German police cracks down on Sky piracy


As part of a Europe-wide raid against the operators of so called underground economy forums, the central unit for the fight against internet crime of the public prosecution office in Frankfurt has by order of Germany’s federal crime agency induced a warrant of arrest against the alleged operator of illegal streaming platform istreams.to.

The site offered its users illegal access to the pay-TV channels of Sky Deutschland for a monthly fee. The platform can’t be reached any longer and the operator is in detention while awaiting trial.

The investigations by the federal crime agency against the streaming platform were preceded by a complaint of an offence by Sky Deutschland in 2012 and the continuous securing and presentation of evidence by the pay-TV operator.

On February 23 and 24, 2016, the investigators arrested a 22-year old German man from the Münsterland region. The arrest marks the second success against the illegal exploitation of Sky content within a month.

On February 10, 2016 the district court of Verden imposed a one-year prison sentence on parole on a 53-year old card sharing pirate on the grounds of illegal provision of access to Sky’s pay-TV channels through the internet.