Jan 082016

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…..


  12 Responses to “Cardsharing : Sky Italia down, Sky Germany and Sky UK next…?”

    Well it looks like italian isp provider will be even more bissey .with people wanting to watch uk packages ? Through iptv/ android devices . Looks like dish systems will be finnished in a couple of years.if what you say is correct.

    January 8, 2016
    talian broadband accesses surpassed 14.7 million homes in September, representing a growth of 530,000 units on the same period in 2014, according to the quarterly report of the Communications Authority (AgCom).

    ADSL lines dropped by 170,000 units y/y, to around 12.9 million, while broadband accesses that use other technologies grew by 690,000 units y/y to around 1.8 million.

    • Looks like dish systems will be finnished in a couple of years.if what you say is correct

      Dish systems no – card sharing maybe.

      • Sky Q Box
        Well what is going to be available to view on dishes in the future ? These new boxes require no cards. And are based on internet connection with dish our without dish.this my be the last sky card change Sky need to do?.and with fibre optic
        Getting more avalable every the future every uk house holds will have internet connection just like electricity ?

        The current rollout of superfast broadband is on track to deliver coverage to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017
        All new build property’s are Equipped for internet connection.
        We will have to wait and see how it pans out .

        • SkyQ offers live TV via satellite, and catchup via internet.
          But SkyQ Mini box connects to your main SkyQ box and streams from that.
          Not too sure if the new boxes need cards or not, true it may rely on your internet connection, but it does look as if the SkyQ box has a viewing card slot…
          Given SkyHD is now 10 years old, and not every one yet has a SkyHD box, and that SkyQ is a premium service, I cannot see everyone moving to it in the next 5 years… they do card changes every 5 years.
          Perhaps something will happen at the end of these satellites lifespan, but then UHDTV maybe coming into play more, and satellite has more capacity to delivery more UHD services, than most internet services.

  2. It will be intersting to see what happens with the new SKY Q BOX ?.possibly like the NOWTV box ?

  3. An interesting post on this thread “” where poster Gerald says “As an employee I can assure you that all Sky SD channels will soon be lost to Card Sharing Providers. People currently using these systems to obtain Paid subscription services for free have about 9-14 months remaining. For all you CCcam Server owners out there, your card is about to expire.”

  4. so they are going to upgrade 200,000 customers and charge them more for HD and give them new HD compatabile tvs?

    • Well for starters, they have (or will be) dropping the “extra” HD charge for Sky Movies…
      Next they only have to give people a new HD box…. they dont need to give HD compatible HD TVs to all those people…as you can watch HD channels on an SD TV no problem – although obviously, they will not be in HD….
      And they upgraded for free all Thomson Sky HD customers to newer sky HD boxes…so it has been done before. 200,000 out of 10m+ subscribers is not that large a number

  5. the movie channels are rubbish anyway everyone uses kodi for movies which most new sat boxes have built in.the sale of mag boxes will go through the roof very soon I predict and the subs will drop instantly due to competition from other servers.

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  7. explains why sky are now giving away a free 32 ” free hd tv with every package deal they sell the hd bt sports channels are just finishing here in uk so hopefully we get a decent run out of sd channels before they eventually go

  8. End of cc cam sky has an ounce in May 2017 A new update that will ride the cc cam service with a virus soon virgin media will do the same cc cam first started in 1998 could this be the end of the Card sharing

  9. just like my own box for sat tv

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