Cable refunds on the way?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is clear that we are about to lose a considerable number of cable channels.
The issues that baffle me are these: If the cable operators were using equipment that decrypted signals that were encrypted for broadcasting elsewhere, then that is theft. However, if these signals were not encrypted and were, for all intents and purposes, open to anyone with a satellite receiver, was this theft?
If the cable companies have been selling the consumer 'stolen' programming, why had the Broadcasting Commission not stepped in before now and prosecuted them?
Will the consumer be refunded for all the money they have spent buying goods that were not the cable companies' to sell?
These and many questions do not appear to have been answered yet, or are those in authority hoping the whole thing will quietly go away?
If cable companies cease trading because of this, unemployment will rise again, driven, in part, by the lack of control from the Broadcasting Commission in the first place.
Tower Isle, St Mary