The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the world’s leading coalition dedicated to protecting the legal marketplace and reducing digital piracy, has officially shut down three popular illegal Canadian IPTV services, Northern IPTV, IPTVOnline24 and GloryV.
“This is an important step in ACE’s ongoing efforts to reduce piracy in Canada and throughout the global creative ecosystem,” said Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association. “We will continue to protect our creative workforce and the content it creates.”
Northern IPTV was an Ontario based IPTV subscription service with over 2200 live channels and video-on-demand (VOD) content. Pricing ranged between $17.85- $45.00 with over 50% of the services customers originating in Canada.
Based in Western Canada and offering subscriptions ranging from $10 a month to $50 for 6 months, GloryV IPTV was an IPTV subscription service with over 3000 live channels, video-on-demand (VOD) and PPV content. Over 90% of the services customers originated in North America.
IPTVOnline24, operating out of Quebec, was an IPTV subscription service with over 10,000 Live TV channels and 9,500 video-on-demand titles. The service also had a custom app.
After identifying and serving the operators of each service, all Northern IPTV, MaxxIPTV and IPTVOnline24 domains were transferred to ACE and are now redirecting to the Watch Legally section on the ACE website.
Bell Media, a member of ACE, also welcomed the action. “Canadian creators are offering consumers innovative, exciting, and high-quality content and experiences, but illegal subscription services threaten the ability of Canada’s creative sector to thrive in the digital world,” said Mark Graham, VP legal & regulatory at Bell. “We welcome the shutdown of these illegal services and will continue to work with the industry, government and law enforcement to combat content theft and protect legitimate Canadian content and those who work hard to produce it.”
“Canada’s legitimate digital marketplace continues to grow, but is hampered by illegal IPTV services,” said Sundeep Chauhan, VP and Senior Legal Counsel Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association – Canada. “ACE will stay active across Canada to protect the legal ecosystem.” BCS Bureau