Cubans Ignore Static on Illegal TV

Even committed commies crave US satellite shows despite Castro ban
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2007 7:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Cubans are turning to black-market satellite TV to watch soap operas, US news and music videos, and even the Chicago White Sox—in defiance of a national ban on the programs, the Christian Science Monitor reports. "If there is censorship, there is business," said one  provider who faces up to 5 years in prison if caught.

Loyal citizens only get four state-run channels, but 38% of households are watching shows from a secret network of suppliers of systems like DirecTV for about $7.50 a month. Even party faithful skirt the law: One fan says her neighbor, head of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, tunes in. "All our neighbors know, but no one talks about it," she says. (Read more Fidel Castro stories.)

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