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  1. It has to be for people on horseback. Look at the orange feeder/waterers on the poles.
  2. On Verizon's site they say that you can buy other STBs that will work with their system however they will not work with the interactive services. I read somewhere that their system isn't IPTV although some of their interactive features are.... at least that gives me a direction to research. On some security camera websites they say that you can use their system and wire it into your cable TV system so that someone in another location can view it... they didn't say, or I didn't read enough of it to find out the distance this could be accomplished from... I believe they were referring to coax but I could be mistaken... I'll have to find that and read it again. There's no doubt it was a glitch of some kind, however I received the video through my STB. When they do the cable systemwide test of the Emergency Broadcast System *rather than the test run on an individual channel) Verizon overrides the STB and there are evidently no channels broadcast on the system during the test. After the test the STB resets and the system continues as normal. The signal I received was only video and I revived it durring the reset, or just after the reset before I received a normal channel. I haven't tried to reset my STB or the ONT, both of which can be reset by several means... or more accurately, in more than one way, and the STB behaves a bit differently on different types of resets. I do think it's unlikely that someone's camera that was connected to a PC was involved, as the frequencies for TV, Broadband and Telephone are all separate and since that seems to be almost a "physical" difference I don't think it's possible for the length of time I saw the video signal which was probably more than 3 and less than 10 seconds. Verizon's system is capable of receiving both analog and digital television, although they did discontinue analog when broadcast went digital on the same date. Before that the local analog channels were obviously different. I could receive the locals on an analog TV tuner but not the digital, however the STB picked up the analog signals on the same channels. I can see only two explanations for this.... either the analog and digital signals for the overlapping channels was being broadcast in both formats or the STB was converting the analog to digital. I do know the analog signals were weaker as when I used a splitter to got too my VCR and also my DVD recorder the analog tuners picked up some channels very strong and others very weak however the STB picked them up all strongly... this held true even when I switched around the cables (traded them) between all the devices. This means that it's possible for an analog signal to travel over an optical network. Additionally since the network is capable of accepting traffic both ways it must be possible to upload a signal to the system. Broadband traffic travels both ways as does Telephone and I'm using the same POTS equipment I was before they cut the copper wiring at the entrance to the house and wired the house POTS system into the ONT, leaving the copper wire from the POTS system in the alley cut off at the end, meaning I have no copper wiring from POTS up to the house and the optical networks handles that now. Similarly, there never was a cable connection from Comcast up to my home (I had Dish before( but there was wiring in the house that would accept it that I had been using to connect to an analog antenna in the attic to receive the locals before I got FiOS, and that antenna has been taken completely out of the system and the splitter replaced when they installed FiOS so there's no chance of crosstalk. At least i have a couple of directions to pursue I hadn't thought of before, if I can find the relevant info.
  3. 100k?! Shit, where do you live? I dunno about him but I just sold a 987 sq ft, 3 BR brick, 1 1/2 bath, slab foundation, with an attached 1 car garage for 50K... I had been expecting more like 65K after expenses and real estate fees but I ended up selling it to a guy that own a bunch of rent houses for cash. We split the fees and I ended up netting just over 49K. I'm not telling you where I live because that's just the way I am... but we use the word "y'all" a lot in normal conversation and are thought of as an "oil producing state". The house I live in now is a bit over 2600 sq ft and I only paid 160K for it about 7 years ago and financed it at 6% on an FHA note. I think the OP is actually asking for stolen card numbers (and that's not cool) but forgive me if I'm wrong about that. This begs the question: if someone had their cards all charged up to nearly the max are they virtually immune to ID theft since their score likely stinks?
  4. I'm looking for an explanation here and I suppose this could be considered a "video sniffing" question (or perhaps "warspying"). Warning, this is very long. Please suffer through my long semi-technical explanation if you think you might have an answer as to how I received an unauthorized signal over a fiber optic cable system. If you want to skip to the questions just go directly to the end of this first post. I have FiOS cable TV, which is a system that sends the signal over fiber optic cable up to the premises, where it's inserted into the ONT (Optical Network Terminal) which converts it to a signal transmitted over regular CATV coax cable that you then use in your receiver. (and also fiber optic to telephone and broadband internet on separate frequencies) Before the switch to digital you could get the local analog channels on your TV simply by plugging the cable into it and scanning it for regular cable channels however the subscription content was always digital and had to go through Verizon's set top box (STB). Since the switch there are no more analog channels and everything is digital. We have a periodic test of the emergency broadcast system and the way this works on this cable system is during the test they somehow take over your STB in a test mode and you cannot change the channels at all and the display on the STB reads "test" when the testing is over after a few seconds everything turns to normal and works as it always does.... similar to the over the air testing except that the cable system puts the STB into test mode and you get the test message no matter what channels you're watching because of the override feature of the test. Recently this happened but after the test was over, before the STB could reset to normal operation, I received about 5 or 10 seconds of what was obviously some type of security camera video. The resolution was very, very good but either the color was washed out from dim lighting or it was black and white... however the picture was very good and crisp. I've been curious as to how this could have happened as I don't see how it could have been someone's wireless camera as I receive my signal via fiber optic line which is converted to a shielded coax, which should prevent reception of a wireless signal. The only thing I can think of is that somehow someone must have an analog signal that was transmitted through the fiber optic line but I would think that wouldn't be possible either, unless the ONT will convert the signal going both ways (transmit as well as receive) which is possible in that the telephone and internet as well as some of the interactive TV functions are both upload and download so I suppose it's not out of the question. The other issue here is that signals over our systems are transmitted in a way that the STB decodes them and around a thousand channels are broadcast over about 50 cable channels and the STB decodes this information and puts it on the appropriate channel. I read some technical info that says that the actual channel it's on can vary and the STB decodes the signal and puts it on the channel you're watching, which sounds reasonable as we also get dozens of options "on demand" so it must be similar. This also evidently means that the channel I was watching (or tuned to) at the time is probably irrelevant and this is reinforced by the fact that when it happened there was no regular signal over the system (right after the test mode was over) although it's also possible it was a digital signal. My questions are: What type of signal was this likely to be (analog or digital) what was the probable distance (range) and what channel or frequency was it on? If I wanted to receive it again, how would I do that? If this was someone's security camera as it appeared to be is it possible that there are more signals to be received? Is it possible that somehow the upstream capability of the ONT has increased the range of the signal to a greater range than normal or would it be more likely that it originated withing normal ranges of a security camera... and what is the usual range of such a camera transmitting over coax, perhaps less than 500 feet or so? If I wanted to use my internal cable system in my home for a security camera system, would it also transmit down the cable so someone else could receive it? ... and if so, what would be the range? Also, does it seem likely that I could be able to transmit a video signal, or even a program (such as an A-V signal) to have my own "channel" and if I did so, would simply intermittently/randomly transmitting it be enough to avoid/prevent detection from the cable company ans in the case that I transmitted an analog signal would it be possible that they would not even care that it was occurring since it's a digital cable system? I'm sure that if I could figure out what channel it was on and whether it was analog or digital I could probably find out the rest of what I want to know. It doesn't seem to be on any of the over the air or analog TV channels though and I don't have a digital receiver other than my STB, which is also as DVR (like a Tivo) I would also be perfectly happy to find manuals that might answer most of my questions and if I had some titles to begin with I could probably find them and research much or what I want to know on my own. It does seem that most of the info I find in search engines as far as commercial sites offering cameras for sale it seems that most of these types of security cameras are wireless but it seems likely that this signal was over coax as that's how I received it and it was likely to be an individual rather than a business or a corporation. Any suggestions, thoughts, directions to information?