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Anyone know how to descramble cable tv?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by dgfalk, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. dgfalk

    dgfalk Power Member

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    At my old apartment I had cable internet installed. I purchased a cable splitter and ran one line to my modem and the other to my TV. I was able to get free basic cable tv channels 2-70 that came in crystal clear.

    Now I moved across town and stayed with the same internet/cable company and I tried the same thing as in my old apartment. I only get channels 2-22 and only about half of them are watchable. Then from channel 22-70 is all static, BUT the audio is perfect, you can hear everything on ever channel. Is that any way I can build/make a descrambler to get these channels?

    I know I should pay for TV but they want over $50 a month just for basic cable and I hardly ever watch TV. The only reason I want it is cause I like to have the news on in the morning when im getting reading for work. And since thats about the only time I watch if I cant see paying that much a month. Anyone have any ideas?
     
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    scubasteve Junior Member

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    the cable company most likely put a filter on the cable line coming into your house, to prevent you from getting cable tv. if you called them up to subscribe to cable tv, the tech woudl simply come to your house, go the junction box, and remove the filter. look in the main junction box for your house (mine is in my attic), and you will see the filter. just remove it :)
     
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    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    it used to be pretty easy to get free cable, but comcast has switched to digital channels and thats the reason why you don't have channels past 34 (should be ch34) They are sending digital receivers to all their customers for free, though.
     
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    Check the line that feeds your house/apt. The filter is not always in the junction box the feeds you and your neighbors.

    Usually, the filter is at, or near, where the coax enters your home. It will look like an inline fuel filter. Just remove it and reconnect the lines. PRESTO!
     
  5. dgfalk

    dgfalk Power Member

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    Well it looks like im out of luck. I see no filter coming out of the box that runs inside my apartment. It must be in the box which im not going to mess with since it has a "security" bolt on it and a padlock. Is there anything i can buy/build to descramble the single. The signal is there, just needs a little help.
     
  6. scubasteve

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    Ahh, I didn't realize that you were in an apartment. Yah, you're kind out of luck then. The filter itself is what is blocking the signal from getting through, so I'm pretty sure that there's nothing left for you to be able to descramble. The cable company does usually put a special lock on those boxes, and technically, the box is the property of the cable company, and you're not supposed to tamper with it.

    I don't live in the states, but my junction box is literally up in my attic, so there's no way that the cable company could just go to the junction box without my permission. They wanted to charge me a "per-outlet" fee for every cable outlet that I wanted to have cable TV on, but screw that. I just went in the box and removed the filters on my own. *shrug*
     
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    pay for a month of cable then have it shut off. They usually take forever to disconnect the feed.