A man was sentenced and fined for illegally selling DSTV content. Image: DSTV.

Man gets seven-year sentence, R60k fine for theft and sale of DSTV content

The accused sold Android TV boxes and IPTV devices that allowed people to access DSTV content without permission from Multichoice.


A man was sentenced and fined for illegally selling DSTV content. Image: DSTV.

The Bellville Commercial Crimes Court handed down a suspended sentence and fine to Jordon Lee Mot for theft of Multichoice content that he sold illegally. The accused was also ordered to deposit R60 000 in the Criminal Asset Recovery Account (CARA).


National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Mot’s seven-year sentence was suspended for five years.

“The sentence and fine follow his conviction on seven counts of the prohibition on the manufacture, possession, and advertising of listed equipment.

“The accused, a sole director of JP Limitless Sa (Pty) Ltd, illegally advertised, possessed, purchased and sold listed Android TV boxes and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) which is the property of Multichoice,” said the NPA spokesperson.

Multichoice, the massive Naspers-owned entertainment company, is the complainant in the matter. It provides pay-television services to subscribers in return for a fee.

Subscribers must be in possession of a Multichoice-activated smartcard to receive the company’s transmissions.

On 30 July 2019, Jan Andreas, a senior piracy investigator employed by IRDETO, was scouring the internet when he came across a company that sold Android TV streaming boxes and IPTV subscriptions. The company promised access to over 3000 channels and 300 videos on demand.

Andreas immediately made contact with Mot and the accused informed him about a special promotion on an Android TV box, which included a month’s IPTV subscription.

Andreas waited two years before placing an order. On 14 August 2022, he deposited the required amount into Mot’s account and visited the accused’s Bellville address, where he was welcomed by a woman who showed him the different apps available on the Android TV box.

“He took the box home to establish whether it was working. On 20 August 2019, he found that updated South African channels were playing, and all Supersport on the Dstv platform were active and working on the IPTV subscription service,” said the NPA.

The State prosecutor, Advocate Harmse, told the court that at no stage was the requisite authorisation sought from DSTV and the accused confessed as such in his plea and sentencing agreement.

The sting operation was set up and Mot was called to provide another Android TV box. He met with the client on 2 October 2022 and was paid R780 for an Android MI TV Stick that came preloaded and required no password or link to connect to the protected services.

He was arrested and the police found more smart boxes at his premises.

“After successfully applying for a confiscation order, the accused agreed and paid R60 000 into the CARA account,” said Ntabazalila.