Hong Kong − CASBAA, the Association of the Asia-Pacific Pay-TV industry, welcomed press reports that Chinese language television broadcasters had filed suit in U.S. courts against companies promoting and selling a brand of streaming media boxes targeted at receiving large amounts of pirated TV programming. The suit was filed in Federal court in California by TVB from Hong Kong, CCTV from mainland China, and Dish-TV, a U.S. satellite television provider that carries legitimately authorised programming from many countries. They accused several companies of promoting a brand of pirate TV player calledTVPad.

“Proliferation of black box streaming media players is a deadly problem for the Asian and international television industries,” said CASBAA’s Chief Policy Officer, John Medeiros.

“Governments are only beginning to take this problem seriously, and it is profoundly weakening their creative content producers.”

CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter noted that these devices are manufactured and sold by multinational criminal syndicates whose upstream arms intercept copyrighted TV channels and programmes and stream them via the Internet to millions of consumers around the world. Programmes and channels from all major TV broadcasters and producers are stolen in this way; both from international providers like HBO, Fox, Discovery and BBC, as well as from indigenous Asian producers from places like India, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.