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Cable Television Piracy #286987

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Oct 15, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Cranston, Rhode Island) Size of cable television industry in United States noted; increasing problem of cable television piracy with scrambler on home equipment examined. [Cynthia GEREMIA, Wolf KOCH - claim everyone is cable pirate.] Pennsylvania authorities' case against suspect calling himself the "HBO-Kid" cited as example; cable ind.'s push for harder anti-piracy laws noted. Cox Cable commercial shown; response to cable company's amnesty offer in San Diego noted. Cranston, Rhode Island, cable firm's methods of detecting piracy explained, shown. [Cox Cable spokesperson Keith GREGORY - notes financial impact on company and government agencies.] [GEREMIA (missing in action) - rationalizes piracy due to cost of cable.] [National Cable television Association spokesperson Thomas WHEELER - notes average cable pirate doesn't believe he's stealing.]
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

Engberg, Eric;
Schieffer, Bob

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