Sky starting to replace older Digiboxes boxes
As mentioned in a previous blog post ( HERE ) Sky mentioned in their Annual Report that they intent to move all their customers from SD and older HD digiboxes to newer digiboxes.
One reason for this is because the older digiboxes are no longer supports, and receive no firmware updates.
And these older digiboxes are used for cardsharing systems. Cardsharing is where you can “unlock” Sky Pay channels using a receiver connected to the internet and a cardshare server. Needless to say people using such systems said it was “scaremongering” and would not happen.
That said, Sky customers using older Sky Digiboxes have started to receive letters that state :
The current box you are using will no longer be able to receive Sky services from 31/12/16
And offering these customers a free upgrade to a newer Sky+HD digibox.
Here is the letter…
So it looks as if Sky do intent to move their customers from old boxes onto newer boxes, like they said.
And that Sky viewing cards that are used on these digiboxes for card sharing networks, may soon find the Sky channels are no longer available on such services, as the newer boxes have more security and encryption to try and prevent card sharing.
But I bet that does still not stop installers in Spain offering such service to clients, in full knowledge that what they are offering to their clients may not last for much longer.