The Turkey-based streaming pirate site Seko IPTV has been shut down as the result of the first major operation in that country by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE).The domains associated with Seko IPTV have been transferred to ACE, and now redirect to ACE’s Watch Legally landing page.
Seko IPTV had been available by subscription through a variety of access alternatives and devices, including its own Web sites, YouTube, Kodi, PC browsers, iOS and Android mobiles, via MAG-based illicit stremaing devices, and via social media.
Seko IPTV content was available both directly to end-users and through a network of resellers, with more than 20,000 titles offered illegally. It offered 24/7 technical support via email and What’sApp.
Other than mentioning an ‘action’ near Istanbul, ACE made no explicit reference to property seizures, arrests, or to any network of law enforcement or judicial partners that ACE may have worked with, leading to the take-down.
Read the ACE press release (Feb. 16, 2022)
Why it matters
“Historically, Turkey has been the base to many operators behind international illegal services,” said Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association. “After successfully shutting down Seko IPTV, ACE fully intends to stay active throughout the region to protect our members’ content.”