IPTV: illegally watching Netflix and pay channels bring in $ 1 billion / year to hackers

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According to a study published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), illegal subscriptions to video services would bring a colossal amount of money to pirates. On the year 2018, the sellers of pirate IPTV would have touched nearly a billion euros

It’s really not a secret: today, it is very easy to subscribe to a service allowing illegal access to all paid channels and streaming services. The pirate IPTV has become commonplace. And according to a study by EUIPO, this type of service is a real financial windfall for hackers, since it would have generated nearly a billion last year.

IPTV illegal: France is one of the countries that generate the most money
When you want to subscribe to paid channels, or to streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, you can do it immediately, legally and from any device. But you can also use all-in-one services, which offer access to hundreds of channels for less than ten euros per month. These services are completely illegal, but they are now very easily available on the Web. They come in the form of a simple subscription, or a small box to connect to the TV (the famous set-top box), to which must also be added the price of the previously mentioned subscription. Some social media platforms also advertise very regularly.

The number of users who exploit this kind of IPTV pirate service is exploding and now generates 941.7 million euros. In Europe, it is mainly in the Netherlands and Sweden that this type of service is used: there are respectively 8.9% and 8.5% of users. France is far behind, with only 4.7% of the population using this kind of service. Nevertheless, this represents 2,228,772 people, the country being one of the most income-generating in Europe. For example, French, British and German users spent 532 million last year illegally watching streaming programs.

The arrival of new streaming actors like Disney + could still explode piracy, as noted by the study published by Broadband Genie last September. On the other hand, piracy of music is in sharp decline. It has fallen by 32% between 2017 and 2018. A drop that can be explained by the small amount of audio platforms (Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and that’s about all), by their content. finally very close, as well as by the very small price difference practiced by these same platforms.

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