Makes of popular satellite receivers being used in Spain are the Vu, Vu Duo+, Openbox, Skybox, GI and Iberosat.
Why are they popular? Well because they are used to card share, offer cheap access to pay TV channels from the likes of Sky UK.
Obviously these systems are highly illegally a fact which many “installers” of these system in Spain fail to tell their clients when installing them.
However a recent development means that users of these satellite receivers may soon lose all their Sky pay channels!! Again, something which installers in Spain are not mentioning to their clients.
At the moment there are NO Sky HD channels available on these types of systems. This is due to the encryption Sky uses on its Sky HD digiboxes.
The only reason why these cardsharing boxes are getting channels is that the providers are using viewing card allocated to non HD digiboxes.
However, as outlined in the company’s latest annual report, Sky have announced that it is planning to reduce and eliminate the number of standard definition only set top boxes in operations.
According to one source “There is a shift to remove SD boxes over the next 12 month from July 2016”.
The move will mean Sky TV customers using older Standard Definition digiboxes will be moved to the newer HD digiboxes. By doing this Sky will make their Pay channels more secure.
And in doing so is anticipated to remove their channels from such cardsharing systems.
Just like Sky Italia have done in Italy.
So if a satellite “installer” in Spain offers you Sky Pay TV channels via satellite at a much cheaper rate than an official Sky satellite subscription, then you can be assured that is is a cardsharing system using a Vu or Openbox. And that the Pay TV channels that you are receiving via these system, look set for a very short future if Skys new “purge” is to be as successful and secure as their counterparts in Italy.
But then we head all this before a few years ago, the loss of all Sky pay channels on cardshare systems. Nothing happened. And then the HD channels started to be removed from cardshare systems.
So if and when something does happen, perhaps we can expect that Sky Sports and Sky Movie clients, the Premium customers, are the first to be moved from SD digiboxes to HD digiboxes.