Xtream Codes IPTV Takedown
Xtream Codes IPTV takedown is a dominant topic on the streaming community right now and has so many aspects that either contaddict or just scare a lot of people. And going through most articles online, especially of the “old media” will get you more confused. So in this article instead we will try and make some sense of everything that happened with Xtream Codes and how that affects you.
What is Xtream Codes IPTV
Xtream Codes is an IPTV panel that allows IPTV providers to manage their own IPTV service and also manage their customer database. It is without any doubt the most popular and used platform for IPTV management.
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What Isn’t Xtream Codes IPTV
Xtream Codes isn’t an IPTV provider. In some articles that state “Xtream Codes illegal IPTV Service Shutdown” that is utterly nonsense.
Why This Shutdown Is Strange
The platform created by Xtream Codes is totally legal. While a lot of IPTV providers that use the specific platform may be illegal, a lot of them are not. Of course that is not for us to determine, there will be a judge and a lot of experts that should advise on this matter. But fact is that also totally legal and licensed IPTV providers are not working right now because of this takedown.
Why Was Xtream Codes Shutdown
It all started by an investigation of the Italian Police GdF aka “Guardia Di Finanza”, the finance police section of Italy. They arrested a team of an IPTV provider that was working illegally by capturing italian paid tv channels and then streaming them online. In the city of Naples, in an apartment, GdF found a lot of Italian Sky TV decoders that they re-streamed the channels online. The whole operation started since the seller or a reseller was promoting his service on a Facebook page and that was what caught the attention of the Police. When they started unveiling the IPTV providers infrastructure they noticed they were using Xtream Codes IPTV platform and since there were also foreign channels involved they contacted other countries authorities as well. That all brought to a joint force named EUROJUST. Eurojust raided the Xtream Codes panel/backend servers.
Which Is The Big Issue
Since the Xtream Codes IPTV server was seized, Eurojust now has the data of most IPTV providers in the world! They have IP addresses of IPTV servers and the IPTV providers and possibly also names and payment data. They also have IPTV resellers data like email addresses and credits, payment info. And IPTV customers data like usernames, passwords, last used IPs and payment info. In other words they can provide all those information to local authorities of each country where they decide how to act. It is needless to say that illegal IPTV providers and resellers and the big fishes in this operation. The authorities will surely go after the IPTV providers and in some occasions also some resellers.
What About IPTV Customers
While most users these days use a VPN as a measure of protection, especially when streaming content online, that is not the rule to some. Even though in most articles it is mentioned that customers are in danger for fines up to $25.000, on the press conference the Eurojust officials stated more than once that they will not go after customers. That is according to the officials because most of the customers may not even know that the IPTV providers may have been illegal. But in whole honesty, according to their data more than 5 million customers where found in Italy alone. That is more than the 9% of the country (which also makes me wonder if that actual number is real). There is no way that they could go after all those people, let alone have the resources to do so. So my personal opinion, the customers should still be safe.
What Comes Next
You believe or not Xtream Codes IPTV Facebook Page is back online: https://www.facebook.com/XtreamCodes/ . Also a new website popped up with the URL as https://xtream.codes/ . And while there are other option, other platforms that can substitute Xtream Codes, it is almost that the platform will come back. Maybe with more supervision, but they didn’t do anything illegal at the first place. And most what about IPTV providers? Well, some of them that used this platform have already migrated to other platforms. But also some of them, took the money and run. After all this was the perfect excuse to close down, no questions asked and do act surprised if they open under a new name really soon.