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Police strike another blow against pirate TV 

National Police, in the framework of an investigation by the Italian Guardia di Finanza, have dismantled in Barcelona a distribution centre for the “pirate” broadcast signal of television channels over IPTV.

In Spain, there have been four detentions in addition to the 61 arrested in different European countries, 54 in Italy, four in France, two in Germany and one in Italy.

The organisation speciali-sed in the distribution of audiovisual content and payment channels from Spain and obtained about 100,000 euros per month for the broadcast of the illicit signal from pay-TV channels, using the IPTV (Internet Protocol for Television) system.

This band operated in several European countries giving a service that allowed to view illicitly payment channels in exchange for the payment of a monthly fee.

With the information provided by the police, the agents established a surve-illance device around the domicile of an Italian citizen and resident in Barcelona. The efforts led the police to a new building, also located in the city of Barcelona, where the researcher spent several hours a day. There was located a company whose admini-strator, also from the trans-alpine country, turned out to be the “capo” of the group investigated according to the data provided by the Guardia di Finanza.

In this way, it was found that the site under investigation operated under the guise of a legal company when it actually operated as a European-wide transmission centre for the pirated IPTV signal. For this, it used the installation of an unusual number of antennas on the roof of the building, as well as a complex network of computers, servers and decoders with the capacity to transmit pirate channels to more than 10,000 subscribers in different European countries, most in Italy, for those who paid a monthly fee of ten euros per user.