Sky TV is a subscription TV service which offers multiple TV
channels including dedicated movies, sports, news and
documentary channels. Most adults in the UK will have
experienced Sky TV.
As a subscription service, Sky TV
is an attractive target for counterfeiters. The situation is
not helped by Sky TVs apparent apathy to counterfeiting. We
are now have been asking that Sky take a much more aggressive
approach for sky are losing the war against counterfeiting.
We ask for as many reports as possible from the public, for it
is our opinion that Sky does not appreciate the scale of the
problem. Additionally; as a subscriber - I personally resent
having to subsidise "criminals" (watching
subscription TV without a legitimate license is a criminal
offence) whilst the company which is being
defrauded repeatedly fails to act.
For this reason,
UK Anti Piracy has now changed our TV,
phones and broadband services from Sky
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 Sky TV. The necessary
hardware and software was often purchased at local computer
shows and some companies specialised in the trade of Pirate
Sky TV decoding systems and
Counterfeit Virgin Media TV Boxes
- Decoding systems.
An "arms race" ensued which
continues today. Sky TV regularly update the encryption on
their Sky TV boxes. PCs alone are no longer capable of
"cracking" the protection because Sky 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 Sky Boxes are based on a German pay
per view system and used special CAM cards in conjunction
with genuine Sky TV viewing cards. The system would
typically need to be connected to the internet so that the
fake Sky TV box could 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 Sky
TV pirates are selling via Facebook accounts, Gumtree,
Amazon, Google, eBay and others. These listings
typically offer CCcam services (either with or without a
"Sky box") which is sold under code names such as a "gift", "guarantee"
or "warranty". UK Anti Piracy has reported many pirates to
Sky and (working with eBay, Facebook etc) has removed numerous
such sellers from eBay, Facebook and others.
UK Anti Piracy
recently supplied eBay with extensive information and proof
regarding this issue. Working with eBay, UK Anti Piracy has
recently removed over 100 sellers of "dodgy boxes" and
illegal CCcam services from eBay. One such seller
(who was certainly not the most prolific) admits to having
supplied over 2000 CCcam accounts over an 8mth period. Given
that each such account typically allows access to all SKY
and BT TV channels (including box office events), the value
of each account to Sky would be over £1200 per year. The
seller admits to supplying 2000 accounts. It could be argued
that SKY were
effectively defrauded of approx £2,400,000 by this seller alone.
However, since users also had free access to BT Sports,
MUTV, Chelsea TV and pay per view events, the suppliers of
these services were also defrauded alongside subscription TV
such as Virgin Media and Netflix because people use CCcam
rather than legitimate subscriptions.
It should also
be noted that when a seller supplies a "dodgy Sky Box" or
CCcam service, he then has a relationship with the buyer and
so can continue to supply without needing to use eBay etc.
In June 2016, Sky increased the cost of it subscription.
Since we are now at a point where virtually everyone in the
UK will know someone with a "dodgy Sky service", it could be
argued that Sky are raising prices to make up for loss of
revenue due to piracy.
UK Anti piracy can prove that
Sky fails to act against pirates. we reserve the right to
act in the interests of genuine Sky customers.
Note; we now provide a
Whitelist of legal Sky Services suppliers
Blacklist of dodgy Sky Services suppliers
Please click above
for sample reports
Working with eBay against illegal Sky
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Working with Facebook against illegal Sky TV
ky TV Piracy "dodgy box options" are
available from many manufacturers and these boxes also allow
illegal access to "dodgy
". These "fake Sky Boxes" need
to be purchased and the CAM cards and CCcam service needs to paid for. Since
regular updates are applied to the Sky TV encryption, the
fake Skyboxes become obsolete and need to be replaced.
However, the boxes are often sourced online.
This has led to a new market because the fake Sky TV boxes
("dodgy Sky TV boxes") and the
CAM cards are now being counterfeited (yes, there really are
fake "dodgy Sky boxes".
We have no
wish to help counterfeiters, but purely in the interest of
being "even handed"; fake "dodgy Sky boxes" are
usually made in China (but are usually falsely labeled as being
made elsewhere) and are commonly of inferior quality to the
original "dodgy Sky boxes".
Additionally; many of these
fake "dodgy Sky TV boxes" cannot accept the latest
updates which are required after SKY, Virgin Media and BT
apply new security updates. They therefore have a very short
It is quite common for a fake "dodgy Sky TV box" to work for a
month - possibly two and then fail. The issue for the
customer is that when reporting to the seller; they are
dealing with a crook and reporting to the police or
Trading Standards could be problematic because for them to
subscription TV without paying for it is a criminal offence.
There are numerous UK hotspots for Sky TV piracy
(noticeably Cardiff, Swansea and Liverpool). Sky TV Piracy
costs Sky TV millions of pounds every year, and in some
areas, people using fake Sky TV boxes outnumber those using
legitimate Sky TV boxes. Under the UK Copyright Act, people
convicted of supplying equipment capable of receiving free
Sky TV could face a 10 year prison sentence and an unlimited
fine. It is also not unknown for people convicted of crimes
to then be pursued by the broadcasters for the millions of
pounds which is owed in compensation (as shown above).
since the suppliers of both the fake Sky, BT and Virgin
Media TV boxes and the
file sharing services are criminals, it is not wise to
provide them with personal contact details, credit card details, bank details
etc. Again; when people deal with counterfeiters they may
experience blackmail, threats,
credit card fraud, identity theft etc.
Reporting the crime
can also be difficult.
The solution is simple;
Report Fake Sky TV Boxes
UK Anti Piracy.
Please note; we now also provide
Report Illegal Sky TV in UK Pubs
Report Bootleg Sky TV in Clubs