4 January 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Dish Network sues IPTV providers

US satellite TV network Dish has sued two IPTV providers, claiming that they profit from the unlawful retransmission of Dish TV channels.

In two separate lawsuits at the US District Court for the District of Maryland and the US District Court for the District of Texas against Spider-TV and Tiger Star respectively, Dish argued that the two providers continually infringed Dish’s copyright, despite receiving numerous cease and desist requests.

Dish said this demonstrated the “willfulness of their copyright infringement”.

IPTV boxes offer users the ability to stream TV, sport and movies from legitimate broadcasters for a reduced price. The two providers sell set-top boxes, along with a fixed-term service subscription, from between $149 to $199.

Dish is demanding a maximum of $150,000 per registered work infringed.

IPTV was hit hard by the entertainment industry in 2017, most recently in October 2017 when Netflix, Fox and Universal, alongside seven other entertainment companies, sued IPTV provider TickBox TV for copyright infringement.

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