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Moving to US for some months

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by PHFeliciano, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. PHFeliciano

    PHFeliciano New Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    Hey Guys,

    I'm from Brazil, n here i've a Contract with a DirecTVs Brazillian Affiliated.
    Next Summer, i'm planning to be in San Francisco CA , to do a After Graduation Course for some months.
    Here we use the satellite 70ºW StarOne C2 , it have a footprint that covers all South America, Central and the South of USA.
    My question is,
    If i got a motorized antenna, a Universal LNB and make the right appointment to "our" (that we use) satellite, may i have some trouble with the US Laws ?
    Is there something to prevent me to do that?

    Sorry for my english, i think i need to pratice that (;

  2. jsk

    jsk Icon

    Dec 27, 2006
    Fallston, MD
    You would have to check with your provider to see if that is legal to watch the programming in the US. We have all sorts of copyright laws that might require you to purchase the programming in the US in order to view it here. You might not be able to legally get the programming in the US at all.

    If you will be in an apartment, you would only be able to install the dish on part of the property that is assigned to you, such as a balcony and the landlord can't prohibit you from doing this. You would need permission from the landlord to place the dish anywhere else. If you will be renting a house, then you should be able to install the dish.
  3. PHFeliciano

    PHFeliciano New Member

    Sep 2, 2013
    My question is exactly that, if what I want is legal in US.

    I've already sent an e-mail to my provider n they've answered I just need to pay a little more (like a U$20,00) monthly, to set in my contract another instalation adress.
    But if this adress is out of support coverage, I'll be not able to have an Oficial Technician Support from them.

    The topic "Dish location" , it is also important...
    I still don't know where i'll live, I was thinking about an apartment, but I had not seen from this view point already.
    If I decide to try this "project" , certainly, the house will be the best choice...

    I guess at least for the inicial moment, it would be nice to have the Brazillian Channels.
    But from another side, without the channels, i'll pratice a little bit more my english listening...
  4. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    70W is relatively low on the horizon (20.7 degrees) so you'll need either a tall East-facing apartment or roof access. In SF, this is a major problem as most of the town faces a hill or a number of tall buildings and bridges to the East (not to mention the hills overlooking Oakland).

    As for the legality, only Claro TV Brasil and their providers know what their contracts dictate. AFAIK, the US has no laws prohibiting authorized reception.
  5. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    DISH has probably the best selection with eight channels and DIRECTV has a couple. The rest of the Bay Area is Comcast and I'm guessing they offer little or nothing.
  6. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    However there are plenty of laws banning unauthorized reception ... and if the Brazilian company is not authorized to sell their content (part or all) in the US it would be unauthorized reception.
  7. kenglish

    kenglish Icon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Salt Lake...
    Lyngsat shows "no" signal available from that bird at SLC, so probably nothing useable at San Francisco either, unless you have a 10 meter dish.
    If you are going to maintain a home in Brazil, maybe a Slingbox is what yu need.
    With local Cable TV in California, and a Slingbox from home, you can keep up with things in both locations.
  8. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Slingbox definitely the way to go if possible, depending on how your Internet connection at home works etc.

    Also, in my years of being on the Net, I've generally found that whoever apologizes for their english generally writes better than the average American, and certainly better than the average American's command of a second language :)

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