StarHub has successfully raided a storage facility of illegal set-top boxes and uncovered a few hundred units. The raid, conducted with help from the Police, was carried out earlier this week.
Since early 2013, StarHub has been tracking a syndicate that was distributing sales flyers for the sale of illegal set-top boxes that claim to be able to unscramble StarHub TV content. After months of investigation, the importer of these boxes was identified. StarHub will follow up with criminal prosecution against the illegal importer.
It is a criminal offence to sell, import or manufacture illegal set-top boxes. It is also against the law for consumers to tap into StarHub's network using illegal boxes, with the intention to intercept and receive the content signals without authorisation.
In addition to legal action, StarHub has been deploying technological means to prevent illegal boxes from accessing StarHub’s content. StarHub is currently migrating pay TV customers to a new encryption standard that cannot be unscrambled by existing illegal boxes.