[mythtv-users] OT: DirecTV STB, Lease vs Own?
anaerin at gmail.com
Sat Apr 8 03:33:07 UTC 2006
On 4/7/06, Kichigai Mentat <kichigai at comcast.net> wrote:
> > No, I'm positive that we can use one dish for multiple boxes, unless
> > they put 4 dishes on the roof (we already have 4 STBs, and one of them
> > is a DirecTivo with 2 tuners). I was just curious if we could add more
> > boxes with no fee if we own them, but I see that is a resounding no
> Just out of curiosity, how did you come up with that "resounding no"?
> I'm kind of curious how DirecTV can track that, or enforce it.
> ComCast can't do it, and they run physical lines carrying data (in
> some cases, two-way data) into the house.
Satellite is limited by the number of "LNB"'s on a dish. The most you
can get in one satellite reciever (The bit that points at the dish) is
a "Quad LNB" (4 channels), but with some juducious juggling and a
special adapter you can fit 2 recievers onto 1 dish (It means a slight
hit in signal quality for both recievers, but the capability of up to
The way that DishTV (And other satellite providers) can track how you
are using the system is by the simple expident of requiring a physical
smart card (The CAM - Conditional Access Module). If you are renting 2
boxes, you get 2 CAMs. And unless you partake in any illegal
activities, that means you can have a maximum of 2 boxes running at
any one time.
Robert "Anaerin" Johnston
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