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ISPs considering blocking streaming websites

Friday, June 15, 2018

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in this country are actively considering teaming up and blocking certain websites so customers will be prohibited from illegally streaming content.

Stephane David the Chief Programming Officer at Liberty Latin America/Flow said this is one of the solutions that the country’s Internet Service Providers are considering as an option to deal with the problems they are currently facing as a result of a proliferation of Android boxes.

The ISPs already have the software available to block the websites but are tentative about using that option if there is not consensus by all.

“We need the level of comfort that nobody is going to take us to court for us having blocked these streams and then we lose and then we go back ten years behind,” David explained during a conference titled Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement: Video Content Piracy hosted by Alianza at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain.

Annie Baldeo, of the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago said it was music to the ears of the Authority to hear the ISPs were willing to cooperate on this level.

Blocking of websites was previously attempted in Curacao by Flow but this was eventually reversed, Bernard Pantin the general manager of DirecTV.

The proliferation of Android boxes in this country has resulted in a drop in the revenue for paid television.

Revenue for paid television fell from $183 million in the last quarter of 2016 to $164 million in the first quarter of 2017.

Pantin estimated that there are 80,000 Android boxes currently in the country.

One avenue being proposed by TATT to address the issue is the possible banning of Android boxes being imported in the country. TATT has already drafted a consultation paper which is to be published by June 25.


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