With a revolution in the television industry, more and more channels are coming up. And viewers are also becoming more specific on which channel to watch. Some countries do not allow foreign channels, and thereby viewers are not able to watch those channels. But now we have systems which assist people to watch all their wanted channels, and that too at nominal price. It’s called a card sharing system, eg: Dreambox server.
In card sharing system, a legitimate card with an access code of specific channels is inserted in the card sharing system, which is connected to the internet. Now those users who want a particular channel can simply type in the access code and get the channel. They only need to pay a nominal price for this. Thus, independent users obtain simultaneous access to a paid television network, using a single legitimate conditional access subscription card Card sharing systems are often called card sharing servers. Some of the prominent servers are:
Dreambox server is a German product which serves the purpose discussed. Since inception, Dream multimedia has launched several models like DM 7000, DM 600 PVR, and the latest DM 8000 HD PVR. They serve for terrestrial, cable and satellite mode of transmission environment. DreamBox is the cheapest and most sought after by users. In a recent press release by the Dream Multimedia Company, they had told about “project Goliath”, which is aimed at building new software and hardware product which combines the feature of dreambox series and beyond that.
CCCam server is yet another popular server in the market. It serves the same purpose as the dreambox. Nowadays many channel companies encourage their viewers to use CCCam over dreambox, due to its more secure nature. CCCam prevents subscribers from sharing their transmission. Through this channel gets more and more individual subscribers. And that’s exactly why channels embrace CCCam over others.
Sky Italia is an Italian digital satellite television platform owned by 21st Century Fox launched on 1 August 2003, when the former platforms TELE+ (Canal+) and Stream TV (News Corporation and Telecom Italia) merged. It is similar in many ways to BSkyB’s Sky in the United Kingdom and Ireland, which is partly owned by 21st Century Fox, and like that network it is a major sports broadcaster.
Pay TV services on Sky Italia are encrypted in NDS VideoGuard. The VideoGuard set-top boxes that have been provided since July 2010 are identical to the Sky+ HD boxes used in the UK. Pace, Amstrad and Thomson, all Digibox licensors, have been producing Sky Italia boxes (Sky Box, Sky HD, My Sky and My Sky HD) identical to their Sky Digital, Sky+ and Sky+ HD offerings, albeit with the potential removal of the second card slot and UHF modulator.
British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (commonly known as BSkyB; trading as Sky) is a British satellite broadcasting, broadband and telephone services company headquartered in London, with operations in the UK and Ireland. Formed in 1990 by the equal merger of Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting, BSkyB is the largest pay-TV broadcaster in the UK and Ireland with over 10 million subscribers.
BSkyB is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It had a market capitalization of approximately £14.32 billion (US$23 billion) as of 30 September 2013 on the London Stock Exchange. 21st Century Fox owns a 39.14 per cent controlling stake in the company.
Sky Deutschland AG, branded as Sky, is a German media company which operates a Direct Broadcast Satellite Pay TV platform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (through Teleclub) offering a collection of basic and premium digital subscription television channels of different categories via Satellite and Cable Television.
It was launched in 1991 as Premiere. The channel originally started off as a single analogue channel on the Astra 1A satellite, showing films dubbed into German as well as in original audio, live football matches from the German Bundesliga and Austrian Bundesliga (and at one time the UEFA Cup), as well as documentaries, and TV series. After the coming of the digital age, the service has since consisted of many channels with many new ones added over the years. On 4 July 2009, the service and its channels were re-branded as “Sky”.
21st Century Fox owns 54.5% of Sky Deutschland; the remaining shares are owned by diverse shareholders. The service owns 100 percent of its subsidiary Sky Deutschland Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG (formerly Premiere Fernsehen GmbH & Co. KG).
Sky Deutschland topped 3,000,000 subscribers by the end of 2011. As of 31 March 2013 Sky Deutschland has 3,405,100 subscribers.
Digitalb is an Albanian digital satellite and terrestrial TV platform based in Tirana, Albania. The TV platform began terrestrial broadcasts in July 2004, and satellite broadcasts by the end of that year. At the same time, DigitAlb began broadcasting some channels of defunct AlbaniaSat’s satellite platform SAT + which eventually went bankrupt. DigitAlb closely collaborates with sports package SuperSport while having introduced wireless DVB-H technology for wireless TV for the first time in Albania since 2006. The company forms part of Top Media Group together with Top Channel, Top Albania Radio, Top Gold Radio, newspaper Shqip, Shqip Magazine, Top News, VGA Studio, My Music Radio, and musicAL. In Europe, DigitAlb will broadcast until 2020 on Eutelsat.
