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From: [email protected] (Ed J. Gurney)


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: Welcome to the rec.video.cable-tv FYI* list! :
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For Your Information

Last updated February 1, 1993

PLEASE SEND ANY NEW INFORMATION, ADDITIONS,
CORRECTIONS, OR COMMENTS TO

This file is Copyright (C) 1993 by Ed J. Gurney. All rights reserved.
Redistribution of this file, in both electronic and printed form,
is permitted provided NO FEE (other than direct costs) is charged.

*** WANTED!! Information on techniques used by Scientific-Atlanta, ***
*** new Pioneer boxes and any others not mentioned here!! ***

____________________________IMPORTANT_NOTICE____________________________

The ownership of a signal descrambler does NOT give the owner the right
to decode or view any scrambled signals without authorization from the
proper company or individual. Use of such a device without permission
may be in violation of state and/or federal laws. The information
contained herein is intended to serve as a technical aid to those person
seeking information on various scrambling techniques. No liability is
assumed for the use or misuse of this information.

_____________________Glossary_of_Useful_Video_Terms_____________________

CATV:Acronym for CAble TeleVision.
Colorburst:
Approximately 8 to 10 cycles of a 3.579545 MHz clock sent during
the HBI. This signal is used as a reference to determine both
hue and saturation of the colors. A separate colorburst signal
is sent for each line of video, and are all exactly in phase (to
prevent color shifts).
Control Signal:
The first 11.1 microseconds of a line of NTSC video. The signal
area from 0 to 0.3 volts (-40 to 0 IRE units) is reserved for
control signals, the rest for picture information. If the
signal is at 0.3 volts (or 0 IRE) the picture will be black.
See IRE Units; Set-up Level.
Field:One half of a full video frame. The first field contains
the odd numbered lines, the second field contains the even
numbered lines. Each field takes 1/60th of a second to
transmit. Note that both fields contain a complete
vertical-blanking interval and they both have the same
information during that interval. Since the NTSC standard is
525 lines, each field contains 262.5 lines--therefore it's the
half-line that allows the two fields of a frame to be
dstinguished from one another. See Frame; Line.
Frame:An NTSC video signal which contains both fields. A frame
lasts 1/30th of a second. See Field; Line.
HBI:Acronym for Horizontal Blanking Interval. The first 11.1
microseconds of line of video. It contains the front porch,
the 4.71 microsecond horizontal sync pulse, the 2.31
microseconds of colorburst, and the back porch. The horizontal
sync pulse directs the beam back to left side of the screen.
Almost every scrambling method in use today mutataes this part
of the signal in some way to prevent unauthorized viewing. See
Colorburst.
nterlace:
Term used to describe the dual-field approach used in the NTSC
standard. By drawing every other line, screen flicker is
reduce--if all the lines were painted sequentially, the top
would begin to fade before the screen was completely "painted".
IRE Units:
IRE is an acronym for Institure of Radio Engineers. The NTSC
standard calls for a peak-to-peak signal voltage of 1 volt.
Instead of referring to the video level in volts, IRE units are
used instead. The IRE scale divides the 1- volt range into 140
parts, with zero-IRE corresponding to about 0.3V. The full
scale goes from -40 IRE to +100 IRE. This is convenient scale
to make a distinction between control signals (< 0 IRE) and
picture signals (> 0 IRE). See Control Signal.
Line:A video signal is a series of repeated horizontal lines,
consisting of control and picture information. The color NTSC
standard allows a total time of 63.56 microseconds for each
line, and each frame is composed of 525 lines of video
information. The first 11.1 microseconds make up the horizontal
blanking interval, or control signal, the following 52.46
microseconds make up the picture signal. See HBI; VBI.
NTSC:Acronym for National Television Standards Committee (or
Never The Same Color, if you prefer ๐Ÿ™‚
Picture Signal:
The 52.46 microseconds of signal following the control signal.
Information in this area is between 0 and 100 IRE units. See
IRE Units.
Set-up Level:
Picture information technically has slightly less than 100 IRE
units available. That's because picture information starts at
7.5 IRE units rather than at 0 IRE units. The area from 0 to
7.5 IRE units are reserved for what is commonly called the
"set-up level". Having a small buffer area between the control
signal information and the picture information is a "fudge
factor" to compensate for the fact that real-life things that
don't always work as nicely as they do on paper. ๐Ÿ™‚ See IRE
Units.
VBI:Acronym for Vertical-Blanking Interval. The first 26 lines of
an NTSC video signal. This signal is used to direct the beam
back to the upper-left corner of the screen to start the next
frame. In order for the horizontal sync to continue operating,
the vertical pulse is serrated into small segments which keep
the horizontal circuits active. Both actions can then take
place simultaneously. The VBI is the most common place for
"extra" information to be sent, such as various test signals,
and in some cable systems, a data stream.

