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Nigerian Copyright Commission disconnects TV viewers

December 21, 2011 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) announced that it has disconnected over 1,300 illegal television subscribers and five suspects were arrested.

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) announced that it has disconnected over 1,300 illegal television subscribers (image: stock.xchng)

The subscribers were disconnected for unauthorized transmission of copyright protected broadcast signals of Multichoice (DSTV), HiTV and MyTV cable television stations, which took place in the Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States.

” In Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, the copyright inspectors raided Botex Television for hacking the broadcast signals of Multichoice (DSTV, HiTV and MyTV). About 500 illegal house-to-house pay television receivers were disconnected while an estimated N3 million worth of illegal broadcasting gadgets and accessories were impounded by the commission,” NCC’s Assistant Director for Public Affairs Vincent Oyefeso said in a statement.

“The statement listed the items confiscated in Ikot Ekpene as seven smart cards, 26 illegal decoders, 35 transmission boosters, signal splitters, accounting and subscription records, cable wires, TV sets, generators and stabilizers,” The Daily Champion wrote.

Charlie Fripp – Acting online editor

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