Fake, Replica, Counterfeit Virgin Media, NTL Cable TV Boxes

About Illegal Virgin Media TV and File Sharing



Fighting Fake Virgin Media and NTL Cable TV Boxes
Virgin Media TV and NTL TV are subscription Cable TV services which offers multiple TV channels including dedicated movies, sports, news and documentary channels. Most adults in the UK will have experienced Virgin Media or NTL TV - Virgin or NTL Cable TV.

As a subscription service, Virgin Media and NTL Cable TV is an attractive target for counterfeiters.

Virgin Media, NTL and Telewest merged and became Virgin Media some time ago. Virgin Media faced counterfeiting with the dawn of the modern PC. A few people used PCs to auto decode the encryption (protection) used by Virgin Media TV. The necessary hardware and software was often purchased at local computer shows and some companies specialised in the trade of Pirate Virgin Media TV decoding systems and Counterfeit Sky TV Boxes - Decoding systems.

This started an "arms race" which continues today. Virgin Media TV regularly update the encryption on their Virgin Media TV boxes. PCs alone are no longer capable of "cracking" the protection because Virgin Media TV Box encryption requires specific hardware to be present and the encryption is occasionally modified.

A number of counterfeit appeared which were sold at computer shows, electronics fairs, radio ham shows, "dodgy" websites and online auction sites. The most popular fake Virgin TV receivers were often branded as Eurovox or just "the box". Each of these systems allow people to watch Free Sky TV - Virgin Media TV without paying.

ZGemma TV Box - Fake Virgin Media, NTL Cable TV Box
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"Dodgy" Virgin TV boxes use a Virgin TV CCcam hack where the box is connected to an existing cable TV port and to a live internet connection. The encrypted Virgin TV signal is then decoded (unscrambled) via the internet connection by the CCam server. These boxes are often sold online (eg; eBay) and the decoding (CCcam service is often marketed as a monthly gift or VM Gift).

Obviously; the use of these boxes to watch subscription TV is illegal and those supplying this service are criminals. The boxes are also commonly prone to freezing (the picture freezes and or breaks up).


There are numerous UK hotspots for Virgin Media TV piracy. The supply of fake Virgin Media TV boxes costs Virgin Media TV millions of pounds every year. In some areas, people using fake Virgin Media TV boxes outnumber those using legitimate Virgin Media 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 not unknown for people convicted of crimes to then be pursued by Virgin Media for millions of pounds in compensation.

Fighting Fake Virgin Media and NTL Cable TV Boxes
Virgin Media TV and NTL TV are subscription Cable TV services which offers multiple TV channels including dedicated movies, sports, news and documentary channels. Most adults in the UK will have experienced Virgin Media or NTL TV - Virgin or NTL Cable TV.


The supply of fake Virgin Media TV boxes has led to the supply of fakes of the fakes.

Yes; there are counterfeit, counterfeit Virgin Media TV boxes.

Additionally; many of these fake Virgin Media TV boxes cannot accept the latest updates which are required to allow the box to unscramble the TV signal when Virgin update their protection (Virgin Media TV encryption). Please note; we will NOT be working to fight these fakes.

It is quite common for a fake Virgin Media TV box to work for a month - possibly two and then fail. The issue for the customer is that reporting the crime to the police or Trading Standards would be problematic because he or she has committed criminal offences.

Additionally; since the suppliers of both the fake 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 have experienced blackmail, threats, credit card fraud, identity theft etc; reporting the crime can be an issue.

The solution is; report the fake to UK Anti Piracy.




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