The pirating of television signals is today a real shortfall for the audiovisual industry. During the African Nations Championship organized in Cameroon in January-February 2021, the opportunity was given to the African Broadcasting Union (www.uar-AUB.org) to (re) take stock of satellite and online piracy, during broadcast time. Out of 32 games delivered in 21 days, several were projected illegally.
Evil spirits have taken over the signal not only to broadcast matches involving their national teams, but also to redistribute it to those without rights.
Like the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) approaches by leaps and bounds, the actors involved in the exploitation of broadcasting rights undertake to fight against audiovisual piracy during the meetings.
On October 15, 2021, the question was at the center of discussions between the Canal + Group delegation and officials from the African Broadcasting Union in Dakar.
The meeting chaired by the AUBThe managing director of, Grégoire Ndjaka aimed to synergize the technical and legal measures to secure the signal of African channels whose governments spend colossal sums to acquire the rights.
Objectively, it is very important for both parties to defend the issue of broadcasting rights since television channels also depend on the advertising market to regain financial strength during major competitions.
However, the AUB he faced many challenges in the field. According to the CEO of the Union, “Our permanent concern is the protection of the TV signal. The fight must be waged at all levels. Are you allowed to broadcast the game? If so, there is no problem. Secure your signal. But if you don’t have a broadcast contract, should you be allowed to operate illegally while others pay? This is the problem!”
From a technical point of view, Alexandre Gruner, Director of Channel Relations and Partnerships at Canal Group: “If we have irrefutable proof and take note of any illegal activity on the Canal + bouquet concerning CAN or the CC, rest assured, we will suspend your signal! he warned.
Sébastien Punturello, Managing Director of Canal + Senegal, acknowledged the difficulties on the ground: “I spend at least 20 to 30% of my time fighting against signal piracy. For several years, we have actively led the battle thanks to the support of local authorities, our relations, various ministries (Culture, Communication, and Justice) as well as the National Audiovisual Regulatory Council – CNRA Senegal, ”he said.
Almost everywhere on the continent, pirating of television signals is developing using artisanal techniques, aided by ICT and “other competing groups whose audiences sometimes rival those of Canal + while they have not acquired the right to broadcast in certain areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Added Mr. Punturello.
Whether encrypted or not, piracy of TV signals is a threat to intellectual property rights. A football competition which is ultimately not bought and which ends up being wasted on the pirating market is a threat to the development of the audiovisual industry.
Putting an end to the Dakar rally, officials of the two companies have promised to meet in the next few days in Paris for further consultations.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the African Broadcasting Union (AUB).
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