200,000 Portuguese pirate homes

At least 200,000 households in Portugal are equipped with pirate equipment for pay-TV reception, according to the Portuguese Federation of Video Editors (FEVIP), which represents the interests of its members in the coordination of the national programme against audiovisual piracy.

The estimated damage to pay-TV operators from card-sharing amounts to between €600,000 and €1 million a month.

Pay-TV pirates risk penalties of up to five years in prison and large fines.

The audiovisual sector claims that piracy levels are very high in Portugal and have cost more than 20,000 jobs, responsible for 2.8 per cent of the Portuguese GDP.

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