Two men are in police custody after being arrested for allegedly distributing pirate television services around Cyprus.
The two suspects, said by police to be a 40-year-old man from Aradippou in Larnaca and a 37-year-old man from Latsia in Nicosia, were remanded by a Larnaca district court for eight days on Friday. They are under investigation for conspiracy to commit a crime, conspiracy to commit misdemeanor and the theft of television signals.
During Friday’s court hearing, Judge Natalia Talaridou was informed by the chief investigator in the case that a complaint to the police had been filed by private television subscriber channels LTV and Cytavision.
The two men, said the investigator, had been systematically intercepting live television feeds of football matches and then channeling them into the illegal Dreambox decoders that had been sold to their clients.
According to the complaints, six local football matches had been intercepted and then streamed to Dreambox clients, namely APOEL- Apollon [8.2.2014] APOEL- Omonia [7.3.2014] AEL- Omonia [7.4.2014] Anorthosis-APOEL [13.4.2014] APOEL- AEL [22.4.2014] and APOEL –Ermis [26.4.2014]
In Cyprus, Dream box remains the biggest threat to legitimate broadcasters.
The introduction of the card sharing Dreambox was a major blow for the legitimate TV companies and broadcasters because it enabled the TV pirates to 'sell' illegal access to scrambled TV content without the need to supply each of their 'customers' with a cloned smart card because the Dreambox satellite receiver doesn't need to have a cloned smart card fitted into it.
All that it needs is access to a legitimate smart card over the internet.
This meant that the TV pirates 'businesses' were no longer geographically restricted to an area within travelling distance to and from the pirate's den.