«Tricolor TV» blocked more than 2 500 pirate sites for 3.5 years

The largest Russian operator of digital television «Tricolor TV» continues the successful campaign against piracy in Russia and the CIS countries. For the first half of 2017 at the initiative of the operator is blocked more than 520 Internet resources, 10 criminal and 10 administrative cases.

Summed up the anti-piracy activities of «Tricolor TV» in the first half of 2017. In the framework of the prevention of illegal activities illegal connecting individuals to the digital TV services through the installation of pirated hardware and malware law enforcement seized more than 90 pieces of pirate equipment (62 pirates receiver 23 smart carda, 3 personal computers and 2 programmers and cryptomodule and other equipment). 10 criminal cases were opened in Russia and the CIS countries, four of which were submitted to the court. Three of those convictions, the courts sentence under the criminal code. Given excited by law enforcement agencies in 2016 in the preliminary investigation stage during the 6 months of 2017 there were 18 criminal cases, four of them in the CIS.

«Tricolor TV» continues to struggle with pirate sites that offer illegal access to television channels of satellite television. For the first half of 2017 at the request of the operator has blocked more than 520 Internet resources, 10.6% more than in the same period last year. Thus, in 2014 was blocked for more than 2 500 pirate sites.

«Tricolor TV» also continues the work to prevent violations of copyright and related rights. For the first half of 2017 as a result of inspections conducted by members of the «Tricolor TV» together with representatives of the Prosecutor’s office and the interior Ministry, was filed 10 cases on administrative offences. This is more than last year, and three of them have already been adjudicated. Consideration of law enforcement is still 23 statements about attraction to administrative responsibility. Recall that the b2b segment of the pay TV market reached in 2016 1,53 billion rubles and will continue to grow in the coming years at a faster pace than the General market, averaging 10.2% per year (data of the analytical Agency «TMT Consulting»). This result is made possible, in part, thanks to effective operators with violations of copyright and related rights. So, the base of subscribers-legal entities «Tricolor TV» on the end of the first half of 2017 have increased by more than 60% compared with the same period last year.

It’s necessary to note violations in the field of copyright and related rights, allowed cable and IPTV operators, illegal retranslated content of «Tricolor TV». Thus, in the first half of 2017 conducted audits of 11 operators. Within claims one operator stop illegal actions in relation to several operators work continues.

УThe strengthening of the licensing market is directly related to the effectiveness of anti-piracy measures. In 2016, industry associations and the state representatives put forward a number of legislative initiatives aimed at improving the resource lock providing access to the unlicensed content. These measures are intended to encourage the consumption of legal content in Russia, the development of the services of the type «video on demand» and digital market as a whole. We will remind that since June of 2017 subscribers of the largest Russian operator of digital television can purchase to view top-rated films in satellite service «Cinemas «Tricolor TV», without connecting to the Internet.

Elizaveta Kapralova
Chief Communication Officer, Tricolor TV
«Tricolor TV» has proven in practice that the invincibility of piracy is a myth. The Russian paid television market is firmly on its feet. Pleased to note that one of the latest trends is a development of corporate sales. Industry experts predict high growth in this segment. This was made possible thanks to the active struggle against violations of the right to public display. However, further growth of the market associated, including, with the introduction of non-linear services, can lead to the emergence of new threats. Operators, law enforcement agencies, right holders and industry organizations should combine their efforts to prevent the piracy attempts to destroy the licensed television market.
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