Police in European countries raid illegal streaming service platforms

25th September 2019 

In a statement, the Italian postal police said it located hubs across Europe that had been pirating and illegally distributing pay-TV content through web-streaming platforms.

Police forces in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Greece and Bulgaria have carried out raids against illegal video streaming service platforms, the Italian postal police said on Wednesday, as reported by Reuters.

The raids were coordinated by EU agencies Europol and Eurojust in a joint effort to place a dent in the illegal market that threatens media groups’ subscription businesses such as pay-TV and video-on-demand.

In a statement, the Italian postal police said it located hubs across Europe that had been pirating and illegally distributing pay-TV content through web-streaming platforms.

Xtream Codes, an illegal platform with around 700,000 users has been shut down, according to a statement by the Italian tax police.

Damage caused by those pirate streaming organisations reportedly amount to some €6.5m, having a negative impact on legal providers of pay-TV on the market. Over 200 servers have been taken offline in Germany, France and the Netherlands, while over 150 paypal accounts associated with the illegal streamers have been blocked.


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