OSN vows to root out Kuwaiti pirates

Network teams up with Kuwaiti authorities to tackle users of illegal Dish TV
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OSN, the UAE-based pay-TV network, has teamed up with the Kuwaiti Ministry of Commerce & Industry to tackle TV piracy and distribution of unauthorised TV decoders in the country.

Raids were conducted by the Kuwaiti authorities in the commercial centre and satellite market, the company said in a statement.

It added that Dish TV is one of the major piracy concerns in Kuwait with many South Asian expatriates using the service illegally.

The raids led to the confiscation of decoders belonging to unlicensed, unauthorised and illegitimate India-based DTH service Dish TV.

Police also gathered further evidence by activating the Dish TV smartcards. The shopkeeper was arrested for questioning by the Kuwaiti Crime Investigation Department.

The raids in Kuwait follow widespread success in tackling TV-piracy through a series of raids, fines and convictions in others parts of the GCC.

David Butorac, CEO of OSN, said: “The raids demonstrate that the fight against illegal TV-piracy isn’t just confined to one or two countries but is a region-wide issue that needs co-operation from a number of agencies and the public at large.

"As the Kuwaiti authorities have outlined, perpetrators can expect tough penalties for flouting the law as the campaign to stamp out TV-piracy gains momentum and awareness across the region increases.”

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