CASBAA scuppers pay TV pirates

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HOLLYWOOD — The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Assn. of Asia (CASBAA) settled civil actions in Hong Kong against two defendants for allegedly importing and trading in unlicensed satellite TV signal decoding equipment, on April 24.

The settlements were agreed out of court after Alpha Communications Technology and Andy Yeung Chun Wah admitted the infringements and paid an undisclosed sum covering costs and damages.

CASBAA reps 12 companies, including the major pay-TV channels based in Hong Kong. The plaintiffs named in the actions are Star, CNN, Turner Entertainment Networks Asia, ESPN Star Sports, Discovery Asia and NGC Network Asia.

Five other cases undertaken by the plaintiffs are skedded for hearings in Hong Kong.

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