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WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT WEDNESDAY EDITION €1.00 WEDNESDAY • 18 NOVEMBER 2020 • ISSUE 714 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY EDITORIAL • PAGE 11 PAGE 7 ANALYSIS • PAGES 8 & 9 Why Abela does not congratulate Metsola PAGE 3 'Overly optimistic sound bites created false sense of security' KARL AZZOPARDI THE recent crackdown on providers of illicit soft- ware installed on IPTV and Android boxes, used to stream protected media content free of charge, has left users and resellers in Malta unperturbed, despite the illegality of the service, MaltaToday has learned. IPTV is widely sought-after in Malta, with 28% of households reported to have subscribed to IP- TV or Android box services. But posts and comments on social media fol- lowing police action last week show a reluctance by IPTV users to accept their free streaming could come to a complete stop any time soon. IPTV users unfazed by recent police crackdown on service providers Police say IPTV box itself is not an 'illicit device', but insist software redesign to stream protected content is illegal

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