CARDSHARING – REVOLUTION IN THE SATELLITE TELEVISION WORLD

Cardsharing, also known as control word sharing technology, is a widely used method of sharing channel subscription. Cardsharing allows multiple users to simultaneously access the pay television networks using a single authorized subscription card. The device with the card is the satellite Cardsharing server or host and the other users who can also access the card through an internet or local network are the Cardsharing clients.

The primary reason for users not being able to access to the paid TV channels is because they are encrypted (locked) by the service providers. The standard satellite receivers are not designed to decrypt (unlock) such paid channels or support Cardsharing. The Linux based satellite receivers such as Dreambox not only have the capacity to decrypt the paid channel but also are designed to support Cardsharing.

This technology works with the help of Linux based satellite receivers which can provide digital satellite viewing through an internet connection. Some of the popular satellite receivers are Dreambox, Azbox, Technomate etc. These receivers have an Ethernet connection which connect multiple users and also have the ability to use special software to send and receive codes. The satellite receiver needs sharing protocol software, which helps in decoding the encrypted service providing conditional access. Some of the widely used software are Mgcamd, CCcam, Newcs, Newcamd, CCcam being the most popular one.

For the Cardsharing to work properly it is important for the network devices of the multiple users to have proper configuration. The multiple devices must have a common IP address for ascertaining the exact location of the devices and for proper communication between them. Thus, the Cardsharing server or host can know the exact location of the Cardsharing clients by its direct IP number.

The first step is to insert the authorized subscription card in the Cardsharing host or server which is connected to the internet. The next step is to download and install the CCcam software and run it in the host to configure it establish connection with the Cardsharing clients or receivers. The main function of the host is to transfer the decrypted channel codes to the Cardsharing receivers. Every 2-5 seconds the paid channel picture is encrypted by the satellite service provider which requires being decrypted. The CCcam software directs the communication between the provider and the Cardsharing host for decryption of codes. The Cardsharing receivers simultaneously communicate with the host for password which is delivered by the host to the receiver. The whole process of decrypting and sharing happens in fraction of seconds making the viewing pleasure uninterrupted.

Cardsharing technology is the most convenient way of saving money for subscription of paid TV channels. It divides the cost of subscription among the multiple users who are basically paying for sharing the subscription. However, the wrong side to this technology is that it has become widely used way of plagiarize decryption of paid channels which is not in favor of the service providers. The illegal users attach multiple legitimate cards to their server and charge a small subscription fee from the receivers. Hence, making Cardsharing an illegal affair.

 

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