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Shandong Wired sued Shandong Unicom for claiming 50 million


Recently, Shandong Broadcasting and Television Network Co., Ltd. (Shandong Cable) sued China Unicom Shandong Branch (Shandong Unicom) for the cause of unfair competition, demanded its apology to eliminate the impact, and claimed economic losses of RMB 50 million. It is reported that at present, the Jinan Intermediate People's Court has filed a lawsuit against this lawsuit.
According to the relevant person in charge of Shandong Radio and Television Network, CCTV 3/5/6/8 is a variety show channel, sports channel, movie channel and TV drama channel. These four channels have been encrypted TV programs since the launch. In Shandong Province, Shandong Cable has obtained exclusive rights to broadcast 4 sets of programs, for which high fees are paid annually.
"That is to say, in addition to Shandong Cable, China Broadcasting Satellite Corporation, which has not authorized 4 sets of program broadcasting rights, is officially authorized to broadcast CCTV's 3/5/6/8 sets of programs in any media. The head of Shandong Broadcasting and Television Network said that since last year, they have discovered that Shandong Unicom's interactive Internet TV (IPTV) has sneaked the CCTV 3/5/6/8 four sets of encrypted channels. After the Shandong Radio and Television Network staff used technical means to investigate, the CCTV 3/5/6/8 signal broadcast by Shandong Unicom IPTV was illegally intercepted from the exclusive live broadcast signal of Shandong Broadcasting and Television Network Co., Ltd., and the relevant evidence has been collected and fixed.
On May 10, Shandong Broadcasting and Television Network filed a lawsuit against the Jinan Intermediate People's Court on this matter, and brought the China Union Network Communications Co., Ltd. Shandong Branch and Shandong Broadcasting and Television New Media Co., Ltd. to court. The case was “unfair competition dispute”. Shandong Broadcasting and Television Network required the two defendants to immediately stop unfair competition and stop using the plaintiff's live broadcast signal to transmit CCTV's 3/5/6/8 sets of programs in the interactive Internet TV (IPTV) service; and require the other party to publish in the media. Declare, eliminate the impact; compensate the plaintiff for economic losses of RMB 50 million.
On the 23rd, Shandong Unicom, Ai TV Media (Beijing) Co., Ltd. and Shandong Radio and Television New Media jointly issued a statement on the lawsuit of Shandong Radio and Television Network. The IPTV service was jointly operated by Ai Shang, Shandong Radio and Television New Media and Shandong Unicom. The content broadcasted by the broadcast control party - Ai Shang and Shandong Radio and Television New Media, including CCTV 3/5/6/8 TV programs, Shandong Unicom is only responsible for pipeline operations, does not agree with litigation The alleged infringement.