The Ukrainian cable TV provider VOLIA reported that an unidentified pirate has been sentenced to three years in prison by the Frankivsk District Court of Lviv, for re-routing programming delivered to VOLIA’s network to legitimate customers living in apartments in Lviv, to other residents in those buildings – and then collecting a fee from these other residents.
The provider of the stolen programming participates in a Ukraine anti-piracy initiative called Clean Sky. Volia noted that in Ukraine, 30% of consumers are ready to pay for premium video content, up 17% over a year earlier.
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Why it matters
Theft of pay TV programming in multiple-dwelling units is nothing new. It is encouraging that Clean Sky, a Ukraine-based anti-piracy organization, is bringing results.