said by scorpido:
Is it illegal to subscribe to and pay for Direct TV or Dishnetwork in Canada.
Yes, it is illegal.
The Radiocommunication Act Section 9(1)(c): "No person shallâ¦decode an encrypted subscription programming signal or encrypted network feed otherwise than under and in accordance with an authorization from the lawful distributor of the signal or feed"
The Supreme Court determined (in 2002, this isn't recent) that US Satellite TV providers are not "lawful distributors" in Canada under the act, therefore there is no one who can actually authorize you to decode a US sourced satellite signal in Canada.