_________________________Scrambling_Technologies________________________

..............................Sine-Wave................................
Oak (and apparently some very early Pioneer boxes) employed a sine-wave
sync suppresion system. In this system, the picture would remain
vertically stable, but wiggling black bars with white on either side
would run down the center of the screen. The lines were caused by a
15,750 Hz sine-wave being injected with the original signal, causing the
sync separator in the TV to be unable to detect and separate the sync
pulses. Later, Oak came out with a "Vari-Sync" model, which also
removed a 31,500 Hz sine-wave added to the signal. Oak was one of the
first to use extra signals ("tags") as a counter-measure for pirate
boxes -- in the normal mode, a short burst of a 100 KHz sine-wave (the
tag signal) would be sent during the VBI, along with the AM sine-wave
reference on the audio carrier and scrambled video. They would then put
the AM sine-wave reference signal onto the audio carrier, leave the
video alone, and NOT send the tag. Any box which simply looked for the
AM sine-wave reference would effectively scramble the video by adding a
sine-wave to the unscrambled video! Real decoders looked for the tag
signal and still worked correctly. Other combinations of tag/no tag,
scrambled/unscrambled video were also possible.

....................6 dB In-Band Sync Suppression......................
Early Jerrold boxes used in-band gated sync suppression. The horizontal
blanking interval was suppressed by 6 dB. A 15.734, 31.468 or 94.404
KHz reference signal (conveniently all even multiples of the horizontal
sync frequency) was modulated on the sound carrier of the signal, and
used to reconstruct the sync pulse. An article in February 1984 issue
of Radio-Electronics explains this somewhat-old technique. Converters
which have been known to use this system include the Scientific-Atlanta
8500-321/421, a number of Jerrold systems [see numbering chart], Jerrold
SB-#, SB-#-200, SB-#A, RCA KSR53DA, Sylvania 4040 and Magnavox Magna
6400.

..................Tri-mode In-Band Sync Suppression....................
A modification to the 6dB sync suppresion system, dubbed "tri-mode",
allows for 0, 6 and 10 dB suppression of the horizontal sync pulse. The
three sync levels can be varied at random (as fast as once per field),
and the data necessary to decode the signal is contained in unused lines
during the VBI (along with other information in the cable data stream.)
See the February 1987 issue of Radio-Electronics for a good article
(both theory and schematics) on the tri-mode system. Converters which
have been known to use this system include a number of Jerrold systems
[see numbering chart], Jerrold SBD-#A, SBD-#DIC, Regency, and early
Pioneer systems {anyone know for sure which ones?}.

......................Out-Band Sync Suppression........................
Out-band gated sync systems also exist, such as in early Hamlin
converters. In this system, the reference signal is located on an
unused channel, usually towards the higher end (channels in the 40's and
50's are common, but never in the low 30's due to potential false
signalling.). The signal is comprised of only sync pulse information
without any video. Tuning in such a channel will show nothing but a
white screen and will no audio.

...............................SSAVI...................................
SSAVI is an acronym for Synchronization Suppression and Active Video
Inversion and is most commonly found on Zenith converters. Besides
suppressing sync pulses in gated-sync fashion, video inversion is used
to yield four scrambling modes (suppressed sync, normal video;
suppressed sync, inverted video; normal sync, inverted video; and normal
sync, normal video). The mode of scrambling can be changed as fast as
once per field. Their is no "reference signal" per-se, but the
horizontal sync pulses during the VBI are not suppressed, allowing a
phased-lock loop to be used to generate the missing sync pulses.
Information on whether the video is inverted or not is contained in the
latter-half of one of the lines of video, usually line 20 or 21. The
Drawing Board column of Radio-Electronics starting in August '92 and
going through early '93 described the system and provided several
circuits for use on an SSAVI system. Audio in the system can be
"scrambled" - usually by burying it on a subcarrier that's related
mathematically to the IF component of the signal.

.............................Tocom systems.............................
The Tocom system is similar to the Zenith system since it provides three
levels of addressable baseband scrambling: partial video inversion,
random dynamic sync suppression and random dynamic video inversion.
Data necessary to recover the signal is encrypted and sent during lines
17 and 18 of the VBI (along with head-end supplied teletext data for
on-screen display). The control signal contains 92 bits, and is a 53 ms
burst sent just after the color burst. Up to 32 tiers of scrambling can
be controlled from the head-end. Audio is not scrambled.

