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Satellite TV Pirate Sentenced to 14 Months in Federal Prison After Pleading Guilty...

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct 21, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), the nation's third largest pay-TV provider, today announced that Glenn White, a known satellite TV pirate, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegally rebroadcasting DISH Network's programming.

In July 2006, the FBI conducted a search and seizure of Mr. White's business office and cable distribution center, doing business as Wagram Cable, in Wagram, N.C. The search and seizure orders were executed based on findings of piracy and rebroadcasting of DISH Network's programming without authorization to Wagram Cable subscribers.

During the search, the FBI seized a substantial amount of evidence from both sites. DISH Network receivers containing piracy devices were found at the business office, and numerous DISH Network receivers, some containing piracy devices, were found installed in the cable distribution system.

In November 2007, Mr. White reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, resulting in guilty plea for two federal charges. The first charge was violation of Title 47, United States Code, Sections 605 (a) and (e) (2), "willfully divulging and publishing intercepted encrypted satellite television signals for private and financial gain." The second charge was violation of Title 47, United States Code, Section 605 (e) (4), "manufacturing, assembling, modifying and distributing satellite decryption devices."

DISH Network will continue to fight those who aid or participate in illegally breaking into encrypted DISH Network TV channels and set-top boxes.
 

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I was thinking the same thing. Looked up Wagram on Wikipedia. Supposedly it's only 1.5 sq. mi. Guess that makes it a little easier.
 

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how the hell does one setup a bootleg cable system?
Well I know of at least 3 locations where there are "bootleg" Cable Systems in highrise apartment buildings......

This is how it was done;

They rewired the entire building, on the outside by dropping a new RG6 into each suite (1 building is 185 units), these all ran back to a distribution location of the Roof inside a Mechanlcal Room. They were all terminated on 16 way Multiswitch's (Strobes), and fed by a Cable Line Extender (Navicor).

From here 1 piece of RG11 dropped right down inside the building to a Rack System containing over 35 FTA, Bell, Dish and DirecTV receivers. The output of each receiver was fed into a Modulator and then into a Combiner to create a single output that had on it the combined output of ALL 35 receivers, this was then fed up to the roof via the RG11, and onto each suite via the new RG6 lines.

These receivers were tuned to specific High Value Channels, PPV, Movies, Porn, HBO etc.

Subscription to this "Internal Cable System" as it was known was pretty simple.

Each Suite paid $25 per Month "Cash Only" to the Apartment Superintendent, who then ensured that the RG6 from that persons apartment was connected in the Mechanical Room on the Roof.

Quite a lot of initial setup cost involved but once running and the subscriptions started flowing in, it became a very lucrative proposition.

The apartment quoted had 150 subscribers when I visited it.

150 x $25 per month = $3,750.00 per month.
$3750 x 12 months = $45,000.00 per year.

With an outlay of approx $6,000 on receivers and lets add $4,000 for the RG6, strobes, Line Extender, Modulators etc, just to make the Math easy, it was not a bad little business. Profitable within the first few months.

It took me quite a while to get my head around what I was looking at when I went to this building. Asking questions about where certain cables went and what they fed was met with some very odd answers but I did eventually get to look around. I always carry a Digital Camera and the images I snapped were the source of quite a bit of amusment amongst my colleagues.....
 

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It had actually ended a few days before I arrived but had been going on for approx 2 years.

As far as I am aware the same Guy had 2 or 3 other buildings done in exactly the same way.
 

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That was a big thing back in the VC days, cable company's would sell hacked programming, this was one of the reasons for VCII+ and VCRS, and now DCII and power vu are mostly used for main cable distribution feeds, easy for some one to do that with Dish or Bell, people on the other end would probably notice a big drop in picture and sound quality, lets hope N3 actually works for both providers.
 
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