Canal Digital begins Conax card pairing

By Julian Clover | April 30, 2009

Canal Digital is to introduce card pairing, ensuing that smart cards can only be used with a specific receiver, following pressure from providers of HD content.

The DTH platform is working with its conditional access supplier, sister Telenor company Conax, to ensure that cards will only work with receivers that have been officially authorised. It means that a subscriber will no longer be able to take their smart card to a neighbour’s house to watch a football match that has not been paid for.

Canal Digital says such actions are in contradiction both of subscriber contracts and the arrangement it has with the programme providers.