.........................New Pioneer systems...........................
The newer 6000-series converters from Pioneer supposedly offer one of
the most secure CATV scrambling technologies from a "major" CATV
equipment supplier. From the very limited information available on the
system, it appears that false keys, pseudo-keys and both in-band and
out-band signals are used in various combinations for a secure system.
From U.S. patent abstract #5,113,441 which was issued to Pioneer in May
'92 (and may or may not be used in the 6000-series converters, but could
be), "An audio signal is used on which a key signal containing
compression information and informaton concerning the position of a
vertical blanking interval is superimposed on a portion of the audio
signal corresponding to a horizontal blanking interval. In addition, a
pseudo-key signal is superimposed...so that the vertical blanking
interval cannot be detected through the detection of the audio signal...
Descrambling can be performed by detecting the vertical blanking
interval based on the information...in the key signal, and decoding the
information for the position which is transmitted in the form of
out-band data. Compression information can then be extracted from the
key signal based on the detected vertical blanking interval, and an
expansion signal for expanding the signal in the horizontal and vertical
blanking periods can be generated." {I have abstracts on several other
Pioneer patents if anyone is interested. If anyone has any better
information on the 6000-series scrambling technique, please send mail!}
Note that Pioneer boxes are "booby-trapped" and opening the unit will
release a spring-mechanism which positively indicates access was gained
to the interior (and sends a signal to the head-end on a two-way system,
and may disable the box completely.) {See U.S. patent #4,149,158 for
details.} The mechanism cannot be reset without a special device.

...............No Scrambling (Traps/Addressable Taps)..................
A cable system may not be scrambled at all. Some older systems (and
many apartment complexes) use "traps" or "filters" which actually REMOVE
the signals you aren't paying for from your cable. These systems are
relatively secure because the traps are often located in locked boxes,
and once a service technician finds out they're missing or have been
tampered with (by pushing a pin through it to change its frequency,
for example), it's a pretty solid piece of evidence for prosecution.
The disadvantage to these systems is that pay-per-view events are not
possible, and that every time someone requests a change in service, a
technician has to be dispatched to add/remove the traps.

Becoming more and more popular in an effort to stop "pirates" are
addressable taps. These are devices located at the pole, where your
individual cable feed is tapped from the head-end. Similar to
addressable converters, they each have a unique ID number and can be
turned on/off by a computer at the head-end. Any stations which you are
not paying for are filtered out by electronicly switchable traps in the
units. (Including the whole signal if you haven't paid your bill or had
the service disconnected.) {Several patents on such devices have
recently been granted, see the accompanying Patent List FYI.} Again,
these almost guarantee an end to piracy and don't have any of the
disadvantages of the manual traps. Plus, they provide a superior signal
to those customers paying for service because they no longer need
complicated cable boxes or A/B switches -- and they can finally use all
of the "cable-ready" capabilites of the VCR, TV, etc. About the only
known attack on this type of system is to splice into a neighbors cable,
which again provides plenty of physical evidence for prosecution.

..........................Scientific-Atlanta...........................
No information on techniques used by S-A converters. {If anyone has
information on any of the 85xx-series boxes (or even the new 8600),
please send mail!}

...........................Jerrold Baseband............................
No information on techniques used by Jerrold "baseband" converters. {If
anyone has information on other Jerrold scrambling methods other than
those mentioned above, please send mail!}

.............................VideoCipher...............................
The VideoCipher system was developed by General Instruments and is used
primarily for satellite signals at this time. VideoCipher I is the
"commercial" version which uses DES (Data Encryption Standard)-encrypted
audio AND video. A VCI descrambler is not available for "home" owners.
VideoCipher II is the now-obsolete system which used a relatively simple
video encryption method with DES-encrypted audio. This has recently
been replaced by the VideoCipher II+, which will be replaced by
VideoCipher IIRS (a smart-card based system) by the end of the year.
Supposedly, coded data relating to the digitized, encrypted audio is
sent in the area normally occupied by the horizontal sync pulse in the
VCII system. (The Oak Orion CATV system uses a similar technology.)
Several methods existed for pirating the VCII based system, and some
supposedly exist for the new VCII+ format. See the rec.video.satellite
FAQ list for more information.

