DirecTV Sues N.H. Pirates

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DirecTV Inc. is suing five New Hampshire residents who allegedly bought
decoders that allowed them to steal its programming, Nashua-based newspaper
The Telegraph reported Wednesday.

The civil lawsuits, filed this month in U.S. District Court in Concord,
claimed that five residents went online and bought "unloopers," which are used
to reprogram the access cards subscribers get when DirecTV is installed in their

The company got the consumers' names during a raid of a Southern California
company two years ago, when it seized thousands of business records identifying
customers, DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer told The Telegraph.

The direct-broadcast satellite provider is seeking $10,000 per