ABU and CASBAA team up to fight signal theft

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) have decided to work together to combat signal theft in the region.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  March 9, 2004

The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) have decided to work together to combat signal theft in the region. "Piracy is a big problem for our members in Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and India," commented Simon Twiston Davies, CASBAA's CEO. He said that signal theft was increasing at the rate of 11% each year in Asia, and was corroding the ability of the industry to grow. According to Twiston, the cost of piracy of channels by unlicensed cable operators, under-declaring of subscriptions by licensed operators, and ad-blocking by cable operators, amounted to more than US $1.2 billion a year in the Asian region. The Secretary-General of ABU, David Astley, warned that many free-to-air channels were also suffering signal theft, and proposed that the two organisations work together where there are issues of common interest. "Whilst our two organisations may be dealing with piracy issues from a different perspective, there are many areas where we overlap and on which we should combine our efforts," he noted. "Lobbying of governments to protect the interests of broadcasters will be more effective if we speak with one voice," he added.

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