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Satellite TV Piracy and Its Prevention

Posted on January 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

At present the entertainment domain of the world is facing a critical time. The situation has become worse due to piracy. At present a number of piracy software has been launched in the market and hence the entertainment content of different channels, movies or music is being sold through illegal means at a rapid rate and the provider of the entertainment. Thus the legal provider or the producer of the content is not getting its dues from the market. As a leading source of TV entertainment, satellite TV too is facing the same problem.

What is Piracy?

Piracy is referred to the unauthorized duplication of any kind of original recording or program for commercial gain without proper the consent of the owner of the rights. If a person using the modern technologies makes copies of a program without taking prior permission to its rightful owner and sells those copies in the market for gain it can be termed as piracy. Here the rightful owner does not get the commercial benefits from these copies. For these reasons such act of unauthorized copying is considered as illegal and is termed as piracy. Piracy of copyrighted content is an illegal as well as criminal activity. Once proved guilty, the concerned person can get severely penalized in piracy case.

Recently the problem of piracy has reached all time high. This rise of the problem has been possible due to the latest technological advancement in this field. New techniques of recording fixation of broadcast as well as recorded program has been invented, leading to equipping the pirates with new technologies to carry on with such illegal activities.

How does it affect satellite TV?

Satellite TV is a leading source of TV entertainment and is a paid medium. To watch dish TV you need to pay the TV provider for the installation and packages. It is a kind of paid TV entertainment. At present there are some vendors that are making some software through which one can watch satellite TV content with a free-to-air receiver. Using this software, a viewer does not have to pay the rightful suppliers of the dish entertainment for watching the content.

All they need t o do is to purchase the software from another vendor. Thus the rightful distributor of the dish TV content does not get any revenues from the viewers. Thus this software is also a kind of pirate software. With such pirate software in the market dish TV providers is losing some of its potential customers who are downloading the illegal software and getting dish entertainment through it.

Anti-piracy measures

Dish TV as well as other entertainment providers are trying their best to fight piracy. They have taken some legal steps to secure their rights as well. This has helped them to have a firm stand against piracy. Recently in a piracy case the court has given a decision in the favor of satellite TV and made it clear that posting pirate software is a violation of Federal Communication Act and that the compensation in pirate software case will be decided keeping the number of individual downloading the software in mind.

Options in Satellite TV Entertainment

Posted on January 25, 2019 in Uncategorized

Generally, satellite shoppers are entitled with three options in United States satellite TV entertainment: TVRO satellite system, DBS satellite system, and the new comers PC satellite system.

DBS system

DBS is the acronym of Direct Broadcast Satellite. Low cost installation, maintenance-free, stable receptions, all these features make DBS system a enhanced commercial product when compare to the TVRO system. Satellite TV via DBS system is done in the Ku-Band. These satellites work on higher frequencies and can transmit higher power signals. This is why smaller dishes can be used to receive satellite signal for DBS systems.

Currently, DBS system is the most popular way for satellite TV entertainment. Dish Network and DirecTV are broadcast using DBS system. To view satellite TV programs using DBS system, all you need is a satellite signal decoder, a small satellite dish (18″), and of course, a TV. If you subscribe the service to Dish Network or DirecTV, you are also required to put on the subscription cards or the ‘Key’ to view the TV shows legally.

Yes, subscription card is necessary. It is no secret that there are ugly trend in DBS satellite TV where tech guys hack their existing programming-card; or some get their smart card through Internet. By stealing the satellite signals from Dish Network or DirecTV, users can avoid paying any subscription fees. Anyhow, hacking satellite TV descrambles is against the rules and you put yourself in the risk of legal actions. Consumers should beware and avoid falling on to such traps when there are vendors offering such kind of services.

TVRO system

TVRO, or in detail, Television Receive Only is the first satellite system available for home satellite viewing system. Often known as the Big Dish, or the Ugly Dish, TVRO system uses C-Band (in contrast to Ku-band for DBS system) for the signal transmission.

By using a movable big dish, TVRO systems are able to receive common TV programs as well as independent feeds from all over the world. As news broadcasting crews normally transmit their first hand broadcast materials via C Band (same as TVRO system), you could for instance receive the unedited material if your dish lay within the coverage area.

Satellite PC system

The extent of satellite TV entertainment was once again expanded with the introduction of satellite PC system in recent days. Satellite PC system means a piece of computer software that enables you to watch satellite TV programs on your PC monitors. There are various type of software available in the market but most will allow you to watch up to thousands satellite TV program from worldwide.

