The problem exists within the CW (Control Word)….The actual encryption data itself
In laymans terms the encryption has not changed in the same way it did for HD or for the same way it did with Sky Italia, the encryption is compatible with existing Sky cards, including the old white 09’s which is where local cards and shared cache’s get the required data to make card sharing possible, so that also makes the talk of changing over Thompson Receivers to Sky +HD nonsense also, its completely irrelevant.
What they have done is quite clever apparently but it will 100% be worked out, the changes that will be required to be made will all be within the “oscam.config” which is basically the standard configuration file that servers use to run and make this all possible, so server owners will be getting access to an updated config file once completed and the missing channels will be back.
This is as close to the horses mouth as you will get and I have been told categorically that this is absolutely NOT the end of cardsharing as we know it and when the config is complete and uploaded things will continue as they were once servers have been updated to the new config.
There is a but though and that is the reasoning behind what has happened the last few days, the general feeling is that Sky were testing a few channels to see what the result was, that unfortunately is not true, Sky and anybody with a certain level of understanding of encryptions would know that no test is required, the results of the changes that were made are set in stone and known before they were put in place therefore there is no test required or needed.
That is where the but comes in because what has happened is fixable with a configuration change, Sky and the programming engineers working with Sky know that just as much as the guys who deal with oscam, they know its fixable and can be worked around, so the actual reason behind it is a mystery.
Its not just to disrupt or to annoy, that much is clear, but the real reason is unclear at the moment as the changes they have made don’t really relate to anything they can build on long term as once worked around that’s it, it cant be implemented into a different part of the whole procedure so its not clear why they did it or what the overall goal of it was but its obviously something much bigger and more complex, whether its something that could happen next week or next year nobody knows, but its clear that some serious thought and investment has been put in to this and its one of the biggest changes or moves that Sky have made to in a long time, so the general feeling from someone directly involved is that something much bigger is on the way, but as above the timescale is not known.
Sky have obviously always taken it seriously and attempted to stop it but it looks as though they have upped the effort on it and are seriously taking steps to put an end to it long term, or at least until the technology to work around it comes to light.
I know some people reading this will no doubt rubbish everything that I have put down here because I’m not directly involved with oscam or servers, but what I’ve put down will be available through streamboard forum in due course and a lot of it already is there to read up on, so please take the time to research a little into the technical facts of what is going on and with what I’ve tried to explain here and hopefully I’ve helped put some minds at ease a little.