MultiChoice's fight against piracy

main problem here of course is Multichoice views many streams as "illegal" even if it is not pirated

e.g. when they have "exclusive broadcast rights" to an event, but you get it from another provider in another region ... "illegal!" ... get bent
 
There's also the easy method of smudging out logos. Close-by screen content replaces the area.
 
DStv's big fight in South Africa

MultiChoice says fighting piracy of its DStv channels is an ongoing battle that presents multifaceted challenges. It previously said illegal streams were a bigger threat than competition from rival services like Netflix.

One of the biggest problems is users watching pirated sports streams online. Supersport is DStv's most valuable asset, but it is increasingly available online.

link pls .... :p
 
main problem here of course is Multichoice views many streams as "illegal" even if it is not pirated

e.g. when they have "exclusive broadcast rights" to an event, but you get it from another provider in another region ... "illegal!" ... get bent
Most prefer to go the legal route according to research, but have to wonder how they can ever make a case of geo-location with the internet involved.

It's like if I were to go to the US this week, I can then watch whatever is on their local TV services. So if I visit them on the net, why not the same?
 
I don't quite understand what you're describing - how would a viewer consume a stream with SS logos and stuff on-screen without having a DSTV subscription of some kind, and not know they're committing piracy? If the entity they're paying isn't MC, it's the same as using a "free" (ad-supported) stream in terms of legality.

A legal MC subscriber would just use the facility they're paying for so I can't see how someone would unknowingly stumble into piracy - it makes no sense.
Nobody cares. F*** Monochoice.
 
This typical MC misrepresentation bugs me, clearly about dealers getting bust and no individual use examples :rolleyes:
And none actually went to jail anyway.

MultiChoice said it employed a “comprehensive” approach to combat illegal streaming.

That includes combining technological measures, collaborating with law enforcement, and legal actions against infringing entities.

There are many examples of DStv pirates being punished by the law for their crimes in South Africa.
In November 2022, Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court sentenced Capetonian Jordan Mott to seven years in jail for infringing MultiChoice’s copyright by selling access to pirated DStv content.

Mott was arrested in October 2020 by detectives of the Western Cape’s provincial commercial crime unit, after an investigation found he was selling modified Android TV boxes which could stream copyrighted content.

This included MultiChoice-owned content typically only available on paid-for DStv bouquets.
A week later, UK citizen Lee Whaley was sentenced to five years by the same court for a similar offence.

Both Mott and Whaley’s sentences were wholly suspended on the condition that they not be found guilty of the same offence again. However, they also had to pay respective fines of R60,000 and R120,000.

In October 2023, another DStv pirate — Pieter Lombard — received a wholly suspended five-year jail sentence after 12 illegal streaming devices were found in his possession. He had to pay a fine of R24,000.
 
link pls .... :p
Search for Freestreams-live. The domain rotates for obvious reasons.

Make sure your browser is updated since there are hordes of browser-compromising attacks living on some of their domains.
 
"MultiChoice said it employed a “comprehensive” approach to combat illegal streaming."

Wonder how they're supposed to differentiate between watching the FA Cup on CricHD and watching it on the iPlayer?
 
Search for Freestreams-live. The domain rotates for obvious reasons.

Make sure your browser is updated since there are hordes of browser-compromising attacks living on some of their domains.

not working ....... :(
 
Search for Freestreams-live. The domain rotates for obvious reasons.

Make sure your browser is updated since there are hordes of browser-compromising attacks living on some of their domains.
You think it's right to go offering and searching for the known sheit? No hell, that is going too far.
 
Luckilly, watching pirated content (even pirated streams), buying pirated content, being in possession of pirated content is not a crime in South Africa. Unless they change the laws and make this illegal, there is nothing MC can do and they should just focus on other revenue streams. Easy as that.
 
Luckilly, watching pirated content (even pirated streams), buying pirated content, being in possession of pirated content is not a crime in South Africa. Unless they change the laws and make this illegal, there is nothing MC can do and they should just focus on other revenue streams. Easy as that.

Breaking copyright laws may not be criminal, but it's still illegal. Starting to think you're a crime in SA :oops:
How would doing that be okay in self-respecting society?

At least make an effort to find the somewhat legitimate free stuff?
 
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Multichoice put a young lady in jail once for publicly offering links to known illegal content. That they CAN do.

True story, I used to be on their forum and a senior manager confirmed the prosecution.
Who snitched on the woman? That person is an enemy of the people.
 
Who snitched on the woman? That person is an enemy of the people.
Lol

I doubt our legal system is up to helping MC much these days though, the waiting list alone must be miles long.
 
Breaking copyright laws may not be criminal, but it's still illegal. Starting to think you're a crime in SA :oops:
How would doing that be okay in self-respecting society?

At least make an effort to find the somewhat legitimate free stuff?
I'm faced with paying R1000 a month to watch a few rugby games or R150 a month to an illegal IPTV provider. I chose the latter. Does that make me a bad person?
 
I'm faced with paying R1000 a month to watch a few rugby games or R150 a month to an illegal IPTV provider. I chose the latter. Does that make me a bad person?
Only you can decide that IMO.

My choice would then be to go for another legal provider in the UK etc., ignoring so called geo-location rules.
 
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