Illegal broadcasting

The term ‘illegal broadcasting’ was traditionally given to unlicensed radio stations commonly known as pirate stations. However, as streaming has become mainstream, TV, films and sports events are now being illegally broadcast at home and in commercial premises

Streaming devices
Streaming devices, such as USB sticks, IPTV devices and set-top boxes, can be illegally configured with infringing apps and add-ons to unlawfully stream copyrighted TV, films, sports, music and games.

We work closely with law enforcement, governments and the wider creative industries to combat the issue and have already taken action against numerous IPTV sellers and distributors.

We can protect your content and stop it being broadcast illegally using a range of tactical solutions. Contact us today to find out more.

Card sharing and signal theft
Premium pay-for television channels are encrypted to prevent illegal broadcasting. However, fraudsters seek to illegally crack the encryption and then sell this information on, a process known as card sharing.

Signal theft is the act of illegally manipulating satellite signals without authorisation. Cable decoders or satellite de-scramblers provide unauthorised access to satellite broadcasts. Internationally, programmes not legally available in a country are pirated from satellites in one country and re-transmitted to another by cable or broadcast TV.

Illegal broadcasting in business premises
Businesses such as pubs, clubs and hotels are required to have commercial viewing agreements for premium pay-for television channels. However, some circumvent the law and broadcast sports, TV and films to the general public without a licence or authorised subscription

Contact FACT

FACT works closely with Sky, BT Sports and Virgin Media to tackle illegal broadcasting. Our intelligence and investigation services can protect your content too. Get in touch today to find out more

Phone: +44 (0)20 8891 1217 Email: [email protected]

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