Most broadcasters including the free to air broadcasters, ABC, SBS and the satellite commercials, allow access to their service by issuing smart cards.
These smart cards control access to services on a service by service basis and is generally independent of the receiver that it is used with. Some of the newer services including the new VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television) increase their security by tying cards to receivers so cards cannot be moved between boxes.
To counter piracy activities of broadcasters now protect their signals. For those who have migrated from Pirate cards it is now payback time and we all have too endure the fall out.
- Conditional Access cards are with us to stay so let's get used to it.
- Free to air commercial broadcasters have their patch to protect- for many reasons including copyright and licence provisions. These guys now rigorously enforce their application for access.
- Videosat now has a subscription Customer Care plan to support you and to look after the nuts and bolts of these issues.
- Broadcasters cycle codes regularly, mostly monthly, but some more often.
- If your equipment is off when codes are changed your will get a scrambled message when you first turn back on. This message will stay until your receiver decodes the relevant signal.
Many operators and broadcasters include channels that are open access; that is, you do not need a card to view them. This includes the Optus Tuning Channel; NITV channel (ch31), Arrow FM, and the shopping channel on PAY-TV.
Use non encrypted channels eg. OPTUS C1 tuning channel or on SelecTV Intelsat 8 Channel I, to make sure you are lined up on the satellite and have a picture.
All services do not come up at the same time. Optus now takes 8 hours to cycle so if you are wanting that special program, make sure your have been locked on to satellite and receiving programming prior to the big event.If you re an infrequent viewer of your satellite, turn it on the day before you need to view.
All Videosat equipment uses proper Optus cards with full after sales service. Videosat has always used authorised Optus cards and arranged authorisation prior to delivery. Each card is clearly serial numbered.
Videosat offers new Optus cards to users who have been bitten by piracy. An Authorisation service is also available.- see Customer Care
Optus Smart Card Information
Activation of Optus Aurora Smartcards needs viewers (or Videosat) to complete the Aurora Smartcard Activation Request Form and e-mail to email@example.com or fax to 1300 555 221.
If e-mail or fax facilities are unavailable to you, you can activate your smartcard by phoning us on 1300 301 680.
About VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television)
The New VAST service uses cards matched to boxes. As this service is operated by a new consortium, different access arrangements are in place for activation.
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