Some says satellite PC system is revolutionary; some says it’s full of fraud and crap; for us, we says it’s a little of both. A very important point to be noted is that satellite PC is not something similar like traditional satellite TV program as the channel list in satellite PC is quite different from the traditional one. Do not get disappointed when you notice your satellite PC covers hundreds of Asia/Arab channels but your favorite HBO is no where to be found. Further more, as satellite PC system is relative new in the market; there are lots of unanswered questions in term of the reliability of the software vendor. Do we get customer service on after sales? Is the satellite TV PC picture quality acceptable? Is everything with satellite TV PC legal (outside of US, since its taking worldwide TV programs)?

Now, on the positive side, just imagine being able to turn on the computer and within minutes, be viewing education, movie, shopping, sports, news, and weather channels. With satellite television to personal computer, you can. In fact, many people love the radio capabilities, coming right out of the computer. Just as with television, the computer satellite can provide crisp pictures and excellent audio.

The advantages of satellite television to personal computer are many. For instance, while the kids are watching a Disney channel, you could be watching your favorite movie or sporting event in the privacy of any room you want. Keep in mind that sometimes, cable television will not broadcast a particular game or movie but with satellite television, you will never miss your favorite channels again.

Setting up the different kind of satellite system

For TVRO system, you need to spend a big pile of greens for the equipments and the installation fees. Further on that, you will need to find out what programming is on and when to receive your familiar satellite TV show. To receive different TV program, you might need to move or adjust your big dish – definitely not an easy job for mom and pop users.

Setup and installation are much easier with DBS system. If you stay in United States, most probably you will subscribe to either Dish Network or DirecTV; they provide you the free standard system as well as install the system for you for free and you are ready to go. Cost effective, no maintenance, no moving big dishes, and no more further adjustment.

Setting up satellite PC requires basic computer knowledge. This includes installing the software as well as basic software usage knowledge (screen resolutions, picture size) to fit your needs. Satellite PC is cheap when compare to DBS and TVRO as it requires only one time setup fees (Around $100) and no equipments to be purchased (provided you own a PC).

Conclusion

The existent of satellite TV change how people view TV entertainments. While standard television was okay and cable TV is good, DBS satellite TV and satellite PC are considered ground-breaking. Keep in mind that with any advance technology, there are plus and negative points, if you ever wish to make any purchase, we recommend you to choose wisely and pick only the satellite system that fits your personal needs. Jumping into a deal blindly just does not suit our motto as a smart consumer.

Safe Gun Storage Federal and State Laws

Posted on January 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

Safe gun storage laws are in effect in most all States to prevent accidents in homes especially where children are involved. The ATF (Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) has a mandate in place for gun selling facilities which states that firearms are to be secured in safes or have trigger locks installed to prevent firing. The selling establishment has to sign a certification form that they comply by this law. This law is required by all states.

Just to mention a few of the state’s safe gun laws, in Texas, as well as other states, a firearm sales facility has to place a sign somewhere visible to all customers buying rifles, shotguns and pistols in their store that says ” It is unlawful to store, transport, abandon an unsecured firearm in a place where children are likely to be and can obtain access to the firearm” (information taken from The Firearm Laws of Texas) or a similar statement.

In New York State, all retailers that sell firearms to customers, whether they are new or used, must provide some type of locking device with their purchase such as trigger locks, cable locks, etc. These locks do not need to be installed when sold and each device must meet certain requirements that prevent firearms from being fired. This law does not apply to sales between dealers. New York does not require buyers to secure their firearms with these devices but it is highly recommended they do. Firearm owners should check with their local authorities to determine if there are any local ordinances require otherwise. There are codes within the state that states it is a criminal violation punishable by up to 10 days imprisonment and/or a fine up to $250 for any owner to store or leave a firearm in such a manner that is out of their immediate possession or control, without making the weapon inoperable by installing a safety locking device.

While these required types of locks do protect firearms from being fired, they do not prevent them from being stolen once the buyer places them in their home. Gun cases and wood gun racks do not deter gun theft and do not qualify as safe storage. They should be secured in locking devices such as locking gun racks, firearm safes, etc. to add extra security.

Several states have passed laws that make firearm owners criminally liable if someone is injured because a child gains unsupervised access to a gun and can issue fines or jail time where children are involved depending on the circumstances.

Florida, as well as other states, has several laws and regulations regarding safe gun storage in homes as well as in vehicles. The state of Florida’s major concern is the safety for children. Anyone in violation of improper storage of firearms where children can have easy access could be subject to up to 60 days in jail and a $1000 in related fines.

The state of California, like in most all other states, requires all firearms be stored in a safe and secured manner. They also require all retail sales of firearms include a Department of Justice locking safety device or proof that the purchaser owns a firearm safe that meets regulatory standards established by the department. The types of approved devices can be found on the Department of Justice’s website…

Since State laws are constantly changing, this article is for general information and not for official use. You can check with your state and local authorities for current updates pertaining to safe gun storage laws.

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