Sky Viewing Cards Replacement 2008
Sky confirmed on 1st April 2009, via their information channel, Sky Channel 999, that they will be issuing new Sky viewing cards.
Sky will be issuing new replacement white viewing cards, replacing the current “blue” viewing cards.
Sky replace their viewing cards every five years or so, to ensure that their system is secure and to help stop illegal cardsharing or hacking.
All Sky subscribers will be receiving new replacement Sky viewing cards.
All cards will be eventually replaced, including the freesat (freesatfromsky) viewing cards
New Sky Viewing Cards
These new white sky viewing cards will be replacing the old yellow house Sky cards
All blue yellow house cards are due to be renewed, some for free, some automatically, and some you will have to purchase a new sky viewing card
The new viewing cards will be white on both sides, with one side having the new sky glass tube logo.
Using your replacement Sky Viewing Card
A few days before your new viewing card is delivered to your or your agents UK address, you will see the following message on your TV screen
Your Viewing Cards Will Soon Be Replaced, Look Out For The Sky Envelope
Click here to see how to use your new Sky Viewing Card.
How to get your replacement Sky viewing cards
(1) If you have your own Sky subscription at your own (or one that you control) UK address; the new viewing card will come to your UK address automatically. All you will need to do it so arrange for the new viewing card to be forwarded to you in Spain.
(2) If you have a Sky subscription through an agent, and you are effectively “using your agents UK address”, then your agent should arrange for the new viewing card to be sent to you.
Some agents may also use this as an opportunity to start asking your for an annual “maintenance fee” for the use of their address…if they have not done this already. You should not really have to pay for this new card as this is what your “maintenance fee” should cover.
(3) If you have a Sky subscription at a UK address which you do not control (you have moved from their and are no longer in contact with the new occupants) or via an agent who is no longer around or can’t contact, then you may / will not get your new replacement sky viewing card, as the new card will be sent to an address you don’t know or control.
Freesatfromsky / Free to view viewing cards
From August 2009 messages have been appearing on screens this weekend with a message along the lines of “Your viewing card is about to expire – you may lose channels after September 2009”
Unlike the new cards for Sky subscribers, Freesat replacement cards will not be sent out automatically, but via an onscreen message saying the card is due to expire and to contact Sky.
If you do nothing then you will loose access to any FTV channels:
ITV1 (in these regions only: Anglia W, Central SW, Mer N, Mer SE, TT S, Yorks E)
Irish Channel 4
Channel 4 HD
FIVE USA, FIVE USA +1, FIVER, FIVER +1
If you purchased a Sky FTV card after 1st May 2006 you are entitled to a free replacement card. Either call Sky or apply for a new card online before the end of September 2009. You can apply online at: http://www.sky.com/replacecard. Just enter your viewing card number and it will tell you if you are eligible for a replacement.
Please note that this may be different if you bought your card from an agent or installer in Spain who may charge for a replacement! Similarly there is no mention if the new cards you will get are preactivated or not….so you may also have to contact sky to get the cards activated.