BEIJING, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Digital TV Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STV) ("China Digital TV" or the "Company"), the leading provider of conditional access systems to China's expanding digital television market, today announced that it has been informed that OpenV China Holdings Company ("OpenV"), a Chinese online video company in which the Company holds a minority stake, is being investigated over alleged copyright infringements regarding some of its online video content.
On October 27, 2010, China Digital TV was notified by OpenV that OpenV has been under investigation for alleged copyright infringement by a Chinese government authority. In addition, China Digital TV was informed that a number of OpenV's executive officers are in police custody helping investigators with their enquiries. OpenV's normal online video services to customers have been suspended because of the ongoing investigation.
Mr. Jianhua Zhu, China Digital TV's chairman and chief executive officer commented, "As a minority shareholder in OpenV, we are closely monitoring the situation as it develops and evaluating all possibilities to try to minimize any potential negative impact on us and our shareholders."
The Company has invested an aggregate of US$5 million in OpenV to date and currently holds an approximately 11.5% equity interest in that company. China Digital TV has appointed two existing members of OpenV's board of directors. The Company otherwise does not have any on-going business relationship with OpenV.
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Further information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties is included in our annual report on Form 20-F and other documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. China Digital TV does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, which apply only as of the date of this press release.
About China Digital TV
Founded in 2004, China Digital TV is the leading provider of CA systems to China's expanding digital television market. CA systems enable television network operators to manage the delivery of customized content and services to their subscribers. China Digital TV conducts substantially all of its business through its PRC subsidiary, Beijing Super TV Co., Ltd., and its affiliate, Beijing Novel-Super Digital TV Technology Co., Ltd., as well as subsidiaries of its affiliate.
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