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Hyderabad police busts satellite TV signal piracy racket

MUMBAI: In a major crackdown on satellite TV piracy, Hyderabad police on Sunday arrested four people for stealing signals of Indian TV channels to provide live streaming to US-based over-the-top (OTT) service provider JadooTV.

Explaining the modus operandi, Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahender Reddy said that the gang used to subscribe to DTH services and convert the satellite TV signal into encrypted streaming content for JadooTV using Chinese electronic equipment.

Conducting a raid at Thirumalgery in Secunderabad, officials of Hyderabad police’s cyber crime wing arrested the four allegedly linked to a company called Pearl Technology, a Pearl Media Group company, following a complaint filed by Maa TV Network. The arrested include an engineer, a tele-caller and a web designer, said police.

According to the police, the accused have been indulging in piracy for the last six to seven years by shifting base to different cities to fool the authorities.

Incidentally, JadooTV, Pearl Media Group and Altair Technologies were acquired by CloudStream Media Inc., a Silicon Valley-based provider of cloud-based content and technology services, to create a vertically integrated powerhouse of OTT content services targeting multicultural consumers.

Pearl Media Group VP of content acquisition and distribution Sumit Ahuja is absconding and the police have seized his two bank accounts.

JadooTV is a consumer technology company that delivers live and on-demand content to viewers via its proprietary internet based set-top box (STB). It distributes South Asian television content to the South Asian diaspora from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and the Middle East.