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  1. Blue Maverick

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    No need to torrent stuff when you have everything on demand for a few $ a month, the big players need to rethink their strategies. I’d happily pay £20 a month for all City games in 4K, sooner they realise people are sick of getting ripped off the better, if they didn’t pay such stupid amounts for tv rights they wouldn’t have to charge so much, this would then see players wages fall and operating costs this could be passed onto the consumer. The adage that the top players wouldn’t come is bullshit, where they going to go, there is only a finite amount of clubs and they all can’t all play for Barca and Real.
     
  2. waspish

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    IPTV Piracy Generates More Internet Traffic Than Torrents
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    Increasingly, people are trading in their expensive cable subscriptions, opting to use cheaper or free Internet TV instead.

    This is made easy and convenient with help from a variety of easy-to-use set-top boxes, many of which are specifically configured to receive pirated content.

    Following this trend, there has also been an uptick in the availability of unlicensed TV subscriptions, with dozens of vendors offering virtually any channel imaginable. Either for free or in exchange for a small fee.

    Until now the true scope of this piracy ecosystem was largely unknown, but a new report published by Canadian broadband management company Sandvine reveals that it’s massive.

    The company monitored traffic across multiple fixed access tier-1 networks in North America and found that 6.5% of households are communicating with known TV piracy services. This translates to seven million subscribers and many more potential viewers.

    One of the interesting aspects of IPTV piracy is that most services charge money, around $10 per month. This means that there’s a lot of money involved. If the seven million figure is indeed accurate, these IPTV vendors would generate roughly $800 million in North America alone.

    “TV piracy could quickly become almost a billion dollar a year industry for pirates,” Sandvine writes in its report, noting that the real rightsholders are being substantially harmed.

    Pirate subscription TV ecosystem

    According to Sandvine, roughly 95% of the IPTV subscriptions run off custom set-top boxes. Kodi-powered devices and Roku boxes follow at a respectable distance with 3% and 2% of the market, respectively.

    With millions of viewers, there’s undoubtedly a large audience of pirate subscription TV viewers. This is also reflected in the bandwidth these services consume. During peak hours, 6.5% of all downstream traffic on fixed networks is generated by TV piracy services.

    To put this into perspective; this is more than all BitTorrent traffic during the peak hours, which was “only” 1.73% last year, and dropping.

    The pirate IPTV numbers are quite impressive, also when compared to Netflix and YouTube. While the two video giants still have a larger share of overall Internet traffic on fixed networks, pirate TV subscriptions are not that far behind.

    Internet traffic share throughout the day

    The graph above points out another issue. It highlights that many IPTV services continue to stream data even when they’re not actively used (tuned into a channel with the TV off). As a result, they have a larger share of the overall traffic during the night when most people don’t use Netflix or YouTube.

    This wasted traffic is referred to as “phantom bandwidth” and can be as high as one terabyte per month for a single connection. Physically powering off the box is often the only way to prevent this.

    Needless to say, “phantom bandwidth” increases IPTV traffic numbers, so it doesn’t necessarily mean that all this traffic is actively consumed.

    Finally, Sandvine looked at the different types of content people are streaming with these pirate subscriptions. Live sporting events are popular, as we’ve seen with the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The same is true for news channels and premium TV such as HBO and international broadcasts.

    The most viewed of all in North America, with 4.6% of all pirated TV traffic, is the Indian Star Plus HD.

    All and all it is safe to conclude that IPTV piracy is making up a large part of the pirate ecosystem. This hasn’t gone unnoticed to copyright holders of course. In recent months we have seen enforcement actions against several providers and if this trend continues, more are likely to follow.

    Looking ahead, it would be interesting to see some numbers of the “on demand” piracy streaming websites and devices as well. IPTV subscriptions are substantial, but it would be no surprise if pirate streaming boxes and sites generate even more traffic.
     
  3. talkativesprout

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    Imagine a world where the price of legitimate subscriptions made it not worth while cheating and media outlets only made a modest profit
     
  4. Exeter Blue I am here

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    Like!
     
  5. TCIB

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    That takes some hardcore imagination.
     
  6. quiet_riot

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    I don't really think it does, remember downloading a few songs a night over a 56k connection on napster? Then limewire etc etc...not worth it anymore because for £10/mo you can have all the music ever to all your devices...TV and sport should follow suit.

    ;)
     
  7. TCIB

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    Hehe, oh piss auto is off for mp3, fixed. Interesting story about spotify, in short they met a shitload of resistance and only smashed through with 11 million quid specifically to fight law suits etc. They released it on torrent trackers first as i remember being one of the very first users. They used scene ripped mp3's also, i would wager a lot are still on it.

    I recall one of madonna's lawyers going off on one in a public irc chan with no vpn/bnc so we could see his/her real ip. It was the first 10Gbps ddos i had ever seen xD

    A sony top dog pushed spotify to because he was and is very likely still a scener. I recall articles at the time quoting him along the lines of "this is the future" basically. The rest were like the FA, stuffy old ****s who saw change as the enemy.
     
  8. quiet_riot

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    Don't get me wrong, it would have to be a very good solution to make me change from MY current entertainment provider ;)
     
  9. TCIB

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    Oh no i get you matey, people would be doing other stuff if they had less greed. I know one overworked and desperately handsome chap who would be making android apk's or at least refining their kotlin lang skills.
     
  10. Gaylord du Bois

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