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FLOW crackdown spreads across region

ERIC SMITH, ericsmith@nationnews.com

Added 01 March 2016

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FLOW, Windsor Lodge. (Picture by Nigel Browne.)

THE CRACKDOWN AGAINST people accessing illegal television programming content has moved region-wide.

A number of illegal users were knocked out in Barbados last week, joining those in Jamaica, The Cayman Islands, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname and a number of islands in the Eastern Caribbean, which have also been de-activated. 

Some in the ABC islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, have also been affected by the new tough anti-piracy action.

This is part of the international battle for control of virtual borders where people have been illegally downloading programming content sometimes not for this region.

The American movie streaming company, Netflix, has indicated it will crackdown on people who jump borders to watch its content. Online payment service PayPal has given its support to the content providers and legitimate services by not accepting payment from those infringing intellectual property laws.

People have been using internet-based systems such as VPN (virtual private network) and android boxes with both smart televisions and regular sets to circumvent joining a subscription service like FLOW, Digicel, CBC’s Multi-Choice television or DirecTV.

FLOW has been informing customers across the region, “if you are trying to access content deemed as unauthorised or which violates copyright laws, there have been changes regionally which may affect your access”. (ES)

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