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Indonesia urged to cap widespread use of ISDs

While 2019 marks the end of a decade, content theft is still an outstanding issue in the media industry that has resulted in irrecoverable losses. Asia Video Industry Association’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) has commissioned YouGov to study the online viewing habits of Indonesian consumers. The survey revealed that nearly two-thirds (63%) of online Indonesian consumers have accessed premium content without paying fees via streaming piracy websites or torrent sites.

In addition, the survey revealed that 29% of consumers used unauthorised TV boxes, also known as Illicit Streaming Devices (ISDs), which allow users to access hundreds of pirated TV channels and VoD content.

And 35% of the ISD users also admitted the use of illegal application indoXXI (Lite) – making it the most popular application.

The survey stated that 62% of respondents had cancelled all or some of their subscriptions to legal pay-TV services.

To fight back against this rampant and damaging online piracy, the Video Coalition of Indonesia (VCI) has been working closely with KOMINFO to identify and block domains associated with piracy websites and applications. In fact, snce July this year, over 1,000 piracy websites and illegal application domains have been blocked by KOMINFO.

Hendy Lim, vice-president, Content Business, EMTEK, said in an official statement: “The recent survey shows that the piracy activities have significant damaging impact on legitimate content services, not to mention the pornography and gambling activities that are served up by these illegal sites.

“We strongly urge the government and industry stakeholders to take meaningful action against the Indonesian crime groups behind the piracy websites.

“This is essential for the development of Indonesia’s media and creative industry.”

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