12/4/2017 12:18:18 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Singapore is being called a haven for for pirating copyrighted programming by entertainment giants such as Walt Disney, HBO, the National Basketball Association and the English Premier League, reports Bloomberg.
Viewers in Singapore buy legitimate set-top boxes that also allow unauthorised streaming of thousands of movies, TV shows and live sporting events, said the Coalition Against Piracy. Its 21 members, including divisions of Sony Corp. and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, want the Singapore government to block the pirating software found inside the boxes sold at local electronics stores and on e-commerce sites for as little as $100.
“Within the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore is the worst in terms of availability of illicit streaming devices,” said Neil Gane, general manager of the Asia-focused coalition.
The Singapore government said it didn’t consider the boxes illegal. The boxes can also view legally available websites such as YouTube.
Singapore is ranked fourth out of 137 countries by the World Economic Forum for protecting intellectual-property rights.
However, 40 per cent of 1,000 Singaporeans who took part in a survey sponsored by industry association CASBAA said they were consumers of pirated content.
Online TV and movie piracy will cost the industry an estimated US$31.8 billion ($42.8 billion) in global revenue this year, according to London-based Digital TV Research.
The Asia-Pacific region will become the largest for online piracy next year, overtaking North America, the researcher said.