Content Piracy Is an Increasing Threat to Pay TV and OTT

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4Q 2018 | IN-5338

 

Asia Video Industry Association Reveals Subscription Video Piracy Threat in Thailand

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The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) recently revealed that nearly half of consumers in Thailand use streaming TV boxes loaded with applications that allow access to pirated Television (TV) and video content. These illicit streaming devices allow users to access a wide range of pirated TV channels and Video on Demand (VOD) content, usually with a low annual fee. AVIA indicates that the trend threatens a significant impact on legal video streaming platforms and traditional pay TV services because nearly one-third of consumers who own the illicit streaming boxes cancel their subscription TV services. An amendment to the Copyright Act proposed by the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) targeting the production and distribution of illicit TV boxes will be shortly presented to the State Council to enforce the anti-piracy action.

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