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FACT: illicit streaming boxes a fire risk

Illicit streaming devices in the UK market present a significant fire risk to users, according to a study by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) and Electrical Safety First. According to the study, 100% of illicit boxes entering the UK market fail to meet national electrical safety regulations. None of the illicit streaming devices that […]

UK government: 15% of web users watch content illegally

Approximately 6.7 million UK internet users, some 15%, consumed at least one item of online content illegally during the three months prior to March 2017, according to government stats. The UK Intellectual Property Office’s ‘IP Crime and Enforcement Report 2016/17’ claimed that “criminality threatens to implicate millions of ordinary consumers” as the use of set-top […]

Proximus: studios handicapping pay TV providers by restricting rights

Pay TV service providers need Hollywood studios to make their content available on all platforms and abandon outdated and self-defeating restrictions on the rights they grant, according to Stephanie Rockmann, director, content and media at Belgian service provider Proximus. Speaking on a panel session at the Connected TV World Summit in London this morning, Rockmann […]

Sandvine: 70% of Kodi boxes set up for pirated content

Some 68.6% of North American households with Kodi boxes also have unofficial add-ons configured to access unlicensed content, according to research by Sandvine. The broadband network solutions firm said that 8.8% of US and Canadian homes have at least one device in their household with an active Kodi installation. Overall, the study estimated that some […]

YouGov: 5m UK viewers use pirate streaming services

Nearly 5 million UK adults, some 10% of the population, use pirate TV streaming services or apps, according to YouGov. The research firm said that 4.9 million people currently have access to platforms such as illegal Kodi boxes, chipped Amazon Fire TV Sticks, and illegal streaming apps on smartphones and tablets. It also estimated that […]

Five arrested in UK clampdown on illegal TV set-top boxes

Five people have been arrested in North West of England as part of a crackdown on the sale and distribution of illegal TV set-top devices. UK’s intellectual property protection organisation, FACT, instigated the action on behalf the Premier League, Sky, BT Sport and Virgin Media. The raids on the homes of the suspects turned up […]