Alianza drives anti-piracy regulations in Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 05-02-2014

The successes achieved by the Latin American association against pay-TV piracy, Alianza Contra la Piratería, in its first year included support for new anti-piracy laws in Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay, as well as police operations against pirated set-top box (STB) distribution networks.

Presenting its 2013 results, Alianza announced that in 2014 it plans to consolidate its presence in the region and continue to raise the awareness among the population about pay-TV piracy.

Alianza's activities have led to over 30,000 illegal devices being taken or destroyed in Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay during 2013. In addition, a special lab has been created to analyse the technology of these pirated STBs.

"We are very pleased about all we've achieved during this year. For 2014 we will keep working together with the governments and police institutions of Latin America, supporting free competition and pay-TV development," said Michael Hartman, senior VP for legal issues at DirecTV Latin America.

"One of the greatest challenges we have is to re-educate TV consumers who are exposed to the pirated products," added Pascal Metral, VP for legal issues at NAGRA.

Alianza was formed by the major pay-TV operators in Latin America: DirecTV, Telefonica, Sky Brasil, Newco, Produtora de Comunicação Ltda, VTR, Claro HDTV, Claro Perú, Claro Ecuador, Claro Colombia, Claro Chile and Claro Brasil, as well as the networks Discovery, ESPN, FOX, GLOBOSAT, HBO, Telecine, Televisa, Turner and Win Sports.