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cablecomSwiss consumer protection organisation Schweizer Stiftung für Konsumentenschutz (SKS) is suing the country's largest cable operator Cablecom. The reason: The CI+-based conditional access module for digital television which the company has introduced on June 1 as an alternative to its proprietary set-top-box completely blocks TV recordings.


In the view of the consumer protectors this “rude limitation” violates the domestic copyright law and Cablecom's agreement with market regulator Preisüberwacher. The agreement stipulates that the Liberty Global subsidiary should not restrict the consumption and recording of content using CI+ unless TV broadcasters explicitly request it. The complete copyright protection could also be a “misuse of technical measures” in the terms of the copyright law, argues SKS.

According to the consumer protectors, Cablecom said that the reason for the current situation was that the provider of the CI+ module wasn't able to compile a solution which enables a recording blockage individually set for each TV channel. “But why has Cablecom then not renounced from the recording restriction instead of implementing it for all channels?” asked SKS head Sara Stalder.

The consumer protectors acknowledge that Cablecom promises that this situation will only last until September, but say that they now want to establish facts instead of promises. They also stress that the recording blockage is not employed for users of Cablecom's digital receiver.

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