This post was most recently updated on August 18th, 2019
I remember way back when I was fully into the sales and promotion of IKS/SKS devices, my fans used to ask me “Lemmy, why can’t you build your own Cccam server”. I always played it down knowing full well what it entails. For one, I don’t have the got to go into mainstream blackhat ha*cking. Secondly, I sure do not have the 1000s of dollars to waste when the server eventually gets blocked by the Satellite service providers(SSP) Today, I will discuss what it takes to get or build your own premium IPTV or Cardsharing(IKS/SKS) servers. Lets put it this way: IPTV vs IKS server setup basics.
Disclaimer!!! What you are about to read this article does not represent the current status of the authors. It is an accumulation of facts as regards the ways and manners by which ha*ckers set up servers that allows users to watch pay tv unofficially. This article is for educational and developmental purposes only. Lemmy Morgan will not be liable for any usage to the contrary
IPTV vs IKS: Server Setup Basics
IPTV is a broad term on its own with various forms. Cardsharing, on the other hand, is sub-divided into internet keys sharing(IKS) and satellite keys sharing(SKS). Today, IPTV’s popularity is skyrocketing while one major form of cardsharing that is SKS, is going into extinction. In fact, pure FTA channels and biss keys channels are replacing SKS. We also have powervu technology which is closely related to SKS. In this guide, you shall have an idea of some basic tools and techniques that Cardsharing and IPTV service providers use
IPTV on its own is not illegal. If it were to be, then youtube, facebook videos, Instagram videos, Netflix and the likes would long be gone. However, there are some elements of illegality about IPTV. Immediately you use IPTV technology as a circumventing device, then you are using it illegally. Cardsharing, on the other hand, is 100% illegal. Firstly, no sane satellite TV provider will share her cards as to make it work with every decoder. The basis of satellite tv business is the secrecy of the cards
According to wiki, IPTV is defined as multimedia services such as television/video/audio/text/graphics/data delivered over IP based networks managed to provide the required level of quality of service and experience, security, interactivity and reliability.
What is Internet Key Sharing or Cardsharing?
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General requirements for A premium IPTV and Cardsharing Server
I will mention the ones that I can remember. However, the actual requirements may be more than this. I will simply try to list the most important ones and their uses. Please, note that the cost of procuring all these items are so huge and they are hardly sold to a novice. Don’t think you can walk-in into any shop to get all of these.
- The singular most important elements in the whole process are the hacker. For you to set up a premium IPTV or IKS, you need astute knowledge of reverse engineering. The ha*kers do this job and give the IPTV providers the solution. Don’t be surprised that not all providers own the solution
- Server PC: This can be a laptop or a desktop computer. However, it must be of the highest specs possible. You cannot use a pc with 2gb RAM and a dual-core CPU
- Thirdly you need to buy a server for your “datacenters”. The best is a dedicated server with substantial RAM and good CPU cores. You don’t use a shared hosting account for commercial IPTV or IKS
- DVB Cards: I already explain this in some of my articles. Ha*ckers usually use multiple tuners DVB cards. These are decoders for PC. You use this to read the card(I mean the official smart card that you are targetting)
- The dish for the position(s) you want to focus on. E.g if you have a solution for Canal, you need the dish for it
- A standby power generating set or inverter/ UPS. If the power goes out on your server PC, the service will be disrupted.
- high and stable internet connection.
- Also, you need multiport routers
- Card readers
IPTV vs IKS server setup basics – Software requirements
You also need to install some software to get it up and running you can use any of the followings
- You need some software mostly linux based like Skycaster Pro, IPTV Admin, scrambler or IPTV manager
IPTV vs IKS server setup basics – How to set up an IPTV server/account
There are two ways by which you can do this. It is either you outsource the building of the server and manage it after you might have built it. Alternatively, you can embark on a Do-It-Yourself(DIY_ procedure.
