TVB denies having discussion with TVpad on cooperation
(3 July 2017) Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) has not authorised TVpad to broadcast TVB programmes nor has it discussed with TVpad on the cooperation of legitimate contents. TVB Anywhere is the sole legitimate OTT set-top box in overseas to retransmit TVB programmes.
In response to media enquiries, a TVB spokesman said transmission of TVB contents by TVpad are unauthorised and illegal. To combat the infringing activities, TVB jointly filed a suit in USA with other companies in early 2015. In December of the same year, United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that TVpad had to compensate TVB for infringement of copyright and trademark. TVpad must not retransmit TVB programmes again.
Currently, overseas markets, such as Australia, Europe and Canada, have numerous OTT set-top boxes with different brand names, including Blue TV which greatly resembles TVpad. They are not authorised to broadcast TVB programmes. TVB will continue to step up efforts to combat illegal OTT set-top boxes. Consumers are advised not to purchase these set-top boxes to view TVB programmes to avoid possible losses.