rare instance I need to Download a show or movie to watch on a plane. Been using KODI for 6 years now no issues without it

  48. Avatar for BWJ1 BWJ1 says:

    Well said

  49. Avatar for jorom jorom says:

    Do you use Real-Debrid or PM?

  50. Avatar for MarkxG MarkxG says:

    Real Debrid. Been using it for years now

  51. And it would make us just like China… Just ducky!!! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::rage:
    Hopefully a gigantic push back from most of America…IMO most of America doesn’t want this.

  52. mapleton,utah is selling xtreme iptv to residents in their municipality lol.

  53. If you’re in the US, one party champions net neutrality, the other favors Spectrum, Mediacom, and Comcast.

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