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Welcome to satscams.com. This site is provided by NagraStar to help educate and inform people about the civil and criminal actions taken by NagraStar and their partners, DISH Network and Bell TV. These actions are taken against those who try to obtain DISH Network or Bell programming in a fraudulent manner including, but not limited to, receiving programming without authorization by and payment to DISH Network and Bell TV; or illegally designing, manufacturing, marketing, selling, or using devices that could allow access to DISH Network or Bell TV satellite signals without authorization and payment.

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Universe IPTV

Court Orders Universe IPTV to Pay DISH $7m in Copyright Infringement Damages

In August 2020, DISH Network filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in the United States against 'pirate' IPTV provider Universal IPTV. DISH tracked down three defendants to addresses in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Germany but despite extensive efforts, could not engage the parties in legal battle. That has now resulted in a judgment in favor of DISH to the tune of $7 million. While the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment has built a reputation for shutting down pirate IPTV services by various means, US broadcaster DISH is more prolific when it comes to actual lawsuits.

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Certified Letter

Received a Letter?

Have you received a USPS certified letter similar to the one shown in the picture? Here at NagraStar, we send all first letters certified for tracking and legal purposes. These letters contain sensitive information, and for that reason, NagraStar must ensure that the letter reaches its intended recipient. Many choose to deny signing for the letter, and thus it is returned. Commonly, certified mail is sent by lawfirms and government agencies, and refusing the letter could result in legal ramifications. If you receive such a letter, NagraStar highly recommends accepting it. If you choose to ignore these letters and emails from NagraStar, you could be referred to our law firm, HNB, for litigation. Do not ignore the letter, and please contact NagraStar as soon as possible to resolve this legal matter.

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Several ‘SportsBay’ Pirate Streaming Sites Go Dark In Wake of US Lawsuit

Several large live streaming sites sued by DISH Network for breaching the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA have gone dark. SportsBay, the largest of the quartet, had around nine million visitors per month but an order issued by a Texas court requiring third-parties to hand over details of its operator may have set off alarm bells. Most pirate IPTV services online today operate by accessing official broadcasts and streams, capturing them with dedicated equipment, and then restreaming video to the public from dedicated servers.

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IBCAP announces $24 million lawsuit against iStar IPTV service

The International Broadcaster Coalition Against Piracy (IBCAP) today announced its latest member lawsuit. This latest case comes on the heels of more than 20 successful lawsuits coordinated and supported by IBCAP over the last five years. DISH Network, a member of IBCAP and the owner of exclusive rights that were infringed, filed this suit after multiple notices of infringement sent by IBCAP to iStar Company and Atlas Electronics were all ignored. The lawsuit filed today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan targets iStar Company

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Bill Omar Carrasquillo

DOJ announces indictments over $30 million TV copyright theft scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday that three men who allegedly operated a $30 million scheme to steal content from cable-TV providers and retransmit it illegally had been indicted in federal court in Philadelphia. DOJ said in a statement that Bill Omar Carrasquillo, 35, of Swedesboro, New Jersey; Jesse Gonzales, 42, of Pico Rivera, California; and Michael Barone, 36, of Richmond Hill, New York used subscriptions to Verizon, Comcast, and other cable services to illegally stream copyrighted content to thousands of their own paying subscribers.

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Area 51 IPTV

Hollywood Demands $16.35m From Operator of Pirate IPTV Services

A coalition of Hollywood studios, with the addition of Amazon and Netflix, are demanding $16.35m in damages from the operator of Altered Carbon, Area 51, and several other pirate IPTV services. In addition to a permanent injunction, they also seek execution of an earlier settlement agreement that wasn't honored plus $332,600 in attorney's fees. Early July, Warner Bros., several Universal companies, Amazon, Columbia, Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, and other content creators filed a lawsuit against Jason Tusa, the alleged operator of Altered Carbon, Area 51, and other pirate IPTV services. According to the complaint filed in a California court, Tusa is well known to the plaintiffs. In 2020 his Area 51 service was shut down following an Alliance For Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) cease-and-desist letter. A settlement proposal included a clause that Tusa couldn’t launch or be involved with any similar services.

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Dish and AT&T’s new wireless partnership potentially foreshadows DirecTV deal

AT&T is replacing T-Mobile as Dish Network’s primary network services partner, bringing the wireless company closer together with the satellite TV provider it nearly acquired almost 15 years ago and potentially increasing the likelihood of a Dish-DirecTV merger. According to people familiar with the matter, Dish founder and billionaire Charlie Ergen reached the final stages of selling his company to AT&T in 2007. When he pushed for a last-minute change in terms, the deal fell apart.

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NAGRA welcomes Operation 404 progress

Content protection and multiscreen television solutions provider NAGRA has declared it is proud to be working with Latin American anti-piracy association Alianza once again in leveraging its anti-piracy capabilities to bring down criminal activity in Brazil as part of Operação 404 (Operation 404), a partnership spanning local, regional, public and private organisations in many countries. “With the third phase of Operation 404 now underway, NAGRA – on behalf of Alianza – is continuing to play an important role in providing its industry and legal expertise and solutions to support the ongoing efforts and persistence of Brazilian government authorities, law enforcement and other agencies in taking down pirate organisations,” asserts Pascal Métral, VP of Legal Affairs and Head of Anti-Piracy Intelligence, Investigations and Litigation, NAGRA.

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Mumbai: Cyber cell arrests Thop TV app CEO

Mumbai: The Maharashtra cyber nodal cell on Tuesday arrested Thop TV app CEO, Satish Venkateshwarlu (28), from his Gurram Gada residence in Telangana for allegedly illegally streaming and transmitting content of TV channels and causing them huge losses. Star India had filed a case against the android software aggregator before the ICC World Test Championship final. Star India had claimed that Thop TV is a rogue app providing illegal access to films, shows and live sports on TV, as well as video-on-demand content, without authorization from the original owner.

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Thomas Stanley, a Fugitive From Justice, Recovered in the Bahamas

On Friday July 2nd, 2021, a joint operation consisting of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Immigration was launched after receiving a tip regarding a fugitive from justice. While in the area of Pig Beach near Staniel Cay, the officers conducted a search of the vessel "Chilling like a Villain." The search uncovered five undeclared firearms and several rounds of ammunition. Thomas Stanley, the operator of the vessel, fled from the U.S. while on bail to escape prosecution. Stanley reportedly had a fake Spanish passport and was planning to flee to Mexico. Through cooperation between the U.S. Marshalls Service, Bahamian police, and a network of private parties, Stanley was ultimately captured and taken into custody. Stanley will remain in a Bahamas jail before being brought back to the United States for his sentencing.

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Jetflicks: Programmer of Pirate IPTV Service Handed 12 Months in Prison

A man who worked as a programmer for a major pirate streaming operation has been sentenced in the US. Luis Angel Villarino was indicted in August 2019 for his part in running Jetflicks . After admitting to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, he has now been ordered to serve 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. In 2019, eight men were indicted by a grand jury for conspiring to violate criminal copyright law for running Jetflicks and iStreamitAll, two of the largest pirate streaming services in the United States. The Las Vegas-based platforms were huge. Jetflicks, which was disguised as an aviation service, offered around 183,285 pirated TV episodes to customers.

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