The broadcaster continues struggling against Zimbabweans who illegally sign up to access DStv South Africa. MultiChoice has announced to intensify its efforts by taking legal action against subscribers and operators involved in this illegal DStv operations across Southern Africa.
MultiChoice Zimbabwe will start by visiting all unregistered DStv agents in the country. Having been flagged for promoting the illegal provision of DStv South Africa accounts, they will be the first ones who will be dragged to court by MultiChoice.
“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. 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”.
Multichoice clearly states that both the operators and the subscribers are in illegality.
To recall, MultiChoice has been struggling over the past years against this DStv piracy. A year ago the broadcaster had cut off the DStv signal for hundreds of illegal subscribers. The year before MultiChoice South Africa publicly condemned the illegal sign ups and warned account holders of action that would be taken. But during this exercise, MultiChoice met the difficulty in identifying the illegal DStv South Africa accounts form the legitimate ones.
It is expected that this new exercise will know more success than the precedent ones for it will focus on the flagged DStv agents.