The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) sent Digital Broadcasters Vendor News an announcement that it is in full support in the recent action by Bangkok police high-profile raids on three Bangkok-based cable TV operators. found distributing unlicensed movies and other pay-TV content.
A 30-strong Thai anti-piracy Task Force raided Golden Channel Cable TV, Sunshine Entertainment Cable TV and Thai Soon Cable TV. They seized broadcasting equipment, made arrests and shut down the operators for infringement of copyright and others breaches of the law.
CASBAA said the Thai police action reaffirms the determination of the global video content industry to tackle pay-TV signal theft head-on.
CASBAA said the US headquartered, Motion Picture Association helped to coordinate the Bangkok raids.
The impact of pirated PAY TV broadcast signals across the Asia Pacific was a central theme at the recent CASBAA 2006 Annual meet in Hong Kong.
CASBAA and the Standard Chartered Bank authored a report that estimated that signal theft in Thailand will cost content owners and legitimate pay-TV operators an estimated US$160 million in 2006.
A two-day ASEAN workshop coincidentally has just taken place in Bangkok on “intellectual property rights in broadcasting”, attended by officials of ASEAN member countries: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Thailand.