Satellites

24% Hong Kong viewers use TV boxes to stream pirated content: CASBAA

24% Hong Kong viewers use TV boxes to stream pirated content: CASBAA

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/26/casbaa.jpg?itok=PXd2-9UD

MUMBAI: In a recent survey of the content viewing behaviour of Hong Kong consumers, released by CASBAA, the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia-Pacific, it was found that close to one in four consumers (24 per cent) use a TV box which can be used to stream pirated television and video content.

These TV boxes are known as illicit streaming devices (ISD) and allow users to access thousands of pirated television channels and VOD content with the payment of one-time fee. TV boxes BossTV (9 per cent), Ubox (7 per cent), EVPad (6 per cent), Lingcod (5 per cent), and Magic Box (4 per cent), which come pre-loaded with applications allowing ‘plug-and-play’ access to pirated content, are among the most popular ISDs among Hong Kong consumers.

“The ISD ecosystem is impacting all businesses involved in the production and distribution of legitimate content. ISD piracy is also organised crime, pure and simple, with crime syndicates making substantial illicit revenues from the provision of illegally re-transmitted TV channels and the sale of such ISDs,” said CASBAA chief executive officer Louis Boswell as quoted by DigitalTVEurope.com

The survey also found that some of the world’s top e-retail stores and social media platforms are preferred destinations where Hong Kong consumers acquire their ISDs and other devices used for pirating video content.

Of those consumers who own an ISD, about half of respondents (49 per cent) claim to have purchased their illicit streaming device from Sham Shui Po, a popular local electronics hotspot. The survey also found that some of the world’s top e-retail stores and social media platforms are preferred destinations where Hong Kong consumers acquire their ISDs and other devices used for pirating video content from. Additionally, ISDs are particularly favoured among 25 to 34-year-olds and high-income earners with university degrees.

According to a quote given by CASBAA’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) MD Neil Gane to Advanced Television, “the damage that content theft does to the creative industries is without dispute. However, the damage done to consumers themselves, because of the nexus between content piracy and malware, is only beginning to be recognised. The piracy ecosystem is a hotbed for malware, whether purchasing ISDs from Sham Shui Po’s Golden Arcade or downloading content from infamous torrent sites. Unfortunately the appetite for free or paying cheap subscription rates for stolen content, blinkers some consumers from the real risks of malicious malware infection such as spyware.”

CAP includes leading video content creators and distributors in Asia. Members include: beIN Sports, CASBAA, Discovery, The Walt Disney Company, Fox Networks Group, HBO Asia, NBCUniversal, Premier League, Turner Asia-Pacific, A&E Networks, Astro, BBC Worldwide, CANAL+, Cignal, La Liga, Media Partners Asia, National Basketball Association, PCCW Media, Singtel, Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia, TVB, True Visions, TV5MONDE, and Viacom International Media Networks.

Also Read:

CASBAA elects new board directors

CASBAA lauds India; calls for more broadcast, satellite reforms

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/23/asia-sat.jpg?itok=p45zZTE6
AsiaSat taps into HERMES Live’s streaming service

Satellite solutions provider Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company (AsiaSat) has signed up Hong Kong-based live-streaming platform HERMES Live as its technology partner. Under the deal, HERMES Live will provide seamless live streaming service to AsiaSat customers across the world.

Satellites Satellite Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/22/rocket.jpg?itok=qz1zQdH6
#Throwback2020: Success in space and satellites

The pandemic may have slowed down life on earth, but it could not deter the world from looking beyond. As most activities came to a sudden halt, the space agencies across the globe persevered through the crisis.

Satellites Satellite Launches
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/17/ishro.jpg?itok=QZlCNP5S
ISRO successfully launches communication satellite CMS-01

The countdown before liftoff is always a heart-stopping moment during a satellite launch. And it was no different today at the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO's) second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

Satellites Satellite Launches
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/17/satellite.jpg?itok=e62fsfCC
ISRO gears up for PSLV's fifty second flight

NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is all set to launch its forty second communication satellite from Sriharikota, on Thursday afternoon, subject to weather conditions. The launch is scheduled at 3:41 pm when the space agency’s old workhorse, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle...

Satellites Satellite Launches
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/25/at%26t.jpg?itok=xjvmtBH7
AT&T DirecTV’s satellite woes

MUMBAI: What happens when a DTH satellite turns rogue? Well, it has to be sent to the graveyard or junk orbit, which is 300 km above the geostationary orbit (35,786 km above the earth). That’s exactly what the AT&T-owned direct to home service provider DirecTV is dealing with. One of its...

Satellites Satellite Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/17/isro2.jpg?itok=2FMYadyC
Arianespace launches GSAT-30 successfully

In the early hours of 17 January 2.35 am IST, Arianespace the commercial arm of the European Space Agency, successfully and flawlessly lifted off its two payloads Eutelsat Konnect and ISRO's GSAT-30, into space from the spaceport of Kourou, French Guiana using its Ariane 5 rocket.

Satellites Satellite Launches
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/16/isro.jpg?itok=WJ9aXvOn
ISRO to replace INSAT-4A with GSAT-30

The location: Kourou, French Guiana. The date: 17 January 2020. The time: 02:35 am IST. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists will be at their consoles, their brows creased in concentration as the countdown for the liftoff off its new generation communication satellite GSAT 30 off...

Satellites Satellite Launches
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/12/16/isro.jpg?itok=lmtT1iMW
ISRO sees rise in third party satellite launches

MUMBAI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is slowly but surely making its mark as far as its satellite launch services are concerned. Consider: in 2018-19 it pocketed Rs 324.19 crore courtesy its launch capabilities as against Rs 232.56 crore in the year before. That’s a decent 35 per...

Satellites Satellite Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/06/26/globe.jpg?itok=QUNvZwf5
Globecast introduces virtual networking for high bandwidth IP-over-satellite connectivity for the enterprise market

MUMBAI: Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has announced Globecast Virtual Networking (GCVN), a new service offering that brings two-way, high bandwidth, IP-over-satellite connectivity to the enterprise market. It provides fast, reliable IP connectivity anywhere and anytime where...

Satellites Satellite Operators

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required