Chinese broadcast signal distributor PANG, retailing as StarTimes, have made good their promise to air the World Cup matches by hacking into the KBC signal, pirating it without KBC’s consent.
The ICT geniuses that are Chinese managed to beat KBC at its’ own game after devising a way of picking the analogue signal and passing it off as if it was a digital signal yet KBC had already blocked them on DDT (digital) platform.
From letters seen by Cofek, KBC had stopped StarTimes from broadcasting the World Cup live matches.
A court case now looms because of contravention of FIFA rules and the Kenyan copyright law.
The recent Supreme Court ruling required consent from respective media houses for broadcast signal distributors before airing free to air channels.
The StarTimes can therefore run but won’t hide from the law of Kenya.
The standoff is sure to hurt the China-Kenya diplomatic relations after the Chinese premier visited Kenya between May 9 to 11, 2014