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post #16 of 248 (permalink) Old 2010-02-13, 09:06 PM
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Thing is... being French Canadian, I'm sure there are a lot of Quebec Channels I woulcn't get right? or is there a way?
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post #17 of 248 (permalink) Old 2010-02-13, 09:29 PM
 
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I have had US satellite service in the past. While the channel selection is great, the problem is not getting channels like TSN and Canadian News coverage. In this case, the OP is looking for french channels.

While the Canadian News coverage could be done OTA, you just will not be able to get your sports and french channels in the US.

As far as I am concerned, as long as you are paying for the service, I do not see an issue doing this. I know that BTV is not suppose to supply equipment south of the border. What about Shaw Direct? They do it knowingly.
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As mentioned in several previous threads, although it is illegal to subscribe to US satellite in Canada, it is not illegal to subscribe to Canadian Sat in the US, although, as mentioned earlier, BTV will stop your subscription if they find you're in the US since they don't have rights there. That's why these threads are allowed to stand, based on Moderator and Admin decisions on previous similar threads.

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post #19 of 248 (permalink) Old 2010-02-14, 12:05 AM
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You can use a credit card to pay each month

You can contact Bell from USA directly thru 416-383-6688 (I call all the time and they either don't know what number your calling from or they do not care)

You can use some random address (sign up for paperless billing) or use a friends address.

Make sure you don't connect your receiver to phone line (you can order PPV online)
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It will be better to stick with a single receiver. That will prevent calls for receiver "validation." A dual tuner HD PVR might be best. Bell will let you "self install" with a receiver purchase. That also reduces the contract obligation. As to billing, I would keep a Canadian bank account and sign up for electronic billing. A lot of things can be done on the Bell web site, like checking the account balance and changing the channel lineup. You could also get a friend or relative to accept the mailed bills and arrange payments from there. Their phone number and address would also need to be on the account. You could also make some sort of reciprocal financial agreement to make billing easier.

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Ok, I think I know what my options would be when it comes to BTV. IT will be a matter of getting a US installator to set ip up for me.

Interesting point one of the reply said was about other alternatives

Shaw allows it though (or tolerate it) ?

They do have all the channels I need,

Should I post something on the shaw section??? anyone has more info on there? it would be nice to have more than 1 receiver so maybe Shaw is the answer
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Wow my thread got highjacked in a matter of days... Oh well, still looking for a Bell subscriber south of Nashville with HD reception on the 82'. Refer to post #1 for context...
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Wow my thread got highjacked in a matter of days... Oh well, still looking for a Bell subscriber south of Nashville with HD reception on the 82'. Refer to post #1 for context...
The answer to your #1 question is no. The reason no one has said yes I get Bell HD in GA, FL or TX is because there is no beam to pick up. Headed to the Soutwest as you are the best I have heard is a 1.2 meter dish in Denver. So forget about your dream in receiving Bell's 82W signal anywhere south of Denver.

The footprint in post #4 is pretty close to being correct and that should have been enough for you to see that your dream is impossible.
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Back to Detroit, if you have time have Bell do an install at your Cdn residence before you go to the States. Hook up to the phone line in Canada for as long as possible. Then take the receiver(s) and maybe the dish to Detroit. Install it yourself, it's easy, but if you can't you will have no problem having an independent installer do it for you for a cash price after work. Do not hook up the phone line in the States. There won't be a problem, but if there is you can always take the receiver back to Canada when you come back for a holiday. Connect the phone line once back in Canada, this will make Bell's computer happy, and all will be well when you return once more to the USA. As others have said, try to do it all online with Cdn credit card.
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still looking for a Bell subscriber south of Nashville with HD reception on the 82'.
As already stated, I doubt there is one. I have heard lots of reports of people with no reception. It is also likely that only half the stations at 91 will be available. I've even heard of people trying out 10' dishes in Texas and getting marginal results. *C is still the best option.

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with new/better technology (newer LNBs, larger/cheaper antennas,etc
The technology at the receiving end has not really changed much. Satellites have become more powerful but have also been given tighter patterns, which results in lost signals in out of market areas. Tighter encoding used on HD channels also make signals more difficult to receive.

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As mentioned in several previous threads, although it is illegal to subscribe to US satellite in Canada, it is not illegal to subscribe to Canadian Sat in the US, although, as mentioned earlier, BTV will stop your subscription if they find you're in the US since they don't have rights there. That's why these threads are allowed to stand, based on Moderator and Admin decisions on previous similar threads.
Yeah, I think they're restricted because of the CRTC, right?

Bell TV could be fined hugely for it.

Still goes against the agreement that you make as a customer when you sign up with Bell TV.

So, is it illegal to pick up pirated US signal (and not be subscribed) while in Canada?
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Yeah, I think they're restricted because of the CRTC, right?
Well, no because the CRTC has no say in the US, that's FCC territory.

Pirating, by definition, is illegal, but yes, it's been illegal to receive Dish and DirecTV signals in Canada for years, even if you pay, but that's not the topic of this thread, so please let's stay on topic of BTV in the US.

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I spent several hours last year in Mesa, AZ trying to hook up BTV for my snowbird parents - no luck. The other Canadians all had StarChoice....
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Really? If this is the case I know a few folks that vacation around said parts and would love to hear this news.
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I don't think any 'laws' are being broken, just BTV's AUP (Acceptable Use Policy)
Bit of a difference between 'moral' and 'legal'.

The case may be different going the other way, as in US provider subbed in Canada, but to my knowledge, OK to have a Canadian sub in the U.S. as now US laws forbid it, only the providers policies and they differ vastly amongst BTV and SD.
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