Yes Deadk, not a con in the sense that it doesn't work at all, only in that it only works for a limited amount of views. The card becomes constipated after it has reached it's credit limit and the only way to continue watching PPV is to reconnect to the phone line, after which you will be billed. There are several threads concerning this over the past few months.
I live in Germany and I'm considering getting the box because I dont want the PPVs anyway, but if I can get them for free, even if only for a limited time, why not ? How many PPVs is it on average before the credit limit has been reached ? Once I've reached my credit limit, does the box only tell me of this if I try to order another PPV or is it permanently on the screen no matter what channel I'm watching.
As far as i know it only disables the PPV when the card is full.
YOU DON'T NEED TO BUY THE BOX
and I cannot stress that too strongly, the box is a con in that it does nothing that only briefly connecting the Digibox to a phone line doesn't do. It is also quite simnple to go into the installer menu and insert a prefix, the Digibox will test for a phone line and will find one, but will not be able to dial out. In Germany it doesn't even need to be disconnected, as the number it rings will not connect to anything.
Why buy the box ? you would be better off making your own, it's only a BT box and 9v battery, it would much cheaper.
And someone i suppose would tell you what pins the 9v batt connects too. But personnaly i would'nt bother, once you reach the £50 credit limit the box is then useless.
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PS. Still the same result, one very constipated box after 12-15 films.
>As far as i know it only disables the PPV when the card is
>YOU DON'T NEED TO BUY THE BOX
>and I cannot stress that too strongly, the box is a con in
>that it does nothing that only briefly connecting the
>Digibox to a phone line doesn't do. It is also quite simnple
>to go into the installer menu and insert a prefix, the
>Digibox will test for a phone line and will find one, but
>will not be able to dial out. In Germany it doesn't even
>need to be disconnected, as the number it rings will not
>connect to anything.
Hi, this doesn't work. When I try to order something, it just says telephone line not connected. I contacted the bloke about the box and he reckoned that his box resetted the card each month ?!?!?!?!?!
You have to be careful not to reach the 50 pound limit though as the box can only reset the card and once you have reached fifty pound this is then stored on the digibox and his box cant reset that.
What do you think ??
You may find that if your box has never been connected to a phone line it will not work, they will not have you confirmed as having the box connected. When you say it doesn't work, do you have the phone actually connected? it has to be connected to a proper line at least once (didn't work on cable phones as they didn't give out a CLID), you can test this by going into system setup and doing the system check, it will check for a phone connection.
The little "magic Box" cannot possibly reset the card, this is done by satellite download.
Please read the rest of posting above. This a very limited hack that only works for a very short time. When the limit is reached then, unless you pay for the backlog of PPV films that you have watched, you cannot watch any more PPV.
actually, I believe that these hack solutions do have a use; not avoiding/delaying paying for PPV but in actually fooling the box that a phone is connected.
I believe this logic is applied when I try to record PremPlus - the logic is that it first checks for working phone connection and *then* checks if you're authorised already.....and my box is not and never will be connected to a phone line so this would be useful.
I don't want to rip Sky off, just to work around their logic.
My present workaround is to manually record PremPlus....so it's not sooo bad.
It’s not in Sky’s interest to catch subscribers outside the UK. They are subscribers, which pay money, phoning to order a PPV event which costs money.
Developing a system to catch viewers outside the UK, (which would cost them to employ) with the ultimate goal or loosing subscribers just doesn’t make sense.
If they just turn a blind eye to where the call is coming from (if they even know) then it’s much easier for everyone.
People always warn about phoning up from abroad saying they could easily check where the call is coming from, but the (rather expensive) digi dialler that allows a box to dial the UK from abroad is selling well. I have seen no reports of people having problems related to sky stopping their subscription because the box is calling from abroad, so why should phoning up in person be any different?