Dish TV owner to crack down on illegal UAE use

Subhash Chandra said he will work with UAE authorities to curb usage.
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Subhash Chandra, the chairman of Dish TV's parent company Essel Group, says he is looking to work with the UAE authorities to stop illegal usage of services here.

Chandra said he intended to "clamp down" on such practices, according to The National. "I'd like to seize this equipment. I'd like to give a message to the people ... that this is illegal," he said.

"We would work with the [UAE] Government and administration to put some kind of legislation by which they could be stopped. We are doing that - we are working on it already."

Various attempts have been made by the authorities to clamp down on the illegal reselling of services here. Last year, the Dubai Police raided dozens of buildings said to be receiving pirate TV feeds, while the UAE Ministry of Economy said in 2009 it would take strict action against those selling illegal satellite receivers.

Analysts reportedly said that illegal Dish TV usage cost millions of dollars to local pay TV services such as OSN and Pehla, as well as the TV services offered by Etisalat and du.

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