...............................B-MAC...................................
MAC is an acronym for Mixed Analog Components. It refers to placing TV
sound into the horizontal-blanking interval, and then separating the
color and luminance portions of the picture signal for periods of 20
to 40 microseconds each. In the process, luminance and chrominance are
compressed during transmission and expanded during reception, enlarging
their bandwidths considerably. Transmitted as FM, this system, when
used in satellite transmission, provides considerably better TV
definition and resoluton. Its present parameters are within the
existing NTSC format, but is mostly used in Europe at this time. {Does
anyone know if the D2-MAC system is just a variation of this, or is it
completely different? What's new in the D2-MAC system?}

________________________Miscellaneous_Information_______________________

........................Two-Piece vs. One-Piece........................
There are both advantages and disadvantages to the one-piece and
two-piece descramblers often advertised in the back of electronics
magazines. The "one-piece units" are real cable converters, just like
you'd get if you rented one from the cable company. It has the
advantages of "real" descrambling circuitry and the ability to "fit-in"
well when neighbors come over (avoids those "my box doesn't look like
that...or get all these channels!" conversations ๐Ÿ™‚ A disadvantage
is that if you move or the cable company installs new hardware, you may
now have a worthless box -- most one-piece units only work on the
specific system they were designed for. Another disadvantage is that
if the box has not been modified, it can be very easy for the head-end
to disable the unit completely. (See Market Codes, below.)

A "two-piece unit" ("combo") usually consists of an any-brand cable TV
tuner with a third-party "descrambler" (often referred to as a "pan")
which is designed to work with a specific scrambling technology. The
descrambler typically connects to the channel 3 output of the tuner, and
has a channel 3 output which connects to your TV. (Although some tuners
have a "decoder loop" for such devices.) They have the advantage that
if you move or your system is upgraded, you can try to purchase a new
descrambler -- which is much cheaper than a whole new set-up. You also
can select the cable TV tuner with the features you want (remote, volume
control, parental lockout, baseband video output, etc.) Two-piece units
typically cannot be disabled by the data stream on your cable. (Note
however that there ARE add-on "pans" manufactured by the same companies
who make the one-piece units that DO pay attention to the data stream
and can be disabled similarly!) The main disadvantage is that a
third-party descrambler MAY not provide as high of quality descrambling
as "the real thing", and it may arrouse "suspicion" if someone notices
your "cable thing" is different from theirs.

.......................Jerrold Numbering System........................
To "decode" a Jerrold converter, the following chart may be helpful.
(Note that some spaces may be blank.)

__ __ __ __ - __ __ __
| | | | | | |
| | | | | | |--- T = two-way capability, C = PROM programmable
| | | | | |
| | | | | |------ DI = Inband decoder, DO = Outband decoder,
| | | | | PC = Signle pay channel, A = Addressable
| | | | |
| | | | |--------- Output channel number (3 very common)
| | | |
| | | |-------------- D or I = tri-mode system, N = parental lockout
| | | feature (6 dB only systems are "blank" here)
| | |
| | |----------------- M = mid-band only, X = thru 400 MHz,
| | | Z = thru 450 MHz, BB = baseband
| |
| |-------------------- S = Set-top, R = Remote
|
|----------------------- D = Digital tuning, J = Analog tuning

............................Market Codes...............................
Note that almost every addressable decoder in use today has a unique
"serial number" programmed into the unit -- either in a PROM,
non-volatile RAM, EAROM, etc. This allows the head-end to send commands
specifically to a certain unit (to authorize a pay-per-view events, for
example.) Part of this "serial number" is what is commonly called a
"market code", which can be used to uniquely identify a certain cable
company. This prevents an addressable decoder destined for use in
Chicago from being used in Houston. In most cases, when a box receives
a signal with a different market code, it will enter an "error mode" and
become unusable. This is just a friendly little note to anyone who
might consider purchasing a unit from the back of a magazine -- if the
unit has not been "modified" in any way to prevent such behavior, you
could end up with an expensive paper weight... (see next section)

