Wear. The authorities’ secret “weapon” in combating the scourge of the IPTV Pirate that is felt around the world. As the greatest threat to holders of multimedia content transmission rights, IPTV channels and lists are the threat to the sector.
It can be said that this type of illicit services will not disappear in 2021. But according to specialized forums and market studies, the erosion of users is notorious. Not necessarily a decrease in users who agree with this type of illegal services and resort to them, but rather dissatisfaction with them and frustration with successive breaks and instabilities.
Wear and dissatisfaction, passive combat to IPTV Pirata
The question then arises – how long will users be subjected to instability in transmissions, low quality and breaks in service? In view of the expected increase in obstacles to the distribution of content via streaming illegal, it is expected that the sector will gradually lose users. It will not be an expeditious process, but gradual and time consuming.
Part of this equation necessarily depends on the action of the operators – something that also applies to UK. The action of MEO, NOS and Vodafone to lower the prices of television packages could effectively mitigate the scourge of pirated IPTV.
The probability of this happening is, for now, low. This despite not ruling out the application of more competitive prices in the post-pandemic, especially with the renewed breath of the national regulator, ANACOM in UK.
At the same time, pirated IPTV maintains its appeal in the face of the growing fragmentation of content distributed through streaming online movies and series. Between Netflix, HBO, Apple TV, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime and several other services, the user who wants to enjoy the entire collection will incur several monthly costs. This is where pirated IPTV sets customers.
As long as pirated IPTV is convenient, the paradigm will not change
It is also the lack of regulation in prices charged by operators in UK – with some channels premium costing as much or more than the subscription of the cheapest 3P packages, it is inevitable – understandable even – that the user looks for other ways.
Thus, we believe that the appeal of the pirated IPTV is twofold. Price, a primary factor, combined with the unification of several streaming services “in one service”, a secondary factor. Thus it is concluded that the pirated IPTV will not come to an end in 2021.
On the other hand, as this service encounters more legal obstacles and the forces of authority take actions that weaken this criminal distribution of content, its appeal will erode over time. Your convenience gradually disappears.
The pirated IPTV to watch football games in 2021
The empty stadiums will remain so, unfortunately, for much of the year, with competitions taking place behind closed doors. For fans of the king sport, there is no other option but to watch football on TV from home. To this end, there are few competitions broadcast over an open antenna, with most broadcasting rights belonging to channels such as Sport TV.
Once again, the consumer is faced with the need to subscribe to the channels premium, or look for illegal ways. And, although an IPTV service may not be enough, from what we have found, it is not uncommon for the UK’s user to have two or more pirated IPTV services subscribed, avoiding and having flaws in some of these.
It is from now on a game of patience, as long as the pirated IPTV is convenient and cheaper than the subscription of the channels with the broadcast rights, this black market will continue to succeed. There are, however, ways to stop it.
The “end” will come with greater regulation and better competition
Internationally, we see a concerted effort by various forces of the authorities to investigate and dismantle these pirate networks. In UK, specifically, we have no actions by the PGR or the Public Prosecutor’s Office to point out.
The Digital Markets Act also aims to have an effect in the European Union and to better regulate the digital market. This implies a redoubling of efforts to not only pursue illegal means, but to encourage more advantageous practices for the consumer.
Concluding on a personal note, I believe that, based on the harmonization of European directives for the digital market, with strong action by the national regulator (ANACOM) and some agreement from national operators, it will be possible, gradually, to convince users to opt for legal services. of television.
In short, it is an audacious goal and with many parties involved, which will necessarily inert any change. It is a course and possible means to put a brake on pirated IPTV services.
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