BT TV is a subscription TV service which offers multiple TV
channels including BT Sports and which has paid millions of
pounds for the rights to show live Premier League Football,
Champions League Football matches etc and series such as
Breaking Bad, Fear the Walking Dead etc.
BT TV is a
relatively new UK TV service, but at the time of writing
(August 2015), BT TV is under attack from pirates who supply
illegal access to BT TV channels.
As a subscription service, BT TV
is an attractive target for counterfeiters. Thankfully; BT
clearly takes the situation seriously and is committed to
working with its partners to fight "dodgy BT TV boxes",
illegal BT TV subscription services and piracy in general.
Modern TV counterfeiting began many years ago with the dawn of the
modern PC. A few people used to use PCs to auto decode the
encryption (protection) used by subscription TV companies. The necessary
hardware and software was often purchased at local computer
shows and some companies specialised in the trade of
decoding systems and
Counterfeit Virgin Media TV Boxes
- Decoding systems.
An "arms race" ensued which
continues today. The subscription TV companies now regularly update the encryption of
their channels. PCs alone are no longer capable of
"cracking" the protection because BT TV Box encryption
requires specific hardware to be present and the encryption
is occasionally modified.
This has led to the release
of dedicated Satellite Boxes, most of which are based on the
Linux operating system. Some fake BT Boxes require special CAM cards
and an internet connection. The system would
typically connect to the internet so that the
"dodgy box" can receive decoding data from a pirate
CCcam - file sharing server
The CCcam services
were often advertised via spam mail. We tackled this issue
report spam mail
More recently; the BT
TV pirates are using Facebook accounts.
The pirates also advertise on eBay. These adverts
typically offer CCcam services (either with or without a
"BT box"). UK Anti Piracy has removed numerous
such sellers from eBay. Eg; at the time of writing - if you
search eBay for CCcam, there are no results. This is because
we have worked with eBay to remove all such listings.
UK Anti Piracy has also taken
action against the BT TV pirates who advertise on Facebook.
Please click above
for sample reports
Working with eBay against illegal BT
Working with Facebook against illegal
since the suppliers of both the fake BT TV boxes and the
file sharing services are criminals, it is not wise to
provide them with contact details, credit card details, bank details
etc. Again; when people deal with counterfeiters and
subsequently experience blackmail, threats,
credit card fraud, identity theft etc.
Reporting the crime
can also be difficult.
The solution is simple;
Report Fake BT TV Boxes
UK Anti Piracy.
Please note; we now also provide
Report Illegal BT TV in UK Pubs
Report Bootleg BT TV in Clubs