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Almost a quarter (23%) of Malaysians use a TV box that can be used to stream pirated TV and video content, according to a new YouGov survey.
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Commissioned by the Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), the research also found that 50% of Malaysian online consumers have accessed streaming piracy websites or torrent sites to access premium content without paying any subscription fees.

The Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs) used by 23% of content viewers allow users to access hundreds of pirated television channels and video-on-demand content, usually with a low annual subscription fee. The devices often come pre-loaded with illegal applications allowing plug-and-play access to pirated content, said the trade organisation AVIA.

Of those using these TV boxes, nearly two thirds (64%) said they had cancelled their subscription to some or all of the legal pay-TV services they previously accessed. Local pay-TV services were cancelled by 34% of those surveyed following the purchase of an ISD, and 20% also dropped their international subscription services (including pan-Asian only services).

The survey also discovered that ISDs are particularly enjoyed by 18-24 year olds, with 76% of this age group cancelling legitimate subscription services as a result of owning the illegal streaming boxes.

“The piracy ecosystem is highly fragmented and so what we are developing and refining is a holistic solution to include enhanced legislation to allow for effective enforcement; meaningful cooperation with e-platforms and other intermediaries, disabling access to pirated content through efficient and effective site blocking and consumer outreach,” said Neil Gane, general manager of AVIA’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP).

The research shows a 2% drop in ISD use in comparison to a similar YouGov survey in January  , which found 25% of Malaysia’s online consumers used them to stream pirated content.

In February, it was reported that the Malaysian Communications and Multi-Media Commission (MCMC) and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) were conducting an in-depth study on a potential TV box ban.

Currently the sale of TV boxes requires SIRIM approvals and the sale of unlicensed TV boxes can result in a hefty fine. For example, four Malaysian businessmen were charged in June for possessing and selling unlicensed Android TV boxes and audio-video sender equipment and fined RM70,000 (USD$16,500), said AVIA.