Satellite and Cable Piracy in China

In 2009, 40 million “gray market” satellite dishes were shipped in China.  These satellite dishes are banned in cities and are meant solely for use in rural areas.  However, many urban customers purchase these dishes on the black market in order to avoid paying cable fees.

In addition, in 2008 more than 10 million satellite dishes that can receive foreign broadcasts that are banned in China was shipped to the country.

Source: Owen Fletcher, “Illegal Satellite TV in China Brings CNN to the Masses,” PC World, April 22, 2010.