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It is illegal to hook up satellite TV without paying for it unless you have done so through the satellite company as some sort of special promotion. This is theft and can be prosecuted as a criminal offense. Whether or not it is common for offenders to face charges depends on your local area. However, it is never a good idea to take a chance with this, it is theft and there is a possibility that you can be prosecuted for hooking up the service illegally.
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