Re: It's official 'virgin Media' have won the war againts piracy.......but for how lo
Originally Posted by funcard_4
well boys & girls,
Virgin media have finally won the war againts piracy on the usage of illegal set top boxes. By easter next year VM would have rolled out their new encyption system 'nagra 3' which in effect will make all those illegal stb out their useless. In Leeds nagra 3 has already been rolled out which was technically a test area for vermin to test out their latest encryption. Well the good news is that this will stop the pirates of obtaining channels without subscription but the bad news is that who will pick up the tab for 'vermin' new encryption system... yes the thats right the paying customers. Ok once the new encryption system lands what other options do the pirates have in receiving free tv.......the answer is 'cardshare' not with cable but with sky, i will say no more.
Roll Out of Nagra3 by VM
The long awaited roll out of Nagra 3 by V88g8n Media to encrypt their cable services has begun, with Leeds being the first area of the UK to be upgraded to the new system.
According to unconfirmed reports, it will be rolled out across the South of England over January, the Midlands by February, and the North West of England by March. By Easter, all of V88g8n Media’s cable services should be running with Nagra 3 encryption.
This will make it virtually impossible for anyone to view premium cable channels broadcast by V88g8n Media except by legitimate paid subscribers, resulting in a serious blow to existing cable pirates.
The news has long been expected, after Nagra 3 was rolled out in the Republic of Ireland earlier this year, and hardware upgrades to allow for it to be rolled out in the UK have been sent out through 2009.
While cable pirates will no doubt be disappointed that their favourite premium cable channels will no longer be available for free, V88g8n are offering two months free upgrade on their TV services to new and existing customers.
If cable services are no longer wanted, then Sky has been providing special offers on Sky + and Sky HD for the Christmas season to bring in subscribers to premium channels.
Of course, there are also options to use Freeview, Freesat, or even use satellite equipment to explore the range of Free To Air (FTA) channels, which do not require subscription services.
In the meantime, when approached by Techwatch for comment, a V88g8n Media spokesperson replied “We do not comment on security issues.”
Can you explain Funcard?
I was of the opinion that my sky card can only be used to receive channels on my sky box, ie specific to my box ?