To contract the building of the server to a contractor: These contractors work for both official satellite tv/IPTV providers as well as this who would want to use it illegally. one of such is cesbo. com or infomir. eu
Also, For each component, there are choices of software. For example, For DVB and IP-TS reception one can use Astra software. For personal educational and research purpose, You can use “tvheadend” on Libreelec.
IPTV Server Installation Setup
I repeat this is 100% for educational and research purposes only. It must not be used in any destructive manner whatsoever. Besides, I am not going to give you a fool-proof walkthrough of the process.
- Some of the software that I mentioned in my requirements above will be downloaded to the server PC. Then the group will buy DVB card readers and attach them to the server. In fact, both DVB card readers and tuners are required.
- They extract the decryption keys from the card readers and get satellite signals from DVB tuners.
- Noteworthy, the premium software that you will install to your server supports Conditional access modules(cams), like skycaster pro support, cccam, mgcam, newcamd and some other cams.
- The IPTV service provider get a server and install the software, and buy modulators,
- These modulators have different ranges, they have HDMI to DVB, av/HDMI to IP
- You connect the satellite receiver to the modulators, then the modulators will be connected to your skycaster or IPTV admin software. You can use any other software as long as it serves the purpose
- So after all the channels have been populated, each channel is mapped to a particular port, starting from 89**
- So let’s say Lemmy news tv is on port 89**, you can stream locally with VLC player with, a URL that begins with rstp://localhost:89** or rstp://127.0.0.1:89**. Free IPTV URLs abound on the internet but it gets blocked pretty fast.
- Now, they use a router that has ports forwarding. This opens all the ports for all the channels they have on the server
- One card can feed like 16 channels. So if one card is blocked by satellite service providers, 16 channels will be off. A card in this context refers to smart cards.
Cardsharing/IKS Server Setup Tutorial
The process is very similar to the one above. The process is as follows:
The Card Sharing is achieved by using satellite TV receivers (usually FTA – Free to Air receivers which are loaded with Linux firmware – Example: T-link, OpenBox, DreamBox etc.) whose stock software is re-flashed / restored with custom-made to enable key sharing. In this method, one digital satellite receiver, with a valid or legitimate smart card, serves as a host (server) and shares the smart card “keys” over the internet to de-scramble the encrypted channels at the client-side.
Furthermore, the firmware (software) of the ‘server receiver’ is patched to send the 64-bit decryption key (called “control word”) every few seconds to its clients (the other satellite receivers) connected to the host network through the internet. A computer with specific software is used along with the satellite receiver to create a Card Server or Internet Key Sharing server.
At the client-side (all other receivers they receive the “control word” or key from the server), the firmware of the satellite receiver is restored with custom software (called firmware flashing) to receive the key from the server and decrypt the channels as if they are using a valid pay channel subscription card! This custom firmware has a module (called ‘Emulator’) which controls this ‘key’ sharing.
On the client’s side, the satellite receivers are configured the same way how the normal FTA channel receiving system setup –that is, a Dish antenna, and a satellite receiver which is connected to the antenna. The only difference, apart from the connection to Dish antenna is, the receiver is also connected to an internet router through a LAN cable, GPRS, Wifi or a 3G/4G dongle/modem. It works like:
1. The receiver receives encrypted channel signals from the antenna
2. The receiver receives the decryption key from the IKS server (cardsharing server) via the internet router/modem
3. Receiver (custom firmware) decrypts the channel using the key received from the IKS server and plays the channel on TV.
Internet usage would be very minimal as the internet is used just to share the decryption key. The sizes are like a few kilobytes. The internet is not used to send the channel signals or stream the channel content.
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HOW THE BILLING SYSTEM OF IKS/IPTV PROVIDERS IS SET UP
What IPTV/IKS service providers do is that they connect the software to the subscription manager. then the subscription manager compiles all the ports with individual channel names and maps it to the network public IP address with just one port. What the scrambler or IPTV manager does is to map public and private key to each subscription and all the open ports. So, you can’t connect to the links without authorization. If you pay, on the admin panel an account is created with public key to the client and private key to the server.