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  1. Financial Losses to Cable Piracy $8.5 Billion

Cable Piracy

News, information and statistics about cable piracy. Data about pirated cable lines are collected from criminal justice programs, security agencies and other public information sources.

Piracy of paid television in the Arab region causes losses of $500 Million a year, according to a media research firm. 8 percent of Arab households that watch television actually pay for the services through cable or satellite. The remaining 92 percent of views in the region pirate the broadcast.

In Lebanon, an estimated 99 percent of television viewers are pirating their cable signal. In Egypt, around 10 million households are receiving pirated cable feeds.

Source: Ben Flanagan, “Piracy hijacks growth of pay-TV,” National, November 3, 2011.

In 2009, 40 million “gray market” satellite dishes were shipped in China.  These satellite dishes are banned in cities and are meant solely for use in rural areas.  However, many urban customers purchase these dishes on the black market in order to avoid paying cable fees.

In addition, in 2008 more than 10 million satellite dishes that can receive foreign broadcasts that are banned in China was shipped to the country.

Source: Owen Fletcher, “Illegal Satellite TV in China Brings CNN to the Masses,” PC World, April 22, 2010.

Picking up pirated signals from modified satellites costs the Canada economy up to $300 Canadian dollars ($278 million US), according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Source: RCMP, “Really good deal? Might not be real,” Intellectual Property Crime, accessed on August 1, 2009.


According to a report in the Toronto Star, there are two million illegal satellite connections in the United States and Canada that are pirated content from satellite companies.

Back in 2001, satellite piracy in Canada was estimated to be costing the industry $1 billion.


3 million cable subscribers in the Philippines have pirated their cable signal.


75.5 percent of pay per view watchers in Egypt use pirated connections.


Cable operators in Asia lost $1.75 billion to piracy in 2008.

Satellite piracy in Canada costs $278 million.

Cable and Satellite Piracy in the United States costs 6.5 Billion.