|Originally posted by aviators99
They need to stop creating smart cards that get hacked days after they are released. It should certainly be possible to create such a card.
Anyway, pirating is one thing, but do you really want to throw people in jail who just have their receiver in a different location so that they can watch a football game that would be otherwise blacked out?
Pirating got a big boost with it being in a gray area in Canada, allowing for an industry to build up on pirating the DirecTV signal. Now they have to deal with the fallout of having that industry around.
Stealing is stealing, but a jury would not be likely to convict somebody of "stealing" something they paid for just because of a blackout area. The trick is getting to a jury instead of a judge who looks at the letter of the law. All in all, I don't think people circumventing a black out are the top priority of who they are targetting. #1 is the people who outright steal the signal with test cards. #2 would be people who have an account and a test card and just steal the premium services. #3 would probably be people who have a smart card reader and erase their PPV purchases, stealing PPV events and DirecTicket movies, while #4 would probably be people who "share" a service.
People who circumvent a blackout do not cost DirecTV money. The "damages" would have to be for the event's income recipient, such as Al Davis suing a person for circumventing a blackout of the Raider home game, which is blacked out when they don't sell out. That would not be practical to enforce, IMHO.