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Technology FBI breaks up 2 illegal streaming sites — including iStreamItAll, with more subscribers than Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu

01:10  16 december  2019
01:10  16 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Two programmers in Las Vegas recently admitted to running two of the largest illegal television and movie streaming services in the country, according to federal officials.

One of the platforms reportedly had more paying subscribers than Netflix, Hulu and other popular licensed streaming platforms.

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Illegal television and movie streaming services Jetflicks and iStreamItAll (ISIA) once boasted of 11, 2019Catch up on the developing stories making headlines.Bernd von Jutrczenka/Picture Alliance The site even boldly proclaimed that it had more content available than Netflix , Hulu , Vudu and Amazon

Eight people in the U.S. have been charged with running two illegal video streaming services, one of which claimed to offer “ more content than Netflix , Hulu , Vudu, and Amazon Prime .”.

An FBI investigation led officials to Darryl Polo, 36, and Luis Villarino, 40, who have pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges for operating iStreamItAll, a subscription-based streaming site, and Jetflix, a large illegal TV streaming service, federal officials said Friday.

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With roughly 118,000 TV episodes and 11,000 movies, iStreamItAll provided members with more content than Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Vudu, according to prosecutors.

Polo urged members of iStreamItAll via email to cancel licensed services in favor of pirated content, according to his plea agreement. He also admitted to earning $1 million from his piracy operations, officials said. He also admitted to downloading the content from torrent websites.

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Illegal television and movie streaming services Jetflicks and iStreamItAll (ISIA) once boasted of offering over Just like Jetflicks, ISIA provided content for a regular subscription fee which included over 100,000 The site even boldly proclaimed that it had more content available than Netflix , Hulu

Illegal television and movie streaming services Jetflicks and iStreamItAll (ISIA) once boasted of offering over Just like Jetflicks, ISIA provided content for a regular subscription fee which included over 100,000 The site even boldly proclaimed that it had more content available than Netflix , Hulu

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"Specifically, Polo used sophisticated computer programming to scour global pirate sites for new illegal content; to download, process, and store these works; and then make the shows and movies available on servers in Canada," officials said.

In addition, Polo ran several other piracy services, including one called SmackDownOnYou, Justice Department officials said. He also pleaded guilty to money laundering charges.

Polo and Villarino were involved in operating Jetflix, which allowed users to download, process, store and stream copyrighted television programs without permission from copyright owners, according to officials.

Jetflix had tens of thousands of paid subscribers throughout the U.S., officials said.

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Two of the minds behind the nation’s largest pirate streaming services, iStreamItAll and Jetflicks, have pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement charges In his plea agreement, Polo told DOJ officials that his illicit subscription-based service, iStreamItAll , offered more than 118,000 television

illegal streaming service in the US with more content than Netflix , Hulu and Amazon Prime COMBINED. Polo left Jetflicks and created competing site called iStreamItAll , officials said. They allegedly ran two of largest unauthorized streaming services that resulted in loss of millions of dollars

Both programmers admitted to using "automated software programs and other tools to locate, download, process and store illegal content, and then quickly make those television programs available on servers in the U.S. and Canada," federal officials said.

iStreamItAll and Jetflix were built to play content on smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, video game consoles and web browsers, costing copyright owners millions of dollars, the Justice Department said.

Polo and Villarino will be sentenced in Virginia in March. Other defendants in the case are scheduled to go to trial in February.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: FBI breaks up 2 illegal streaming sites — including iStreamItAll, with more subscribers than Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu

FBI busts two illegal streaming sites so massive they dwarf Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu .
In spite of the fact that consumers now have an abundance of choice when it comes to streaming video services to pay for, there are still thousands of people, it seems, who would prefer to pay for an alternative to Netflix, Disney+ and the like. An illegal alternative. Over the weekend, the US Justice Department, thanks to the work of FBI investigators, announced guilty pleas from two Las Vegas-based programmers accused of running massive illegal streaming sites. Sites so massive that at least one of them, a service called iStreamItAll, boasted more content than Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and Amazon Prime, combined, according to the DOJ.

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