The UKs major subscription TV services (Virgin Media TV, BT TV,
Sky TV and Netflix) are all under attack by criminal gangs.
Sky TV were made aware of this issue some years ago.
The success of Sky TV in tackling the problem can be
gauged by the sharp rise in people choosing to subscribe
to criminal TV networks. indeed; in 2016 many of us will
know numerous people with "dodgy Sky Boxes". it could be
argued that Sky have almost lost the war against piracy.
The supply of illegal TV services has a direct knock-on
effect for honest customers in that prices are higher than
they need to be (honest customers are subsidising the
illegal TV services).
From a personal perspective; I pay for subscription TV
and I take offence at people scamming the system - I am
offended by the fact that I am subsidising criminals
whilst the company which most effected (Sky TV) is apparently unconcerned.
Subscription TV channels (such as BT TV, Virgin Media
TV, Sky TV and Netflix) have overheads and often create
their own content. My subscriptions pay toward that
content and their overheads. I pay my way and I resent
having to subsidize those who seek to save a few pounds
at the cost of others and who are financing
CCcam systems are also known as
card sharing services. These are illegal and the
criminals who provide them often advertise them with descriptive
codes such as
monthly gifts or warranties. The CCcam (card sharing
systems) work with specific types of satellite receiver. These boxes are
specially designed to accept subscription TV
de-encrypting systems which are regularly updated to
keep pace with Sky, Virgin, BT and Netflix protection systems.
Following each update, the Sky, BT and Virgin TV
channels are often "moved". This means that the owner of
a pirate box will need to update the software and reprogram it with a new
channel list. These channel lists etc are often advertised on eBay and
Facebook (we regularly remove these advertisements on
behalf of Virgin Media, BT and Sky) because their only
use is to evade the latest protection.
The pirate boxes
("dodgy TV boxes") are equipped with a network socket (LAN socket -
Ethernet socket) and - or a wireless network facility.
They require the networking facility and a live internet
connection because they connect via the internet to a CCcam server. This server shares a Sky, BT or Virgin TV
subscription card and often a Netflix account amongst numerous subscribers.
Basically; the system decodes (unscrambles) the
encrypted channels. This allows the Pirate box owner to
view virtually everything at a fraction of the cost of
legitimate services. It is also a major reason why
pirate TV boxes often freeze or the scrambling
intermittently fails (because the viewer is accessing a
The newer boxes are now also
shipping with facilities which allow illegal access to
online PPV (Pay Per View) and the new online
Subscription TV services such as Netflix.
Naturally; both the supplier and
viewer are committing a criminal offense.
However; this particular crime continues to grow at an alarming
rate because some subscription TV suppliers (eg; sky)
have failed to take necessary action.
It is for this reason that we
decided to "go public" - something needed to be done.
Today, it could be argued that Sky have lost the
battle for viewers, and that Sky are provably; at fault.
indeed, it could also be argued that Sky have failed in
their duty of care to their customers, their broadcast
partners and subscription TV companies.
pirates now offer Sky TV, BT TV and most subscription
services in packages at prices which legitimate TV
services cannot match.
These services are often
supplied via USB based devices which plug into TVs,
Laptops etc, or via apps which are simply downloaded
Sky have almost lost the war. Many
would say that rather than tackle the issue of lost
revenue because of piracy; Sky simply increase the cost
of services to honest customers.
Please note; we work closely
with Google, eBay, Facebook and others. We report pirates -
they take them down.
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