Nov 212016

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.

Want proof?

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.


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  9 Responses to “Sky starting to replace older Digiboxes boxes”

  1. Well about time . so it will hopefully get rid of all the big dishes being sold

    • Not too sure how ending cardsharing will remove the requirement for “big dishes”… as most of the channels that need “big dishes” are free and are nothing to do with cardsharing!

  2. They sent these letter out 2013

    Owners of the Thompson Sky+HD box can receive a free upgrade to a new Sky+HD box under sky’s Better Box Scheme so that they can benefit from sky’s newest service such as: increased storage space, Sky 3D, On demand & Catchup, Sky Store and Undelete. Sky also state that “you may not be able to view HD channels through your Sky box” if you don’t upgrade. And that this offer is for for “selected Thomson Sky+HD customers in receipt of an offer email/letter from Sky”.

    • Yes. Thompson Sky+HD boxes were poor, and failed a lot. And was probably one of the reasons why Sky started to brand / produce their own boxes, and buying Amstrad Set Top box division. As the Thompson boxes were poor and failing left right and centre, Sky stopped supporting them and offered all customers with these boxes new boxes. But now it appears as if they are now starting to get all their customers that are still on SD boxes moved to HD boxes…more secure, especially when Premium channels are hard paired to the cards and boxes, and so can help to eliminate cardsharing of those premium channels.

  3. Yes i agree you are quite right
    Then next it will all be going to Q boxes.
    then no dishes and cards required
    All over internet.see link

  4. I would think we will be seening less satellite dishes in the future.

    • “in the future” yes… how long into the future who knows.
      With HD and UHD coming more popular, satellite is still the preferred and most cost effective way to reach millions of people.
      OF course IPTV direct from the broadcasters would be ideal, rather than it is currently via third parties…

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