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FBI shuts down 2 illegal streaming sites, one of which is bigger than Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu combined

The illegal streaming websites iStreamItAll and Jetflicks have been shut down by the FBI and DoJ. (Image: iStreamItAll splash page)
The illegal streaming websites iStreamItAll and Jetflicks have been shut down by the FBI and DoJ. (Image: iStreamItAll splash page)
Two computer programmers were arrested by the FBI this month on charges of procuring and distributing pirated content. The two programmers ran subscription-based websites that illegally streamed copyrighted content without the knowledge or consent of the copyright holders. One of the websites had more content available than Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Vudu.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced on Friday that it has shut down two Las Vegas-based illegal streaming sites. One of the sites had more content available than Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Vudu.

Darryl Polo was arrested for pirating and distributing copyrighted content through his website iStreamItAll (ISIA). The website offered a total of 118,749 episodes of television shows and 10,980 different movies. Users paid a monthly subscription fee to access this content, which was obtained through automated computer software that scoured torrent sites, downloaded the media, and stored it on servers located in Canada. 

In addition to ISIA, Polo worked on another illegal streaming site with an accomplice, Luis Villarino. The other site, called Jetflicks, is structured similarly to ISIA but at a smaller scope. Jetflicks used similar automated software to constantly find and download copyrighted content. Polo and Villarino worked as programmers for the pirate streaming site. 

Polo and Villarino will be sentenced in March 2020.

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Sam Medley, 2019-12-16 (Update: 2019-12-16)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.