Cable piracy on the decline

World Brief

RIO DE JANEIRO — Cable piracy in Brazil dropped to 12% of the country’s 2.2 million cable subscriber base at the end of 2004, from 14% at the end of 2003, according to a study by local pay TV operators org ABTA.

It attributes the decline to the TV and radio campaign warning of penalties for pirates launched by its antipiracy taskforce in October, as well as an increase in prosecutions.

ABTA now particularly is concerned about signal theft from satellite operators Sky and DirecTV. The org does not have reliable piracy figures for those operators, as it is more difficult to detect illegal connections in wireless than in cable, according to a spokesman. Brazil has about 1.5 million satellite subs.

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