........................Test Chips / "Bullets".........................
So-called "test chips" are used to place single-piece converters (that
is, units with both a tuner and a descrambler) into full service. There
are a number of ways to accomplish this, but in most cases, the serial
number/market code for the unit is set to a known "universal" case, or
the comparison checks to determine which channels to enable/disable are
bypassed by replacing an IC in the unit. The latter type of chip is
superior because it cannot be disabled, even if the cable company finds
out about a "universal" serial number. (When that happens, the cable
company has the potential to disable the converter anyway, with a
so-called "bullet".) The "bullet" is nothing more than the normal cable
data stream with the appropriate code to disable a converter which has
this serial number, or which doesn't have this market code, or... etc.
The "bullet" is NOT a harmful high-voltage signal or something as the
cable companies would like you to believe -- if it was, it would damage
anyone with a cable-ready TV or VCR connected to the cable (not
something the cable company wants to deal with!) The only way to get
"caught" by such a signal is to contact the cable company and tell them
your illegal descrambler just quit working for some reason. ๐Ÿ™‚ Not a
smart thing to do, but you'd be surprised (especially if it's someone
else in the house who calls, like a spouse, child, babysitter, etc.)
While we're on the subject, it's also not a good idea to have cable
service personnel come into your residence and find an unauthorized
decoder. If you have one, use common sense and tell anyone you live
with to call YOU and NOT the cable company if something goes wrong.
Just some friendly advice...

.......................The Universal Descrambler.......................
In May of 1990, Radio-Electronics magazine published an article on
building a "universal descrambler" for decoding scrambled TV signals.
There has been much talk on the net about the device, and many have
found it to be lacking in a number of respects. Several modifications,
hoping to fix some of the problems have also been posted, with limited
success. The Universal Descrambler relies on the presence of the
colorburst for its reference signal. In a normal line of NTSC video,
the colorburst is 8 to 11 cycles of a 3.579545 MHz clock (that comes out
to 2.31 microseconds) which follows the 4.71 microsecond horizontal sync
during the horizontal blanking interval. {Whew!} Since a large number
of scrambling systems depend on messing with the horizontal sync pulse
to scramble the picture, the Universal Descrambler attempts to use the
colorburst signal to help it replace the tainted sync pulse.
Unfortunately, random video inversion is still a problem, as are color
shifts which occur from distorted or clamped colorburst signals, etc.
Most people have not had very good results from the system, even after
incorporating some modifications.

--
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The Somewhat-Complete List of CATV/Satellite/Scrambling Patents
________________________________________________________________________

The following patents have been issued to their respective companies
from roughly 1970 through August of 1992. The patents listed here in
some way relate to the area of televison encryption and/or distribution.
Note that there are MANY other patents issued in this area to other
companies, individuals, etc. but I've chosen to include only the "major"
players in the Satellite / CATV industry.

Copies of patents may be obtained from the U.S. Patent Office at a
charge of US$3.00 for each patent. Send requests to Commissioner of
Patents and Trademarks, United States Patents and Trademarks Office,
Washington, D.C. 20231. Also note that almost every state has at least
one Official Patent and Trademark Depository (usually at a large
institution or a start library) which has copies of all patents on
microfilm. See 'comp.patents' for more information.

Many other libraries may also have the "Official Gazette", the weekly
publication from the U.S. Patent Office which provides one drawing and
one paragraph from each patent issued during the week. Armed with this
list, the "Gazette", and a few hours in the library, you can get a
better idea of the nature of the patents before ordering the full text
from the Patent Office.

If someone is willing to donate FTP space, I can make a version of this
list available which has abstracts for any related patents issued in the
last two or three years. Something of that size is simply too big to
post to the group.

Hope this is interesting / helpful to someone.

Regards,
Ed
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(Note that the titles of some patents may be truncated...)

