OpenView Celebrates As Zimbabwe Police Launch More Raids & Confiscate Decoders
South Africa’s free-to-view direct broadcast satellite television provider OpenView has celebrated and applauded the Zimbabwe Republic Police for carrying out more raids and confiscating decoders.
This comes after the police raided 8 retail outlets in Harare that were selling decoders. The law enforcement officers confiscated 72 OpenView HD (OVHD) decoders, 95 counterfeit DStv power supply units, 203 counterfeit DStv remote controls, and five receipt books.
OpenView is very popular among Zimbabweans as it offers a range of channels, including eTV and the SABC channels, without any subscription.
However, OpenView is only licenced to operate in South Africa. The free-to-air satellite provider has repeatedly threatened to block the decoders used outside the borders of South Africa but is yet to make good on the threats.
Celebrating the latest raids in Zimbabwe, Antonio Lee, the COO of Openview parent company eMedia, told The Chronicle,
“Police are having success in breaking up decoder smuggling operations and arresting their local associates, who are bringing Openview OVHD decoders from South Africa into Zimbabwe in contravention of customs, trademark and copyright laws.
“Raids and seizures are happening across the SADC region as part of a broader piracy crackdown.
“Coming on the heels of the earlier busts, it shows that we are turning the tide on the illegal decoder trade and content theft. We are grateful to have the Zimbabwe Republic Police as our partners in this war on piracy.”
Lee added that his company supports the raids and called on Zimbabweans to support local content creators by not purchasing OpenView decoders.
“Anyone purchasing these products in Zimbabwe is robbing the country of customs duties, and Zimbabwe’s TV professionals suffer when viewers watch foreign content instead of home-made Zimbabwean shows.”
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