DISH Network filed a lawsuit against illegal IPTV provider Glo TV on December 13 for alleged copyright infringement. The broadcaster is seeking $25 million in damages.
DISH says that its investigators observed IPTV operators “repeatedly infringing DISH’s exclusive rights” by streaming copyrighted programs in the U.S. through services like Glo TV, Rays IPTV, and Rays TV, according to the suit obtained earlier by Torrent Freak.
The complaint also encompasses the service’s operators, Massive Wireless CEO Khaled Akhtar, and Rays IPTV CEO Mumyazur Rehman Daud.
Rays IPTV allegedly sold and marketed its infringing service through websites and by phone as well as sold set-top boxes preloaded with illegal content to other retailers like Massive Wireless — which DISH investigated in 2017. Massive Wireless was issued multiple cease-and-desist orders, which went ignored.
The lawsuit says Rays also sold IPTV service subscriptions through Raysiptiv.com charging $65 for one month and $305 for a year.
This is the latest in a seemingly endless war waged on IPTV services by cable TV companies as well as government and law enforcement agencies worldwide. Operators are finding a customer base that’s looking to save money. Cable bills are pricey, and it’s no longer possible — or economically feasible — for the average viewer to subscribe to every streaming service.
For example, Rays IPTV advertisements included promises of “no more expensive cable bills” and targeted consumers “tired of paying too many bills for too little channels,” according to the lawsuit.
DISH is still working on identifying the operators of Glo TV who have taken “elaborate steps to conceal their identities.” The unknown individuals are listed as Does 1-10 — or Doe Defendants — in the lawsuit.