Just when the English Premier League is around the corner, IPTV has taken solid steps to crack down on illegal streamers. IPTV has taken help from a software company named Visual Networks to produce a cutting edge software tool that will warn the viewers about the dangers and risks involved in getting lower priced video-on-demand services.
Vistalworks chief executive Vicky Brock said: “Lockdown has led to a rise in people accessing illicit IPTV, and we expect to see that increase further with the return of English Premier League football. Our checker alerts people using sites like eBay to search for cut-price streaming products that what they’re looking at is both dangerous and illegal”
Adding further, “IPTV sales can end up with consumers’ sensitive information being placed in the wrong hands, which in turn can lead to identity theft and fraud. And piracy is not a victimless crime – by purchasing these illegal services people aren’t just putting themselves at risk, they’re potentially bankrolling the criminal lifestyle of major international gangs.”
— Daily Record Sport (@Record_Sport) September 10, 2020
Chief officer at Trading Standards Scotland, Fiona Richardson also was delighted with the news stating,
“Tackling illicit streaming continues to be a priority issue for Trading Standards Scotland. It is currently so prolific that it is posing a significant risk to the business interests of legitimate broadcasters. As a consequence of the COVID-19 lockdown, there has been a notable rise in social media pop-up adverts for illicit streaming devices and services, which are one of the main sources of malicious software and can allow criminals to access personal and financial information on users’ computers.”
Recently, The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) revealed its annual crime and enforcement report which showed that in the 2018/19 season the richest league in the world blocked 210,000 live streams and more than 360,000 clips of matches.