StarHub takes alleged illegal STB traders to court
Rebecca Hawkes
| 08 May 2014
Singapore pay-TV operator StarHub has commenced criminal prosecution against two set-top box (STB) dealers, which it alleges were trading in illegal goods.

The court action follows a police raid in conjunction with StarHub of a storage facility in September 2013, which the operator alleges uncovered "a few hundred illegal set-top boxes".

Foo Yong Chun Shaun, aged 27, and Chen Wenqiang Daniel, aged 32, appeared in Court on 7 May to face charges for criminal offences under the Broadcasting Act in connection with the distribution of the illegal STBs seized at the raid. If convicted, they face a fine of up to S$40,000 (US$32,000), imprisonment of up to three years, or both.

"StarHub has, over the years, developed a resilient pay TV network delivering quality content from content creators to our customers," said Lin Shu Fen, head of entertainment and SmartLife, StarHub.

"As part of our continuous efforts to strengthen our network, StarHub recently completed an upgrading exercise migrating our pay-TV customers to an enhanced encryption standard, which requires a new security smart card to decrypt our broadcast signals. This renders the illegal set-top boxes ineffective."