Chile -- Chile’s Investigative Police (PDI) raided nine locations on July 4th and July 5th, 2018, in an action against pirate IPTV and IKS servers. The PDI was assisted by Alianza experts, including NAGRA forensic experts and DIRECTV in-house investigators. The action resulted in one of the biggest seizures of pirate satellite television equipment ever to take place in South America.
The raids were widely reported in Chilean media and have caused consternation among end users of pirate equipment. Users reported on Facebook that after the raids, popular pirate IPTV service "Megaplay" has lost all its Chilean channels as well as several HD channels. Users also reported that pirate IPTV subscription service "IPTV Chile" is down.
The PDI detained a group of 10 people, mostly computer engineers who were part of an international organization through forums and social networks. They sold services in several Latin American countries, between Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Ecuador and servers hosted mainly in the United States.
"This latest seizure is a clear demonstration of how close collaboration between all stakeholders in the fight against piracy can make a difference," said Pascal Métral, vice president of Legal Affairs, NAGRA, and co-executive director, Alianza contra Piratería de Televisión Paga (ALIANZA). "Alianza focuses its litigation efforts on large local pirate organizations and large pan-regional pirate organizations such as the Miuibox / Megaplay operation and is committed to supporting local authorities in this process. We want to thank the remarkable efforts of the Chilean police force and will continue to work together with law enforcement across Latin America to oppose online video piracy."
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