Bahrain blocks access for popular TV receivers

Ministry of Culture and Information orders all ISPs to prevent access to Dreambox set-top boxes

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Bahrain blocks access for popular TV receivers ISPs in Bahrain have been asked to block access for Dreambox users.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  October 18, 2009

The Ministry of Culture and Information has ordered all Bahrain ISPs to block access to Dreambox TV receivers that allow customers to view channels that "breach public morality" and encourages the illegal broadcasting of paid television channels.

The Dreambox is a set-top box that is capable of receiving digital decryption keys from illegal servers hosted on the internet, which can then be used to unscramble satellite channels. Access to these channels is known to be illegal and infringes on copyright.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority also pointed out that a number of pornographic channels were also made available through the devices, which goes against Bahrain's laws.

Local ISPs, upon request by the TRA, began blocking access to Dreambox receivers in the country from the 15th of October.

"Users of Dreamboxes are supporting criminal activities and will be disrupted by this action," a statement by the TRA read. "Techniques are being developed which will more securely block the access to the codes required for the Dreambox."

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