I read this anecdote today:
In my husband’s work for a cable-television company, he
encounters illegal hookups that drive up costs for other
customers. One day he arrived at a repair job just as the
homeowner was pulling into the driveway. She pointed the
way to the den, where the tv was located, and then walked
out to get the mail.
As my husband approached the tv, he saw a note taped to
the screen. It read: “Don’t forget to hide the descramblers
before the cable guy comes. Love, Tom.”
So just out of curiosity, how does a cable subscriber with extra “illegal” descramblers actually "drive up costs for other customers? In the story above, the cable guy is arriving for a “repair job”, which indicates that the lady was already a subscriber. It wasn’t a new hookup. That being the case, I don’t quite get how running an extra cable to the bedroom TV drives up costs. I see this as different from, say, illegally connecting to your neighbor’s cable box in order to get the service without paying.
Does the cable company have to hire an extra person for each outgoing signal? Is there a computer keeping track of which shows are being watched and how many times, and the cable company pays its providers based on view counts (which would cause a household with an extra hookup to be getting two shows simultaneously for the price of one, while the cable company has to pay for both)? Is this a bandwidth issue?
What’s the deal?