Canal Plus Group and Kudelski Group have shut down Swiss pirate KBoxServ.
The two companies worked with Vaud Police which led the effort with the support of Europol and Eurojust, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation.
KBoxServ, provided access to a catalogue featuring more than 77,000 TV episodes and 7,000 films and was promoted on social networks including Facebook and Instagram, boasting thousands of followers.
IPTV devices, pre-configured to give lifetime access to protected content, were sold online and through multiple retail shops across Switzerland and France. The pirated content was distributed through servers located in various European countries, including Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
“We appreciate the support of the Vaud Police and all organisations that were involved in bringing down this operation,” said Céline Boyer, head of content protection, Canal Plus Group and Brice Daumin director of Canal Plus Switzerland. “The Kudelski Group has been a valuable partner in the fight against piracy on a global level to help us not only protect content owner rights but ensure we can continue to deliver high-quality content to our subscribers. Together we are sending a clear sign that piracy of protected content is theft.”