A man who pleaded guilty to supplying set-top boxes that illegally provided access to pay-TV content has been jailed for two years.
Paul Jaques, of West Yorkshire, sold around 2,500 of the illegal devices, with accompanying illicit subscriptions.
Between 2015 and 2019, he received more than £200,000 from the sales of the set-top boxes through his website and through eBay.
Customers were able to view pay-TV sports and movie content without a subscription from the legitimate supplier.
Assistant Chief Constable Pete O’Doherty, national policing lead for IP Crime, said: “The severity of the sentence handed down in this case underlines the seriousness of this crime and should act as a warning to anyone involved in online piracy – both those facilitating the activity and those watching at home.
Kieron Sharp, Chief Executive of anti-piracy organisation added: “This is another case that shows the serious consequences faced by individuals that choose to break the law by supplying illegal content.
“FACT will continue to work with broadcasters and rights holders to crackdown on illegal streaming and to hold those behind it accountable for their actions. This is not a grey area and anyone involved in supplying illegal content risks a criminal conviction.”
The conviction is the latest in a series of actions designed to crack down on illegal streaming, and those profiting from it.
In June this year, Mark Schofield was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years for selling devices that provided access to paid-for content including sport and films via his Facebook page.