Jun 302020
 

Earlier this month, some Virgin Media users have been sent a letter to tell them that their current Virgin Media box they are using to access Virgin Media (and therefore Sky UK) pay channels will soon no longer be able to be used for pay tv channels.

They will be issued with a free upgrade to a new Vigin Media box. ( see community.virginmedia.com/t5/Virgin-TV-V6/Free-swap-to-V6/td-p/4277655 )

Why is this news and how could it impact your viewing on IPTV?

Well, these old Virgin Media boxes are unsecured, and have been able to be hacked by cardsharing, meaning people have been able to get free or reduced cost UK TV via Virgin Media.

It is understood that this move to newer Virgin Media boxes will stop this cardsharing and stop people from getting “free tv”.

And this could be a problem for many IPTV / Internet TV suppliers, who use these cardsharing services on Virgin Media to feed their streams. They may now find that their feeds are no longer available.

According to the letters, “from 1st July” was a date mentioned for the old boxes to be swapped to new boxes. And according to reports some IPTV providers have already pulled the plug on using these Virgin feeds, or have stopped their IPTV service altogether.

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  One Response to “Is Virgin Media “cardsharing” about to end, and will it impact your IPTV?”

  1. And today, it appears the great Virgin Media old box switch off has started, with people reporting on forums their old boxes are no longer working. So expect VM cardshare services to end soon, and IPTV providers who use such systems abd feeds to lose channels.

    And to confirm this, this question was posted on a VM Forum today, and answered by VM :
    Q) My gran has a old virgin tv box and out of no where all her channels have disappeared, she is paying her monthly bills ect, iv tried following the instructions on line but they are for the newer boxes

    A) All of the oldest V boxes were decommissioned on the 1st July.
    This hasn’t been out of nowhere, for the last couple of years Virgin Media have been contacting customers with these boxes at different times to offer a swap to their a TiVo or V6 box.
    There have also been many on screen messages advising the boxes will stop working.
    You will now need to contact Virgin Media to get a new box arranged for delivery or installation.

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