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Swedish firm takes on tv smart-card pirates
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-05-31
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Source: Mi2N - May 28, 2002

Sweden's Modern Times Group (MTG AB) says its Viasat pay-TV broadcasting division has initiated a major technical programme to eliminate illegal pirate smart cards used to access its pay-TV channels in Scandinavia.

"The indications, following today's implementation of the technical change to the encryption of the Viasat smart cards, are that a very high proportion of the illegal cards have been successfully blocked," said the company, which also has plans to convert viewers who sinned.

"These viewers have been misled by pirates into buying cards, which will be worthless following the actions taken by Viasat," it says. "Consumers buying 12-month subscriptions to Viasat's premium pay-TV service, the Viasat Gold package, before the end of Wednesday of this week will receive free access to the 'pay-per-view' event of the year - the World Heavyweight championship clash between Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis."

Viasat says it's also thinking about launching the ultimate anti-piracy measure - "the replacement of the entire existing pay-TV digital smart card stock. This latter measure would have the effect of rendering all existing pirate cards useless."

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