ACE takes Morocco-based Electro TV Sat offline, a pirate that served millions

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Following action by the Alliance for Creativity and Media (ACE), against the pirate streaming service, Electro TV Sat’s domains were transferred to ACE and now redirect to ACE’s Watch Legally Web site.

Active since April 2020, Electro TV Sat had been distributing 6,000 channels and 200,000 movie titles & TV series illegally, which affected all 34 members of ACE. Two individuals from the city of Oujda in northeast Morocco operated the service.

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This development marks ACE’s second recent successful action in the North African region.  In 2020, ACE successfully shut down Algeria-based IPTV subscription service Akfasat. That service provided access to over 3,500 live channels and over 26,000 movies and TV shows.

Screen shot: Electro TV Sat Web site prior to take-down

Read the full ACE press release

Why it matters

“The theft of online content is the single greatest threat to the global creative community.   Shutting down Electro TV Sat in North Africa is a strong demonstration of the impact that ACE’s global investigative and enforcement capabilities can have on reducing that threat,” said Jan van Voorn, Executive Vice President and Chief of Global Content Protection for the Motion Picture Association.”

“CANAL+ Group has fought for years against audiovisual piracy, and our presence within ACE proves our involvement in this campaign. The many successes of ACE in the Maghreb region and CANAL+ Group’s consistent focus on French speaking markets highlight a new dynamic in the global fight against piracy, which should be of great concern to pirate IPTV resellers,” said Céline Boyer, Head of Content Protection, CANAL+ Group.

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