I have it on good authority (mate in the trade) that freeview has a few more channels soon, and there is going to be a sports channel and a couple of film channels later in the year, they intend to do an encryption for them, just how they intend to encrypt remains to be seen, although they promised not to encrypt any channel, they must look ahead and if the subscription package is low I can see them knicking some of sky's customers.
I've heard similar rumours as well Haga, trouble is that quite often they start off from one person speculating on the matter and it then being passed on as fact.
I'm personally not convinced though, it would need a radical rethink on equipment and bearing in mind that most of the digital adaptors on sale at the moment have no facility for decryption, they would effectively have to start from scratch.
Eurosport and TCM would be nice as freebies though and are probably still a long term possibility.
I have to agree I shared the same view when I first heard this, but having seen the memo to my mate from his boss which stated that all freeview boxes sold must have the cam slot, and all the cheap versions without are to be returned, it made me think it was more than a rumour.
We'll have to wait and see.
hopefully they will use the seca method that ondigi used, as we all know, that was impossible to crack and set the standard for future encryptions, lol (me, take the piss, as if)
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Hello Haga.....saw you're intro earlier so I'd like to add my welcome to you.
Very unlikely that there will be encryption on Freeview I'd suggest. They've only just won the case against those who were saying it wasn't free because there is a cost for the box. To start charging for channels would make subscribers as wary as they are of Sky, don't you think.
Hi jimbo, thanks for the welcome, I agree with you, but as I said, I've seen what they have planned for the future, and unlike sky (who make it difficult not to subscribe) there will be no pressure for the freeview customers to subscribe, that said, there is still more channels planned for free, E4 lite is one that is due (cut down version of E4) and a few others, I'll let you know when I hear more, like I said, we'll have to wait and see.