UK government: Premier League must be FTA on return

The English Premier League has been given the go ahead to resume – on the condition that it makes a number of the remaining matches available to audiences for free. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden met with the league on Thursday and laid out a number of demands that must be met in order for the […]

Saudi takeover of Newcastle slammed by beIN Media CEO over history of piracy

Qatari broadcaster beIN Media has publicly come out against the takeover of Newcastle United by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. PIF, which has Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman as its chairman, emerged as a surprise buyer of the English football club earlier this month and has agreed to buy an 80% […]

Over 700 fake Netflix websites appear in one week as scammers look to exploit pandemic

While streaming services are seeing record viewership as a result of the ongoing global pandemic, hackers are creating counterfeit sites to capitalise on the interest and potential confusion. According to security firm Mimecast, more than 700 websites impersonating Netflix appeared online between April 6 and Easter Sunday on April 12. Similarly, Disney+ saw four copycat […]

Coronavirus crisis provides boost for French SVOD take-up

The coronavirus crisis is giving a significant boost to take up of SVOD services in France, according to a study by anti-piracy watchdog the Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi). The latest study by the regulatory outfit showed that 46% of French internet users reported subscribing […]

Sports bodies call on US to keep Saudi Arabia on piracy priority list

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UEFA and a range of US sports bodies have called on the US government to keep Saudi Arabia on its priority watchlist on the eve of a review into the Kingdom’s piracy activities.  The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office is currently holding public hearings in its annual review […]

Content piracy prominent in Taiwan with a third of consumers admitting to practice

A third of Taiwanese consumers have actively consumed pirated video content, a new study has revealed. According to new figures from the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), 33% of consumers in the country have accessed streaming piracy websites or torrent sites to access premium content without paying any subscription fees. In addition, 28% of respondents […]

Piracy to exceed US$67 billion by 2023

The value of pirate video services accessed by pay TV and non-pay TV consumers has been projected to exceed US$67 billion by 2023.  According to a new study from Parks Associates, if 10% of pay TV subscribers discontinued paying for the service in favour of piracy it could cost operators US$6 billion. The report also […]

Majority of Indonesian consumers admit to piracy

Nearly two thirds of video consumers in Indonesia have used pirate services. According to a new report from the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and conducted by YouGov, 63% of viewers consume pirate content and 29% use illicit streaming devices (ISDs) which stream pirated content. In total, 62% of those who admit […]

Volia claims victory in piracy case

Ukraine’s leading cable operator Volia has claimed a victory in its ongoing battle against piracy with the sentencing of an individual to three years imprisonment, a rare conviction in a country where content theft is widespread. The Ivano-Frankivsk District Court of Lviv in western Ukraine sentenced the unnamed individual for organising an illegal pirate network […]

Canal+ Polska fights piracy of new original series

Polish pay TV operator Canal+ Polska said it identified some 2,720 individual sources of piracy involving the first four episodes of its series Żmijowisko being made available illegally for viewing or download, but that it had effectively removed 99% of these.  The operator identified 62 websites on which rates posted the total 2,720 files and […]

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