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    Freesat card

    This is a discussion on Freesat card within the Freesat forums, part of the Sky & Sky+ TV category; A neighbour is considering signing up to Sky Freesat. He's concerned at the cost of a replacement card - £25. ...

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      Freesat card

      A neighbour is considering signing up to Sky Freesat. He's concerned at the cost of a replacement card - £25.

      According the T&C's -

      How long is the Card valid for?
      (a) For security reasons Viewing Cards may be inactivated from time to time. In this situation, if you wish to continue to receive all the encrypted Free to View channels, you will have to purchase a new viewing card at our then applicable standard charge.
      How frequently do Sky replace cards? He's not prepared to cough up £25 a year or face the possibility of a card costing £50 in a couple of years.


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      Re: Freesat card

      The last card replacement was about three and a half years ago when blue viewing cards (VCs) were replaced with white ones. Nothing has been said about when the next replacement will occur though there is talk that there will be changes in the near future that will prevent old Thompson Sky boxes from working. Whether this will coincide with a VC change is not known. For Sky the replacement of all VCs is an expensive undertaking and is only done when there is intelligence suggesting that their security may have been (or is about to be) compromised rather than as a routine event. The last price rise for a Freesat from Sky VC was from twenty to twenty five pounds.

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      Re: Freesat card

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      That could mean my neighbour having to pay £25 next year to replace his car. I don't understand why encrypted cards are necessary for Sky Freesat.

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      Re: Freesat card

      Free to air channels are not encrypted. Free to view channels are encrypted as the rights to broadcast certain programmes on these channels restricts reception to an audience within a specific geographical area. The encryption prevents people outside this area from viewing them. An example is RTÉ which is not a subscription channel but can only be viewed using a viewing card registered to an address in Ireland.

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      Re: Freesat card

      Quote Originally Posted by Keelhaul View Post
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      That could mean my neighbour having to pay £25 next year to replace his car. I don't understand why encrypted cards are necessary for Sky Freesat.
      They will typically (or they did at the last changeover) replace cards bought in the last 3 years for free. Everyone else had to buy one.

      If they do the same next time [don't NDS recommend a 3 to 5 (maximum) year window on each card changeover?] Then your neighbour should still be okay.

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