Reports this past few week suggest that Sky Italia is currently down on satellite cardsharing systems.
Cardsharing is a system where you can link one viewing card to a network of receivers, usually paying customers via the internet, to enable the viewing of pay tv channel without an official viewing card.
As cardsharing, the sale or and use of, is illegal, pay TV channels are always trying to improve their security to try and prevent this.
The reports from Italy are that Sky Italia have changed their encryption algorithm. This change has meant the loss of Sky Italia channel on cardsharing systems.
Sometimes, the “hackers” find a work around and the channels reappear. But so far no luck.
One networks says “Some news say there has been a change in algorithm by sky. If so we have to wait until a new fix comes around which usually doesnt take long.” – which was in mid December 2015, when this new wave of security started.
If the Sky Italia anti CS system are deemed to be successfull, then it should be safe to assume that those measures will be rolled out to Sky Germany and Sky UK.
The problem with Sky UK is that the new security measures are designed for the Sky HD digiboxes. So currently the Sky UK cardsharers simply use a card designed for Sky SD channels and receivers. Which is why there are no Sky HD channels available on cardsharing systems.
The only way for Sky UK to improve their security, and remove the threat of cardsharing of their channels, is to get every one of their customers away from using the older SD digiboxes, and onto the new HD digiboxes.
That is a lot of customers, and a lot of digiboxes required. However, current estimates say that there are only 200,000 customers using SD digiboxes in the UK.
I am not saying it cannot be done, but it is a lot of cost and work for Sky and their installers and agents.
But then Sky UK users are scheduled for a card swap soon. In fact Sky UK have been issuing “Red” sky card for the last year or so.
So perhaps in 2016 / 2017 we will see Sky UK step up their security, move everyone of their customers onto a HD digibox, and see the Sky channels not longer being made available on cardsharing systems.
So if you are receiving your Sky pay channels via satellite without a valid Sky viewing card in a Sky digibox, and instead using another satellite receiver (like an Iberosat, GI, VU+, which are popular receivers for cardsharing in Spain) connected to the internet, perhaps be prepared for a potential loss of your Sky pay channels in the next year or so…..