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Broadcast Restraint: Multichoice Takes Illegal Zim DStv Operators to Task

Harare - Illegal agents facilitating DStv access in Zimbabwe are in for a surprise swoop as MultiChoice is undertaking an extensive exercis...

Harare - Illegal agents facilitating DStv access in Zimbabwe are in for a surprise swoop as MultiChoice is undertaking an extensive exercise to combat their operations with forthcoming visits to unregistered operators claiming to be the broadcasters' agents planned.  

A media release on the above matter said, ".. agents who claim to have authorised status and are promoting the illegal provision of South African accounts to users in Zimbabwe.


In terms of international copyright laws, MultiChoice South Africa can only provide its services to people resident in South Africa due to channels being authorised for reception in South Africa only."
Illegal Operators are Under the Spotlight 

Due to the ever plunging South African Rand, Zimbabweans have benefited as they use a stable Greenback. 

"All operators providing DStv connections and support services in Zimbabwe are bound the law to ensure that DStv services in Zimbabwe are those that are legitimately provided for this country, and they may not connect Zimbabweans to DStv services in South Africa.

"The visits to bogus operators result from visible offers made by these operators to give Zimbabweans South African DStv accounts, which makes their actions illegal and could result in criminal actions against both the service providers and their customers," stated the press release.

However, MultiChoice moves will face a stiff resistance. 

A survey by revealed that many Zimbabweans are receiving signals from SA through their family members who facilitate payments. This option is cheaper compared to those offered locally, though it is risky, according to the authorised service provider. An expert has admitted that the abuse is broad and too complex to eliminate.

"MultiChoice is aware of this practice and has issued several warnings to the public that this is illegal. We are not sure in what form or when these warnings came in but it’s increasingly evident that both MultiChoice Zimbabwe and MultiChoice SA don’t know how to deal with this."

She added, "Probably the major reason why MultiChoice cannot stop the illegal viewing is because it’s difficult to identify the illegal accounts."

"It is our hope this crackdown will eliminate bogus operators, who are putting customers at risk of poor quality service and also exposing them to possible prosecution for infringement of international copyright laws," stated the adamant entertainment provider. 

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