The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The cable industry’s public attack on its fierce satellite TV competitor Bell ExpressVu over the security of its system is likely to hurt efforts to awaken the Canadian public and government to the serious issue of TV piracy. The attack has already opened the floodgates for "he said, she said" arguments on who and what’s to blame for signal theft in the country.  By attacking Bell ExpressVu, the cable industry risks damaging the effectiveness of the Coalition Against Satellite Signal Theft (CASST), to which both the cable and satellite TV industries belong. Put on the defensive, Bell Canada president and COO John Sheridan noted last week that the cable industry is also responsible for signal "leakage." He says that leakage from all the cable systems combined is probably more than Bell ExpressVu since cable has a dominant market share. In its fingerpointing, the cable industry conveniently ignores the fact that even though its delivery is through wires, cable systems can still be infiltrated through different means. For example, wires can be spliced and joined to apartments, without multiple payments being made. Yes, the satellite industry has a responsibility to better control its inventory. But this is something the cable industry could have ironed out behind closed doors. By airing its laundry publicly with a formal request to the CRTC to launch a hearing on Bell ExpressVu’s encryption system (see article in this issue), it’s acknowledging that there are schisms in the industry. But it should not lose sight of the fact that it was Bell ExpressVu that footed the costly legal bill that took the black and grey satellite TV market issue to the Supreme Court of Canada, where both were ruled illegal. The major players in the broadcasting industry – from producers to copyright collectives to broadcasters and distributors – all agree that piracy of signals from U.S. distributors is the biggest drain on the Canadian broadcasting system. Even the Americans are on board on this one. That is where the players should collectively concentrate their efforts, while working behind the scenes to work out other failures in the system. A united front on the matter is bound to be more successful.