Studios Win $10M in Damages in Full Suspension of IPTV Service Vader Streams

Vader, an IPTV service that seemingly offered live access to 1,000+ TV channels for just $15 a month, shut down in May. Now, The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) — who works on the behalf of major studios — has obtained a permanent injunction from the Federal Court in Canada against Vader Streams. ACE achieved full suspension of Vader Streams’ operations, and the piracy outfit was ordered to pay $10 million in damages

“On behalf of all ACE members, I applaud the Court’s decision to permanently put an end to piracy operations conducted by Vader Streams,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. “Actions like these can help reduce piracy and promote a dynamic, legal marketplace for creative content that provides audiences with more choices than ever before, while supporting millions of jobs in the film and television industry.”

Although IPTV services like Vader offer a bargain for users to stream content for a cheap alternative, because of the legality issues, many can shutdown at any moment, meaning any customers should accept the personal risk of using an illegal service. A good rule of thumb is that if the service offers substantially more channels, for less many than the legitimate services from AT&T like AT&T TV NOW or Dish Network like Sling TV — it is likely not legal.