posted on Feb, 18 2009 @ 01:59 PM
This is a HOAX if I have ever seen one. For starters, the video even looks like a hoax with a giant CCD sitting right there in the open. If there
were some major conspiracy to insert video and audio capture devices into a piece of consumer electronics, it would most certainly need to be very
covert. Mounting a camera right on the PCB in plain view??? WTF?! Can you imagine the consumer reaction if this were so easy to confirm!? Now, if
somebody found what looked like a capacitor on the main board that was actually a camera... that would be freaky.
Now, here is more information that people in this thread got wrong:
1. This is talking about OTA DT signal -> Analog TV converter boxes. These are the ones you need to purchase if you intend to watch television from
an Over The Air signal on an analog television. These boxes have NO means of dialing or connecting to the internet because there is no connectivity
required for the boxes to function therefore there are no phone / data jacks.
*Satellite converter boxes and cable boxes can upload data from your location very easily though.
2. You cannot uplink to a satellite over the air without some heavy gear - think about news trucks.
3. Technically speaking, it IS possible to transmit a signal from one of these boxes, but it would be either cellular, limited range (out of public
band / closed frequency) wi-fi or via the power grid.
That all being said, am I going to go home and open up my cable box?
Yeah. But that is only because when I got my cable box from the cable company I noticed part of the plastic housing was cracked and now I am
wondering if my box had ever been tampered with. I also want to know if I can swap out the hard drive with a larger one for more DVR storage.