The press releases published by Hollywoodbets on 28 and 30 July 2014 refer.
Phumelela has met its Gauteng and Eastern Cape licence conditions. Phumelela furnished its response to the complaint by the Gauteng off-course Bookmakers Association to the Gauteng Gambling Board on 20 February 2014.
Phumelela and Tellytrack have answered and will continue to answer any and all complaints as well as allegations of abuse of dominance and/or excessive pricing in the appropriate forums.
The matters raised in the Hollywood press releases were addressed in the Tellytrack and Phumelela joint press release, dated 18 March 2014, and published in response to the KZN bookmakers’ press release published on 17 March 2014 (see release in this news section). These matters have no bearing to the matter at hand.
The matter at hand is simply that Hollywoodbets has chosen not to subscribe for the visual broadcasts offered by Phumelela and instead has chosen to flagrantly breach Tellytrack’s copyrighted services.
Hollywoodbets conveniently do not explain why, despite further being prohibited to do so in terms of their subscription agreements with Multichoice, they continue to display the Tellytrack content on Channel 239 in their betting outlets.
GBI Racing, who own the exclusive rights to commercially exploit the intellectual property of British horse racing outside of the UK, has ascertained that Hollywoodbets has been displaying British racing in their betting shops without being licensed to do so. Hollywoodbets has been required to cease doing so and GBI racing issued a press release in this regard on 24 July 2014 (see release in this news section).
The display of live racing in Hollywood’s betting outlets without being licensed to do so is simply unlawful. Tellytrack and its partners have instituted civil as well as criminal proceedings against Hollywoodbets.