The police searched Euro Global’s retail premises on Emmastraat in Enschede on Wednesday morning. The company sold hundreds of illegal devices that allowed viewers to buy cheap, but illegal TV subscriptions. The Dutch police action follows similar raids in Poland and a coordinated pan-European police action that closed down an illegal IPTV network serving around half a million subscribers across Europe with an offer of around 1,200 TV channels.
The police has been investigating the company Euro Global for some time. The enquiry revealed that the company sold so-called Dreamboxes to hundreds of customers, who were able to buy cheap sunscriptions to various pay TV packages, including Ziggo and Sky
In addition to illegal software, the police seized administration, and took a number of servers offline, causing interruption of the pirate service.
No suspects have been arrested. However, a number of people will have to make a statement about their role in the pirate card-sharing operation.
Meanwhile, the polcie has issed a statement calling forn people who use one of these receivers with illegal access to report to the police before March 1, as they are breaking the law by using such devices. Because the police confiscated Euro Global’s administartion, they shoul have a record of all people who took out an illegal subscription.
It should be noted that the Dreambox receivers themselves are legal products, but pirate software can easily be added for card-sharing purposes or illegal IPTV offers.
(Video courtesy of RTV Oost, the regional public TV broadcaster)