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Why You Should Never Use Cable Digital Descramblers

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The cost of cable television has prompted some individuals to look for more affordable ways to combat the expense, including cable digital descramblers. However, using a descrambler to obtain cable television is not the best option. The penalties for using such equipment are very high and much more expensive than simply sticking with paying your regular cable bill.

Using Cable Digital Descramblers

Every cable company operates through signals that are run through wires. A cable box owned by the cable company and rented by you descrambles the signal. This is the legitimate way of having cable in your home. However, over the years, people have invented ways to decipher this signal and descramble it without the use of boxes that are the property of the cable company. These devices are known as cable descramblers.

Using a descrambler that is not authorized by the cable company to receive free access to pay channels and pay per view events is a form of piracy. Essentially cable digital descramblers allow you to have access for free when other people are paying for the access legitimately. Cable signal descramblers can be used legally only if you obtain them from a cable company and have their authorization to use the device before you hook it up in your home. If you do not have authorization, you are guilty of piracy.

Using cable digital descramblers without the cable company’s knowledge is a form of theft. You are stealing a service from the cable company. Since the cable company is a utility and stealing utilities is a federal offense, the fines and penalties for doing so are hefty if the cable company finds out you are doing it. The penalties for stealing cable television are:

  • Criminal Penalties for personal Use include a maximum fine of $1,000 and a prison term of up to 6 months for a first offense
  • Criminal Penalties for entertainment Purposes such as using cable digital descramblers in a bar or some other venue for financial gain without the cable companies permission include a $50,000 fine and a maximum 2 years in prison
  • For a subsequent offense, criminal penalties include a $100,000 fine and a maximum of 5 years in prison
  • Non-criminal penalties include injunction to prevent further cable television theft, payment to the cable company for the duration of the theft and any profits made for entertainment purposes, damages on a statutory level ranging in any amount from $250 to $10,000, all costs including fees for attorneys that must be hired to fight the case at a court level
  • Individual penalties both of the local and state levels may also apply

Using cable digital descramblers is never worth the risk; instead, call your local cable company and ask them about finding a cable TV package that fits within your budget.

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