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To all subscribers to STARCHOICE satellite tv #409938
06/15/11 03:01 PM
06/15/11 03:01 PM
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chris45 Offline OP
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Hi everybody. You may or not be aware that 15mins ago STARCHOICE began switching off all receivers outside of Canada.
Their reason for so doing is that the receivers are licensed for use in Canada only.
I am told that the receivers have a GPS chip in them which enables STARCHOICE to see they are located outside Canada.
Our local supplier Mike Cong at NETKING tells me there appears little chance of negotiation with STARCHOICE.
If anyone has any suggestions then I for one would be grateful to hear them. How this will affect cable users and other satellite services and internet access I have no idea.
For the moment there will be a number of individuals and hotels who will not be very happy.

Re: To all subscribers to STARCHOICE satellite tv [Re: chris45] #409947
06/15/11 06:25 PM
06/15/11 06:25 PM
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Casa Pokey 9 mi N San Pedro
Casa Pokey Jan Offline
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Did Mike indicate that he is working on another provider for us?

Re: To all subscribers to STARCHOICE satellite tv [Re: Casa Pokey Jan] #409950
06/15/11 07:22 PM
06/15/11 07:22 PM
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chris45 Offline OP
chris45  Offline OP
No. he was hoping that Starchoice might reconsider and call him back, but he did not sound confident.
Problem is that Direct Tv and Dishnet could decide to do exactly the same thing at any time. Technically we are (were) infringing the customer terms and conditions, so they are within their rights, legally at least.
The big question is what happens to cable providers as they get most of their programs from the same sources.
I have heard that some cable providers also supply a satellite service. I shall follow this up tomorrow.
The even bigger question is internet. If we lose that...Yikes!

Re: To all subscribers to STARCHOICE satellite tv [Re: chris45] #409955
06/15/11 08:20 PM
06/15/11 08:20 PM
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belizeonthebeach Offline
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The networks would be shooting themselves in the foot by putting GPS locators for any other reason than programming.
I find it hard to believe that the network in question has done this.

Re: To all subscribers to STARCHOICE satellite tv [Re: chris45] #409976
06/16/11 07:51 AM
06/16/11 07:51 AM
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chris45 Offline OP
chris45  Offline OP
Well it is a fact that Starchoice have shut down service to Belize, and the reason given is that the receivers sold in Canada for domestic use are in fact being used in Belize. This contravenes their terms and conditions as well as copyright on certain programmes.
How they found out is not really the poimt. The fact is, they have found out.
Apparently they are using this technology to clamp down on multi system users in Canada who are paying one fee but using receivers at multiple addresses, second homes etc.

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