GENERAL INSTRUMENT CORPORATION
5115467: Signal Encryption Apparatus For Generating Common And Distinct Keys
5111504: Information Processing Apparatus With Replaceable Security Element
5107360: Optical Transmission Of RF Subcarriers In Adjacent Signal Bands
5091936: System For Communicating TV Signals Or A Plurality Of Digital Audio
5083293: Prevention Of Alteration Of Data Stored In Secure IC Chip Memory
5081680: Initial Reporting Of Remotely Generated Data
5054067: Block-cipher Cryptographic Device Based Upon A Pseudorandom Nonlinear
5053992: Prevention Of Inspection Of Secret Data Stored In Encapsulated IC
5046093: CATV Subscriber Apparatus With Intelligent Remote Control
5038402: Apparatus And Method For Providing Digital Audio In The FM Broadcast
5036537: Geographic Black-out Method For Direct Broadcast Satellite System
5027399: Signal Switching Apparatus
5020129: Addressable Control System For CATV Program Distribution
5014310: Video Scrambling And Descrambling By Varying Sequence Of Segments In
5003591: Functionally Modifiable Cable Television Converter System
4989245: Controlled Authorization Of Descrambling Of Scrambled Programs
4982430: Bootstrap Channel Security Arrangement For Communication Network
4979230: Up-conversion Homodyne Receiver For Cable Television Converter With
4975951: IPPV Programming Distribution Control System
4956862: Method Of Providing Sound Privacy System Compatible With Mono And BTSC
4933898: Secure Integrated Circuit Chip With Conductive Shield
4928309: Method And Apparatus For Descrambling A Television Signal
4926477: Cable Television Descrambler
4920566: Dual Loop Sinewave Descrambler And Method Of Descrambling
4914695: Method And Apparatus For Frequency Control Of Multiple Oscillators
4864615: Reproduction Of Secure Keys By Using Distributed Key Generation Data
4864613: Broadband Converter/descrambler Interface For Cable TV
4860379: Data Communications System
4860353: Dynamic Feedback Arrangement Scrambling Technique Keystream Generator
4841569: Secure Video Distribution System
4821097: Apparatus And Method For Providing Digital Audio On The Sound Carrier
4815129: Video Encryption System
4803725: Cryptographic System Using Interchangeable Key Blocks And Selectable
4783846: Switchable Signal Source Module For Use With Cable Television Converter
4771456: Cable Television Channel Selector/descrambler For Use With Cable-ready
4739510: Direct Broadcast Satellite Signal Transmission System
4712239: Security Arrangement For Downloadable Cable Television Converters
4710955: Cable Television System With Two-way Telephone Communication Path
4694491: Cryptographic System Using Interchangeable Key Blocks And Selectable
4689619: Method And Apparatus For Polling Subscriber Terminals
4685131: Program Blocking Method For Use In Direct Broadcast Satellite System
4672440: Scrambled Signal Detector
4646150: Apparatus And Method For Stereo Television Sound
4638356: Apparatus And Method For Restricting Access To A Communication Network
4628358: Television Signal Encryption System With Protected Audio
4603349: Cable Television System With Stereo Sound Reproduction
4599647: Receiver With Interface For Interaction With Controller-decoder
4598318: Video Encryption System
4571615: Timing Generator For Sync Suppressed Television Signals
4562465: Adaptive Video Descrambling System
4558464: Address-programmable CATV Converter
4533948: CATV Communication System
4520508: Subscriber Terminal For Monitoring Radio-frequency Signal Ingress Into
4494111: Frequency Agile Security Apparatus
4477800: Security System
4477799: Security Apparatus With Alarm Search And Verification Capability
4404514: Fault Detection System As For Locating Faulty Connections In A Cable

OAK INDUSTRIES
4709266: Satellite Scrambling Communication Network Using Geographically
4688247: Pay TV Scrambling By Audio Encryption
4633309: Cable Television Master/slave Decoder Control
4568974: Video Scrambling By The Application Of A Variable Periodic Scrambling
4531021: Two Level Encripting Of RF Signals
4531020: Multi-layer Encryption System For The Broadcast Of Encrypted
4454543: Dynamic Video Scrambling
4447828: Phase Change Dynamic Scrambling
4425579: CATV Converter With Keylock To Favorite Channels
4424532: Coding And Decoding System For Video And Audio Signals
4353088: Coding And Decoding System For Video And Audio Signals
4340906: Video Signal Coding By Video Signal Polarity Reversal On The Basis Of
4336553: Method Of Coding Audio And Video Signals
4323922: Television Coding System With Channel Level Identification
4313132: Cable TV Security Means
4145717: Subscription TV Audio Carrier Recovery System
4135157: Pole Mounted Converter
4112464: Subscription TV Decoder Logic System
4024575: CATV Sine Wave Coding System
3919463: Pay TV System Using UHF Input
3882266: Apparatus For Converting Selected Channels
3857997: Cable Converter With Phase Lock Loop Techniques
3826863: Subscription Television System Using Audio And Video Carrier Reversal
3789131: Selective Coding System For Subscription Television

