“Gatonet” is present in 4.2 million Brazilian houses

A survey by entities in the pay-TV sector found that 18.1% of Brazilian users of the service do not pay for it, that is, 4.2 million households. S in 2012, companies in this market lost more than R $ 24 billion due to hiding.

Most pirate consumers, 58%, are in the interior of Brazil; they are on average between 40 and 50 years old, live alone and are in classes D and E. There are two types of clandestine TV customers: the deceived, who pay packages without knowing that they are illegal, and the assumed ones, who do not claim to have subscription, even if they have access to subscribed channels.

In terms of “customers”, piracy in pay TV is only behind the operators Net (6.1 million) and Sky (5.1 million) and exceeds, for example, the number of customers of Oi (886 thousand).

The high number of illegal “subscribers” worries operators. According to them, the ease of pirating the signal generates an illegal competition that may end up breaking the sector. Now, ABTA – Brazilian Association of Pay-TV – is pushing for the approval of Bill 186/2013 of Senator Blairo Maggi (PR-MT), which provides for two years in prison for anyone who illegally receives or intercepts the TV signal closed.

Recently, the IRS has indicated that it intends to create a partnership with ABTA to seize illegal equipment in the city of Foz do Iguau, neighboring Argentina and Paraguay. The location considered the main entry point for decoders not approved by Anatel.

Via TV News

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