The war on IPTV services is continuing to heat up. These illegal services that sell access to live TV for a fraction of the cost of legal services have become a big target for media companies.
So what are IPTV services? In short, an IPTV service is an illegal live TV streaming service promising to give you all the big networks like ESPN but for a fraction of the cost of legal services.
Now we have learned that in Canada, users of IPTV services are having their IP address that can identify them logged. This comes as the NHL won a court order to block some pirate IPTV services. Not only did the internet service block the services, but they also logged and turned over the IP address of anyone who tried to access these services, according to TorrentFreak.
Canada is not alone in cracking down on IPTV services. In the US, a new law passed back in 2020 that made running an IPTV service a more serious criminal matter. Since 2020, multiple IPTV services have been targeted for legal action, both civil and criminal.
This is a massive shift from what used to be a hands-off approach by police. One of the first bit ones was when FBI went after the streaming service iStreamitAll. Later they went after the Gears Reloaded service was raided and shut down. Piracy is now being viewed as a criminal issue.
Recently both the Nitro IPTV service and USTV GO have both been shut down and in the case of Nitro, the owners are facing a $100 million judgment against them.
As cord cutting has put pressure on cable TV companies and content owners, they have invested heavily in efforts to stop even small piracy services. What was once a side project for many companies is now a major focus. Look for 2023 to be a year full of crackdowns on all kinds of illegal streaming services, including IPTV services.