It has been revealed in an investigation carried out by the BBC that hundreds of homes across the UK are taking advantage of illegal Sky TV subscriptions.
For as little as £10 per calendar month – that’s £70 less than they could be paying – customers wishing to view Sky television but who are unwilling to pay the full cost, can receive all of the channels offered by Sky.
The BBC carried out an investigation into the illegal business, finding that one man who was secretly recorded while installing a set-top box openly explained that this was an illegal act due the fact that people are getting something for free that shouldn’t be free. Later, he denied all wrong-doing. The man, from Venezuela originally, explained how it he who sells the set-top boxes and then streams all of the channels illegally. He described it as an ‘underground’ business.
Another business put up a “closed for refurbishment” sign the day after being secretly filmed explaining the hacked services that he offered. The proprietor of the establishment explained how little the £150 charge was for what customers were going to receive in return.
Both of these men were also recorded as stating that they were not the masterminds behind this but that they were part of a wider gang and they just sold and marketed the products which allow for the customer to view all available channels.
The hacked boxes receive every channel available and go for as little as an eighth of the cost of the legitimate television packages. While this is a nationwide problem, it has been noted that the worst hit areas were Cardiff and Swansea – where it is most commonly pubs wishing to stream Premier League games.
Sky, Virgin Media and BT have refused to reveal how many cases they are currently fighting but it should be a reminder to all of those who buy into this scheme.
The first illegal reseller listed here – the Venezuelan gentleman – was recorded as explaining that while this was illegal, it is not the customer who is punished but the provider. While this is a comfort to those who have chosen to buy the product, those selling it could find themselves on the wrong end of a 10 year jail sentence and an unlimited fine.
If you are interested in receiving Sky television legally, it is advised that you speak with a member of the Sky customer service team and discuss the options available to you.
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