Tuesday, June 15, 2010

North Korea stealing South Korean broadcasts?

SBS thinks so:
A South Korean television network has accused North Korea of illegally showing matches from South Africa to its isolated populace.

North Korea’s state-run Central Television has shown replays of four World Cup games, including the opening match between South Africa and Mexico, and a Saturday match in which South Korea defeated Greece 2-0.

The replay of the South Korea-Greece game was shown on Monday evening, with occasionally favorable commentary on the skills of South Korean players.

The South Korean television network SBS said that it had acquired the sole right from the World Cup organizer, FIFA, to broadcast the games throughout the Korean Peninsula and that it was investigating whether North Korea has pirated its signals.
Give North Korea a break. They were probably scanning through South Korean cable offerings for something to pirate, they saw a whole bunch of programs like "The L-Word" and "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy," and they figured World Cup soccer was the only safe thing on.

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