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News | 06/13/2002 4:00 am EDT

Illegal satellite descrambling cards cause interference to public safety communications
Industry Canada has determined that certain devices used to provide unauthorized access to direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV signals can cause interference to communications systems used by law enforcement agencies and emergency response teams. The department began an investigation into the interference issues after receiving several complaints from public safety organizations in Canada. Industry Canada concluded that illegal AVR cards, used to bypass DTH companies’ conditional access systems, were causing the interference and subsequently made a Determination of Interference. DTH broadcasters use conditional access systems to protect their transmissions from unauthorized reception.

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