Ordinarily, this post should not be a subject for debate. However, lemmy morgan’s followers consist of both the geeks and the newbies. Consequently, I have taken it upon myself to explain this for the benefits of my inexperience readers(I mean those who have little experience on sat). This topic will centre on limiting satellite providers decoders. Why do satellite service providers limit the functionalities of their decoders?
Especially relevant: Basic free to air channels and their frequencies 2017
Taking us down memory lane, one may wonder when satellite service providers actually started super-encryption / protection of their decoders. Around 2010/2012, you could load a patch software on certain strong decoders like 4663x and it will accept ds*v smartcard. Then you simply are using ds*tv services by paying to ds*v for subscription without buying their decoder.
Similarly, On mytv Africa, you could simply activate their subscription merely by having their smart card. Last but not the least. Before HiTv died, there was the possibility of scanning FTA channels on their earlier decoders. In fact, could scan FTA channels on older DStvv, mytv and hitv decoders then. Currently, you can fully unlock your Hitv decoder to make it a standalone decoder.
Why the disabling some features on Official decoders?
Firstly, the reason is that satellite providers need security and protection of their investment. Similarly, they do this to optimise their profit. Surprisingly, hackers still find a way to hack through systems in Africa with all the implemented encryption. How much more when there were many apparent loopholes way back.
Secondly, they do these to have control and monitor things more easily. In other to protect their rights, to identify their products more easily and to distinguish it from the counterfeits more easily.
limiting satellite providers decoders
It all follows the same spectrum. What satellite providers restrict on their decoders ranges from internet protocols and ports, channels modifications,vallue added features. We cannot blame them for this as you will soon find out.
FTA Standalone decoders vs official satellite decoders
Within this context, by FTA decoders I mean such decoders that are either pure FTA like strong decoders, open box decoders, dreambox decoders or fta decoder + iks compatibility like Qsat, Gsky, superesat, azfox, skybox, tigersat, tlink, alphabox and so on. On the contrary, byofficial satellite decoders I mean, satellite company decoders like: DS*v, mytv, bein, canal decoders, multitv, kwese tv decoder, nova, sky decoders, and the likes.
- APPROACH: When things are not working according to plan, satellite providers can be very drastic and thorough in their approach. We all remember ds*v decoder pairing, mytv decoder replacement and so on. As for FTA decoders, if they are found wanting, they can abandon the previous decoder and produce another one for sale. Qsat series, gsky series even strong series follow this line. They will not give the new decoder for free because their profit lies in the hardware sales. The major profit of official decoders lies in their bouquet.
- NO MODIFICATION REQUIRED ON THE PART OF THE USER: You can load any external account or load any software on to your official decoder. It is done internally. No support for iks accounts like newcamd, cccam, gshare…
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