Theft Tab $3 Bil

Theft of cable tv service costs the industry more than $3 billion a year, or about 20% of the industry’s 1989 gross revenues, per the National Cable Television Assn. Based on surveys of 1,875 cable systems in 1990, NCTA’s Office of Cable Service Theft estimates that nearly eight million homes are illegally receiving basic cable service and more than three million homes are getting illegal premium channels. More than 200 piracy cases have been prosecuted nationwide in the last two years, while some 50,000 illegal cable converters were seized in 1989 alone, per NCTA.

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