UK Fights Illegal Broadcasting, 6 People ArrestedAdded: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
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British police has arrested 6 people alleged of supplying pirate set-top boxes configured to stream free TV. The recent operation was carried out in cooperation with the local anti-piracy group FACT. The recent arrests follow at least 2 previous operations that targeted the sellers of illegal boxes in the country.
After cheap Android devices like Amazon’s Fire Stick and dozens of set-top variants emerged on the market, it became clear that anyone can install legitimate software and then modify it to do illegal things – for example, stream the latest films, TV shows and live sports online for free. Of course, copyright owners couldn’t like this, as they seemed powerless to do anything about such illicit broadcasts. The problem is that people looking to make quick money are selling piracy-configured devices online, which allows anyone to get free television for little money.
Now the UK police targeted this illicit market and arrested several people suspected to be involved in the sale of pirate boxes designed to illegally stream movies and sport. The police executed 7 search warrants in the north of England and arrested 6 people. They said that a 37 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of distributing an illegal decoder, money laundering and making items for use in fraud. The operation also resulted in the seizure of 42 “illegally modified” set-top boxes designed to receive subscription-only TV. You may think that you get value for money when buying such device, but the authorities point out that they’re not risk free: aside from stealing copyrighted material and starving businesses from revenue, they put consumers’ devices at risk of malware and ransomware.
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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
|maybe when they lower the prices and when they stop making more of the same channels like movie channels that show the same junk most people already bought on dvd years ago people might actually pay for them.Until then why pay when there is jack s*it on tv to watch these days and all the tv series are all the same.BT sports and sky sports show the same thing but they want more money out of you so why should i pay over £40 for 2 sports packages that show the same thing.Amazon prime is a rip off why pay to watch shows there when i can download them on ET.Amazon just put the shows on there site to make more money out of you.|
|Virgin Media paid police to investigate gang accused of running set-top box scam|
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|This was happening in the days of Telewest. At the time cable set top boxes were fed all available channels. Your account subscription with Telewest set the box to block those channels you were not paying for. So people sold doctored boxes that allowed all the channels through. Telewest themselves sent round inspectors to knock your door and look at your box (fnarr fnarr).|
|The squeeze continues. I have watched motorcycle racing for years. Back in the mid 90s the Grand Prix races were free to air. Then they went to the BBC. Then to BT Sport. People actually changed their broadband provider to BT to see the races 'for free'. Then I believe BT Sport decided feck dat...and began to charge for the privilege to watch the once free to view sport. MotoGP website will currently sting you ca. 140Euros to watch their feeds. Thank goodness for the pirate webs that allow me to watch my sport for free.|
|This is the wrong way for amateur television. I guess the free air boxes are illegal then because satellite broadcasts are for streaming data too.|
|posted by (2016-03-27 02:48:37)|
|In the uk you pay a tv licence for live tv only. Even if your watching a internet show on say iPlayer, currently you only have to pay if its live. I know this cause I don't watch any uk tv any more, all my viewing comes from Netflix and the internet. I actually don't weatch any commercial tv channels now. I spock to bbc licence people and told them straight what I watch and they confirmed that I pay if I watch live tv broadcasts, I haven't played for a bbc licence for years but yeh I haven't watched any tv channels live or not, that's more because its full of crap like antiques road show or come dine with me or big brother, lets face it normal uk tv sucks bad. Its time the bbc went Subscription based, but they don't want that CAUSE THEY KNOW ALOT OF PEOPLE WOULD SAY NO LOL. The only bbc program I used to watch was hserlock and I won 2 series on dvd lol cheaper that the 140ish for the licence.||
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