Tring Digital (formerly Tring TV) is an Albanian digital satellite and terrestrial TV platform based in Tirana, Albania. The package was launched on 16 September 2008. Tring Digital is a pay TV package oriented towards the family needs, offering a large range of movies and blockbusters for all tastes and genres, documentaries, children’s content and live sports, all customized for the Albanian and the Balkan market. The Tring Digital platform was conceived with the strategy of being an innovator in today’s “Digital Era”. Having entered a market dominated by DigitAlb, Tring Digital is aiming to gain recognition amongst Albanian viewers. To overcome this obstacle, Tring Digital is improving and working on quality, marketing and service.Tring Digital currently offers 30 Albanian and foreign TV channels in Albania and through Europe. At first, Tring Digital existed within the same brand of Albanian Satellite Communication (ASC), a long-term visionary project that aimed to offer an integrated range of services including Internet, telephone and TV, all in one package.
A bold move strategically, strongly backed by the Edil Holding Group which ASC was a member of, the conception and foundation of ASC provided exactly what the Albanian customers needed – competition and diversity, since prior to this introduction, most of the above mentioned industries were vastly dominated mainly by one company.
As the company’s operations started to grow, ASC felt that it would provide better cover by focusing in each of its service range, thereby creating two sister companies in Tring TV and Tring Communications.
After having a small lift-up during the spring of 2009, the company redefined itself as Tring Digital. This rename was strongly backed by the shift of long-term strategies and policies towards the forthcoming digital era, focusing mainly in guaranteeing high standards in audio and video, coverage expansion and customer satisfaction by retaining a better price versus quality rate.
Aiming sales support, at first Tring Digital focused in creating a wide distribution web that now includes more than 180 stores across Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia while also establishing reliable partnerships with some of the most successful Albanian retail chains such as Euronics, Tecom Stores, Gama Electronics, CT Computers etc. This strategy would later constitute the foundations of customer support and the start of a customer-needs evaluation process, pushing for a more customer/service oriented approach.
Adopting a long-term strategic development plan, the effort to be the more familiar-oriented digital platform in Albania has not looked back ever since. Additional investments aimed at enforcing broadcasting signal and future projects will definitely put Tring Digital on the map as one of the industry’s main innovators.
Tring Digital, along with Vizion Plus, brought to life two of the most successful shows of 2010 – Dancing with the Stars, a successful format of dancing competition licensed by the BBC, and Apartment 2XL, an improvisational humor show, resulting in high ratings, unexpected record audience and a record number of fans on Facebook.
Tring Digital have not been able to match the success that rival company DigitALB have due to not being able to offer a range of Albanian channels and any high-definition television which DigitAlb can boast of six (six) high-definition channels and fifteen Albanian channels.
Since August 2010, Tring Digital also broadcasts English Premier League in the Sports Channels. Also in the 2012, they won the right to broadcast UEFA Europa League for seasons 2012-2015.
Österreichischer Rundfunk (“Austrian Broadcasting”, ORF) is the Austrian national public service broadcaster.
Funded from a combination of television licence fee revenue and limited on-air advertising, ORF is the dominant player in the Austrian broadcast media. Austria was the last country in continental Europe after Albania to allow nationwide private television broadcasting.
SRG SSR (also known as the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation in English) is the Swiss public broadcasting organisation, founded in 1931. Headquartered in Bern, SRG SSR is a non-profit organisation, funded mainly through radio and television licence fees (70%) and making the remaining income from advertising and sponsorship.
Switzerland’s system of direct democracy and the fact that the country has four official languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh) mean that the structure of Swiss public service broadcasting is rather complicated. The actual holders of the broadcasting licences that enable SRG SSR to operate are four regional associations: SRG idée suisse Deutschschweiz (SRG.D), SSR idée suisse Romande (RTSR), Società cooperativa per la radiotelevisione nella Svizzera italiana (CORSI), and SRG SSR idée suisse Svizra Rumantscha (SRG.R). These four associations, which are to a large part run by the listeners and viewers in each region, maintain SRG SSR as a joint central production and broadcasting company.
MEO is the commercial brand-name of a triple-play subscription home telecommunications service provided by Portugal Telecom. The service can be delivered either through ADSL2+, FTTH or Satellite link and is available throughout Portugal.
The service was started as a pilot test in Lisbon in 2006 and was later extended to Porto and Castelo Branco. The commercial launch of the ADSL2+ service took place in June 2007, and the satellite service began in April 2008, using the Hispasat satellite, soon followed by the FTTH service.
The ADSL2+ and FTTH offers reach the various regions of Portugal and include broadband Internet services (at up to 200Mbit/s currently) as well as a telephone service.
There were plans to launch a new digital television DVB-T service also under the meo brand known as meo TDT.
The television channel line-up includes the Portuguese versions of international channels such as:
National Geographic Channel
And several European football club television channels such as:
Manchester United TV
Real Madrid TV
It currently competes with Vodafone Portugal’s IPTV offer, ZON TV cable and satellite and fiber and Optimus Clix’s fiber offer and Cabovisão cable offer.