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Here's an article I came across recently. It's very interesting to say the least. What does this mean to UTV and/or Tivo boxes? Anyone here about this?


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"April 1st, 0910hrs EST - DTV Admits Defeat & Announces Receiver Swap


The Chronicle - April 1, 2003


Direct TV Admits Defeat

By: Lirpa Sloof / Business and Technology


In a news conference, the head of Direct TV's signal integrity

department, Larry Rissler, addressed the media to announce the company

will be issuing new satellite receiver boxes to all of it's

approximately 14,000,000 U.S. satellite television subscribers. This

move, he stated, has become necessary in order to stop the unauthorized

viewing of the company's services.


At present, "piracy" of the encrypted signals is rampant and widespread

throughout both the U.S. and Canada. The current systems use an access

card to receive Direct TV and are easily hacked by an estimated

7,000,000 subscribers and an additional 5,500,000 non paying users.


Mr. Rissler stated that in the past several years, electronic counter

measures were added to our data stream to render "pirated" cards

useless. The problem persists because in internet chat rooms and forums,

dedicated hackers, soon release so called "fixes" that these pirates

load onto the access cards at home using programmers widely available on

line or at various satellite dealers. "Our attempts to stop piracy have

been futile and an enormous waste of financial resources" He said. "Our

intention is to spend our resources wisely, when it comes to controlling

the illegal viewers."


The new receivers to be swapped out will not use access card technology

and will be very similar to receivers used by Canada's StarChoice

Satellite company. StarChoice receivers to date have not been

compromised or decoded, unlike Echostar receivers used by their

competitors DishNetwork and Canada's Bell Expressvu.


These new receivers are manufactured by Motorola and consist of three

models. They are the Navigo 305, Navigo 405 and the Navigo HD (High

Definition) 405.


Although the switch will be costly, Rissler believes that it will be

quickly recovered through increased subscriptions to satellite service

with DTV. The only way to get Direct TV service will be through

subscription as the new series of receivers are impermeable to

decryption using hacking methods currently available. The tentative date

to begin delivery of the new units to their customers is April 30th with

completion in August of 2003.


Effective immediately, none of the old receivers will be offered for

sale in authorized retail outlets. Dish Network is set to announce a

similar swap in December 2003 according to inside sources.


This will now effectively take care of signal piracy as the data stream

used for current receivers will be shut down shortly after the swap's

completion, rendering the old receivers useless.


"We have admitted defeat with our current technology, but are looking

forward to our new secure systems and will now begin to reap the profits

we deserve." said Mr. Rissler.


The new recievers will cost current subscribers a one time fee of $50.00

for the 305 model and will carry and additional 2 year warranty. This

charge does not reflect the total cost of the units but will help defray

the upstart costs for Direct TV.


Larry Rissler added, "By taking control of our signal, our customers

will be protected from future increases in subscription rates and will

guarantee resources will be spent on improving programming and quality

service instead of thwarting hackers."
 

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Here's an article I came across recently. It's very interesting to say the least. What does this mean to UTV and/or Tivo boxes? Anyone here about this?


--ET


"April 1st, 0910hrs EST - DTV Admits Defeat & Announces Receiver Swap


The Chronicle - April 1, 2003
I think a quick look at the date should answer all your questions.
 

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Yea, it has to be a j-o-a-k, since Direct TV is going out of business due to the Murdock take-over. :D



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