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India clamps down on channel piracy

An MSO in India has been hit with a visit from Mumbai’s police force for illegally showing unlicensed channels.  A report has been filed with the local magistrates.

MSO (7 Star) was showing Sky Movies, (amazingly) BBC America, HBO Family, Showtime, MM2, MBC Action and OHM Comedy, on the network

Television Post reported that 10 decoders, adapters and related play-out equipment were seized.

However, the MSO is claiming that the services are not in any way prohibited, but are not registered channels with the Indian authorities. No comment was made as to whether 7 Star was paying for the incoming signals. The MSO is also challenging the raid and the seizure of equipment, saying the Regulations do not cover streaming of services, only ‘broadcasting’.

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