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MultiChoice and Irdeto Secure Major Victory Against Streaming Piracy Operation


MultiChoice Group, in collaboration with its technology security subsidiary Irdeto, has successfully dismantled a pirate internet streaming service known as Waka TV with the assistance of Western Cape police investigators.

In a statement released on Wednesday, MultiChoice hailed the dismantling of Waka TV as a significant triumph in the ongoing battle against internet streaming piracy. The broadcaster disclosed that a carefully planned raid conducted on 31 May resulted in the arrest of a key suspect linked to one of the most extensive pirate operations in Africa.

Describing the operation as a major milestone, MultiChoice emphasized its unwavering commitment to protecting its content and the integrity of its broadcasting services. The company highlighted Irdeto’s substantial investment in investigating and identifying the main suspect behind the piracy network.

Waka TV was found to be illegally distributing live TV channels, including several DStv channels, movies, and series. MultiChoice’s actions have dealt a significant blow to the illegal streaming industry in Africa.

The arrested suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, appeared in court on 3 June and faces charges of fraud and contravention of sections 2 to 8 of the Cybercrime Act. Additional charges are being considered in consultation with the senior public prosecutor.

MultiChoice is actively collaborating with the police in ongoing investigations into thousands of individuals connected to the Waka TV pirate network, including resellers supporting the operation. The goal is to dismantle the entire network and bring all perpetrators to justice.

The police’s Cybercrime Unit will conduct a thorough analysis of all equipment seized during the raid, which is expected to provide further insights into the extent of the pirate network, with more arrests anticipated.

MultiChoice expressed its gratitude to the Cybercrime Unit and the Western Cape provincial commercial crime investigation unit for their support and professionalism throughout the operation, which has been instrumental in achieving this significant breakthrough.

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