Rumour - confirmation needed please.
Someone I know who is in Roger's Cable service area (Pickering, ON to be exact), claims that until about a month ago they were getting full-open Rogers HD for free using hacked equipment. They claim they paid ~$900 for the box?? I can't remember the actual value claimed to buy the hacked stb, but I'm almost certain they said it was just less than $1000. There was "programming" involved; I'm not sure if that is actually the case, or if it is a generic term to thwart copy-cats (because pirates are such a trustworthy bunch
) and it was just hardware hacks. Apparently they were up until about one month ago when Rogers shut everyone down in the GTA.
My source says the programmer(s) claim they will be back. I didn't think to ask how long they had been "up".
This goes against everything I know about digital cable. Because digital cable boxes require constant updating of keys, done by 2 way communication, by their very nature they were essentially a much harder target than DTH satellite. The only thing I can think of is they are cloning local boxes. There are many more cable co.s than sat providers, making integration nationally/globally very difficult and driving up costs. As well since cable co.'s are rolling out SDV, it would make it doubly difficult.
I guess I'm looking for confirmation that this is, or was, happening. Also, if it is happening, is it being done by the former, out-of-work, DTH hackers??? i.e. have they changed their targets? To me it doesn't add up, but the person telling me about this is knowledgeable and has no reason to lie.