Watch Netflix, Sky and Prime Video totally free? Police difficulty new warnings about unlawful streams


If you are illegally watching streaming content such as Netflix, Sky TV and Prime Video for free, you might see a new warning message on your screen soon. As part of the ongoing crackdown on piracy, an Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) service allegedly operated out of the UK has been shut down by law enforcement agencies on piracy and criminal penalties.

Pirate IPTV services bundle paid content like Netflix, Sky TV, and Amazon Prime Video for a low monthly fee that is far cheaper than legitimately paying for those paid streaming and television options. This effectively means you get access to a boatload of premium content for free.

Of course, since you are not legitimately paying for these services, it means the money is not going back to the creators themselves. If everyone were doing those hit shows like this year’s Netflix must-see Squid Game, it wouldn’t be possible.

And if that’s not deterrent enough for you, IPTV services come with a higher risk of credit card fraud and malware threats. So, you might end up paying for using these services in other ways. Additionally, there are no filters for IPTV products – meaning that adult content such as pornography or violent families may appear alongside children’s programs and therefore not be suitable for use with a family.

The last illegal service to be suspended was not named by the police, but anyone who tries to access it now is warned by the police of further illegal streaming. Similar alerts have been sent out in the past when hundreds of thousands of IPTV users saw a message from the West Midlands Police in September trying to access the illegal service.

According to the Leicestershire Police Department’s Cyber ​​Crime Unit, two people were arrested on Monday in the latest raid on suspicion of copyright infringement through communication to the public of protected works.

The 33-year-old man and 48-year-old woman were later released as part of the investigation. Devices were also confiscated and the IPTV service was discontinued.

Leicestershire Police said: “The IPTV service believed to have provided illegal access to pay-TV services has now been closed. The officers were also able to access the online platform, disable the illegal streams and display an on-screen message to warn users of the service against further illegal streaming “.

Detective Constable Aaron Horn of the Leicestershire Police Department’s Cyber ​​Crime Unit added, “I would like to take this opportunity to remind our communities that it is illegal to post or access copyrighted material through illegal IPTV services.

“We will continue to work with colleagues from organizations that provide legitimate paid television services to crack down on lawbreakers.”

As in previous operations, the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Britain’s leading intellectual property protection organization, was again involved in the recent crackdown on piracy.

Commenting on the latest anti-piracy operation, FACT CEO Kieron Sharp said: “We are delighted to support this action by the Leicestershire Police, which is sending a clear message not just to those who facilitate this illegal activity, but to also to those who choose to consume content in this way.

“Providing illegal streaming services is a serious crime and consumers who pay for these services should be aware that they are giving their money directly to criminals.”

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