Canal + France can no longer be viewed as illegal in North Africa after the proliferation of pirate smart cards that had flooded the Algerian market at a price of just 2500 AD, about 25 euros.
This plastic card also allowed access to the signal of multi-channel platform CanalSat France on Astra (19.2 ° East), including movie channels and Ciné Cinéma.
The reason for leaving no "service" to these illegal access cards has been the decision of the Director of Groupe Canal + has closed the offering of Canal + Maghreb, produced by its subsidiary Canal + Overseas.
The package was launched in early 2009 via satellite Badr 6 (26 ° East) Arabsat. In the beginning consisted of over 25 television channels.
French pay-TV launched this project in the northern part of Africa consider that in the target countries, some 10 million households, were prepared to receive several of its television channels.
The offer consisted of Canal + Essentiel option with the presence of Canal + France but without the X programming that is broadcast to the Gallic country and not without sports broadcasts since Al Jazeera already has the television rights for the Maghreb.
Also in the same option is integrated among other Canal + Family, Canal + Cinema, Cinema Film Stars, Film Cinema Frisson Horizons (without programming X), LCI, France 2, France 3 and France 5.
All these channels were encoded under the conditional access system Viaccess 3.0.
Canal + has decided to put an end to the adventure undertaken just over a couple of years and move far end of its channels for the Maghreb half a year earlier than previously announced. Have taken advantage of the transmission of the Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, long awaited in the Maghreb countries, to make it out of play the unlawful practice of piracy.