PIONEER ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
5125028: Television Signal Scrambling Method And Apparatus
5113441: Method For Scrambling A Television Signal And Method And Apparatus For
5113439: CATV Terminal And Video Apparatus Having A Noise Eliminating Circuit
5103477: Method And Apparatus For Descrambling A Television Signal
5091937: CATV Terminal Unit
5065235: CATV Terminal Unit Including Memory For Storing Remote Control Codes
5053884: Control Apparatus For Selectively Inhibiting Looking/listening In CATV
5031213: CATV Terminal Unit
5031045: CATV Terminal Device Having A Program Booking Timer Function
5029340: CATV Terminal Unit Having An Improved Descrambling Operation
5008934: CATV Transmission System Using Scrambled Signals
4962529: Scrambling Method For TV Picture
4961109: Chargeable Program Receiving Limit Setting System In Two-way Cable
4953208: CATV System Transmitting A Scrambled Television Signal
4949170: Video Information Transmission Service System And Head End Device
4928168: Billing Data Display System And Terminal Used Therein For A Closed
4926256: Billing Data Display System For A Closed Circuit Television System
4839922: CATV Scrambling And Descrambling Method
4794643: Method For Developing A Key Signal For Descrambling In Television
4792971: Selective Viewing Control System For CATV
4779129: FM Simultaneous Broadcast System For CATV
4769838: Community Antenna Television Reception Controlling Apparatus
4740835: Wire-tap Preventing Apparatus For Community Antenna Television
4737990: Unauthorized Channel Jamming Signal Applying Method For CATV System
4716410: CATV Data Transmission Method
4713840: Data Communication System
4710971: Channel Selecting Device For CATV Terminal Unit
4651204: Jamming Signal Generating Circuit
4648122: Community Antenna Television Communication System
4644396: Gate Circuit For Central Control Of CATV System
4641363: Community Antenna Television Communication System
4616214: Security System
4584684: Data Transmission Method
4558358: Cable Network Monitoring System For CATV System
4550341: Unauthorized Observation Preventing Device For CATV System
4455570: CATV System
4454538: Data Communication In CATV System
4439784: Power Cutting Device For Terminal Units Of CATV System
4427995: Fail-safe CATV System Center Facility
4408345: Remote Line Monitoring Method And Device For CATV System
4385314: Polling Pattern Generator For CATV System
4365267: Passive Data Monitor For Use With Polling Pattern Generator In CATV
4365249: Line Monitoring Device In Two-way Data Communication System
4322745: Television Signal Scrambling Method For CATV System
4317215: Tuning System For CATV Terminal
4313133: Scrambling And Descrambling System In CATV Broadcasting System
4270212: CATV Converter
4245245: Interactive CATV System
4149158: Security System For CATV Terminal
4145716: Descrambling Device In CATV System
4109281: Terminal Device For CATV
4064536: Video Scrambler And Descrambler Apparatus

SCIENTIFIC-ATLANTA
5109286: CATV Reverse Path Manifold System
5077607: Cable Television Transaction Terminal
5068893: Television Signal Processing Network For Subscription Television
5058160: In-band Controller
5053883: Terminal Polling Method
5029207: External Security Module For A Television Signal Decoder
5014309: Off-premises Cable Television Channel Interdiction Method And Apparatus
5003384: Set-top Interface Transactions In An Impulse Pay Per View Television
5001554: Terminal Authorization Method
4994908: Interactive Room Status/time Information System
4991011: Interactive Television Terminal With Programmable Background Audio Or
4987486: Automatic Interactive Television Terminal Configuration
4963966: CATV Distribution System, Especially Adapted For Off-premises Premium
4924498: Method And Apparatus For Improving Video Scrambling And Employing
4922532: Sync Suppression Scrambling And Descrambling Of Television Signals For
4912760: Off-premises Cable Television Channel Interdiction Method And Apparatus
4912721: Cable Television Spread Spectrum Data Transmission Apparatus
4890321: Communications Format For A Subscription Television System Permitting
4890319: Method For Controlling Copying Of Protected Information Transmitted
4888799: Scrambling Of Signals By Inversion
4885775: Information Display Scheme For Subscribers Of A Subscription
4866770: Method And Apparatus For Communication Of Video, Audio, Teletext, And
4829569: Communication Of Individual Messages To Subscribers In A Subscription
4817142: Restoring Framing In A Communications System
4792972: Remote Programming Of CATV Channel Authorization Unit
4792848: Cable Television Impulse Pay Per View System
4748667: Jamming Signal Scrambling And Descrambling Systems For CATV
4691353: Scrambling Systems For CATV
4642688: Method And Apparatus For Creating Encrypted And Decrypted Televion
4636852: Scrambling And Descrambling Of Television Signals For Subscription TV
4567517: Descrambler For Sync-suppressed TV Signals
4523228: Sync Suppression Scrambling Of Television Signals For Subscription TV
4471380: Scrambling And Descrambling Of Television Signals For Subscription TV
4466017: Sync Suppression Scrambling Of Television Signals For Subscription TV

TOCOM, INC.
4606072: Master/slave Converter System
4575755: Video Encoder/decoder System
4574305: Remote Hub Television And Security Systems
4536791: Addressable Cable Television Control System With Video Format Data
3993955: Method Of And Apparatus For Establishing Emergency Communications In A
3990012: Remote Transceiver For A Multiple Site Location In A Two-way Cable
3846703: Noise Control System For Transmission Network
3803491: Communications System
3794922: Data Sampling Communication System

