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A third (34%) of online consumers in the Philippines are using illicit streaming devices (ISDs) to watch pirated television and video content, according to a new YouGov survey.
avia 6Aug2018
The figure has grown from 28% recorded in a similar YouGov survey conducted for Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) in 2018.

The illicit TV boxes, which are offered with a low subscription charge, often come pre-loaded with illegal applications allowing ‘plug-and-play’ access to pirated content.

Of the 34% using ISDs, 59% said they had cancelled all or some of the subscriptions to legal pay-TV services. International subscription services, from western or pan-Asia providers, had been shunned by 30% since purchasing an illicit TV box, while 24% said they cancelled part of their cable TV bundle or package.

The survey also found two thirds (66%) of online consumers in the Philippines had accessed streaming piracy websites or torrent sites to access premium content without paying a subscription fee.

Young people are particularly likely to stream pirated content  the survey found, with 45% of 18-24 year-olds and 46% of 25-34 year olds admitting to using illicit TV boxes, apps or services to view stolen content.

“The proliferation of ISDs in the market as an access of pirated content affects the livelihood of people in the local creative and film industries. There is a need to continue educating the public that online piracy is unsafe that can put data privacy and devices at risk. We encourage everyone to watch content using legitimate sources only,” said Ernest Cu, president and CEO of Philippines’ telco Globe.

The Philippines Senate is currently debating the online infringement bill which proposes an administrative site blocking mechanism to empower the authorities to ensure that ISPs take “reasonable steps to disable access to sites whenever these sites are reported to be infringing copyright or facilitating copyright infringement.”

Neil Gane, the general manager of AVIA’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) said: “The illicit streaming device (ISD) ecosystem is impacting all businesses involved in the production and distribution of legitimate content. Effective enforcement and disruption solutions are key, such as an efficient site blocking mechanism disabling access to egregious ISD applications and piracy streaming websites and meaningful cooperation with e-platforms where ISDs are openly sold.”