ZENITH ELECTRONICS, INC.
5052047: Modulator-remodulator With Common Local Oscilator
5018197: Secure Video Decoder System
4995080: Television Signal Scrambling System And Method
4947429: Pay Per View Television Signaling Method
4944006: Secure Data Packet Transmission System And Method
4910767: Ani Auto Dialer With Carrier Current Interface
4885794: Method And Apparatus For Protection Of Channel Access In Broadband
4885776: Television Signal Encoder With Reduced Transient Switching Effects
4876718: Secure Data Packet Transmission System And Method
4837820: Hybrid CATV Scrambling System
4817144: Secure TV Scrambling System Using Framing Code Switching
4807023: Mapping Method For Impulse Pay Per View System
4802213: Sound Masking In Phase Reversal TV Scrambling System
4802212: Method And Device For Preventing Tape Piracy
4790011: Auto Clamp For Modulator For Suppressed Sync Signals
4790010: Enhanced Scrambling Method And System For TV Signals
4771458: Secure Data Packet Transmission System And Method
4768229: Restrictive Access Control System
4766497: If Circuit With Reduced Sound Attenuation For Cable Signals
4759061: Technique For Toggling Coding Mode In A Television Signal Encoder
4755872: Impulse Pay Per View System And Method
4748501: Cable Converter For Television Signals With Stereo Audio Signal
4742513: Adaptive Window Multiplexing Technique
4717970: Video System With Programmable Vcr
4712237: Method And Apparatus For Unscrambling Sync-suppressed Television
4706284: Television Signal Data Transmission System
4706283: Television Signal Scrambling System
4703354: Non-linear Sync Signal Processing Circuit
4691354: Vertical Interval Data Blanker
4688246: CATV Scrambling System With Compressed Digital Audio In Synchronizing
4677685: Method And Apparatus For Downloading A Code Defining The Channel
4667232: Synchronizing Pulse Restoration Circuit
4654705: Two Channel Audio Scrambling System
4636853: Dynamic Audio Scrambling System
4633316: Stable Low Cost 4.5 Mhz Remodulator
4630113: Baseband CATV Decoder With Stereo Bypass
4612571: Constant Z Bandswitched Input Filter
4611242: Two Mode Scrambling System Using Identifier Pulse In Vertical Blanking
4602284: Adapter For Rendering A Non-addressable CATV Converter Addressable
4600921: Full-field Teletext System With Dynamic Addressability
4598313: Television Signal Scrambling System
4586078: CATV Upstream Signal Transmission At Nonharmonic Video Frequencies
4581637: Pin Diode Modulator
4574163: Digital Radio Telephone
4571560: Switched Bandpass Filter
4558360: Decoder Lockout Defeat Circuit
4554581: STV Decoder With Improved Data Signal Recognition Capability
4554579: Two-way CATV System With AML Commands
4553161: Upstream Data Packet Time Slot Synchronization With Downstream Vbi For
4528663: Peak Load Access In A Two-way CATV Contention System
4527194: Channel Assignment For CATV System
4520507: Low Noise CATV Converter
4514761: Data Encryption Technique For Subscription Television System
4503462: Automatic Homing System For A Subscription Television Signal Decoder
4489347: Sine-wave Decoding Technique
4476488: Control Circuit For CATV Alert System
4467353: Television Signal Scrambling System And Method
4461032: CATV Service Controller
4460922: Memory Select System For An STV Decoder
4458268: Sync Displacement Scrambling
4408225: Subscription Television Decoder
4395734: Remote Muting For CATV/STV Converters
4388645: Teletext Communication System With Timed Multipage Local Memory
4375651: Selective Video Reception Control System
4370675: Doorbell Actuated Television Security System
4292650: STV Subscriber Address System
3780213: Air Code Burst Generator
3737785: Solid-state Signal Distribution System
3732355: Inhibitable Random Pulse Generator
3538242: Subscriber Communition System
3531583: Subscription Television Receiver
3531582: Subscription Television Receiver With Removable Code-bearing Element
3480726: Adjustable Switching Apparatus
3475547: Subscription Television Receiver With Program Use Recording
3466385: Correlation Testing Arrangement For A Subscription Television Receiver
3453380: Variable Delay Network

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Ed J. Gurney N8FPW Hewlett-Packard Company Vancouver (USA!) Division
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"Failures are divided into two classes-- those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought." John Charles Salak
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