I have a Panasonic IDTV with common interface. If I buy an Aston CAM will I be able to watch PPV with the appropriate card as the CAM from Off D*****l has not been programmed for this. If so which version (1.03/1.05 ?)
[updated:LAST EDITED ON 09-Jan-02 AT 00:00 AM (GMT)]An Aston Cam is suitable for SECA. As ITV digital is encrypted in SECA the answer is yes. The 1.05 is the more readily available CAM but either should work. The original OD cams are awaiting a software update to enable PPV.
Well if the aston cam does work I'm doing something wrong.....I purchased 2 of them both version 1.05 and niether of them work. When I go into the DVB setup menu it reports No Common Interface module fitted ??
Like all ITVdigital products, the CI slot is not activated as yet, and may not be for some time
Additionally the IDTVs have a limited lifespan as far as uupgrades over the air are concerned so by the time ITV digital decides to change the encryption system to something more robust, you could find your TV wont accept the new CAM.
The issue of handing the box back when twelve months is up is different for intergrated TV systems, many manufacturers find this is a good way of getting rid of two obselete systems in one go.
But then if the picture is good, then what the heck.
I can assure everyone that the slots on the Panasonic are active because I know several people who have the ITV Digital modules fitted, up until November the first they supplied a cam and a card to receive 6 channels free for six months but I purchased mine just too late to get one.....Bo*l*c*s !!!!!!!!!!
[updated:LAST EDITED ON 11-Jan-02 AT 00:31 AM (GMT)]The idea of a television having a CAM is that the module can be changed if the encryption system changes! The Software for the TV can also be updated by the manufactures from time to time. To say that they will be obsolete soon is rubbish! The televisions do work with both the official CAMs and Aston type. As I said earlier the oficial CAMs are awaiting a software update from ITV digital. I have heard they will lend you a box while you wait for the update if you are a keen PPV fan. Some early TVs required software or hardware updates for the CAMs to work. Ask your supplier if your model requires one.
Channel Hopper: I think you are getting confused between the boxes and the CAMs for the IDTVs. The CAM slots on the boxes are not enabled like those on the SKY box. Presumably this is there for the "letter of the law" again and may be software enabled if they wish it!
The CI slots on the IDTVs are definelty enabled (mostly anyway).
Well it all sounds strange to me .......The TV is only a week old so the old set bit does not apply.. The bit about the upgrade I could go with if the set actually saw the cam, but it does not ! and I actually know people who are using the official ones ! I bought the set so that it was mine unlike a box which is only on loan only to find that if I subscribe they still own part of the equipment.......What is this world comming to !
Well what I was trying to tell you was I bought two Aston/Seca version 1.05 cams and my Panasonic won't even acknowledge their existance !! Since my last rantings I have tried then in a Sony KV32DG60U and got the same results .......NOTHING !
No the Panasonic has two cam slots on the front under the flap and the Sony has one one the rear under a cover.. I think if you look about on the forums it's a very hit and miss thing some say only a version 1.03 will work some say a viaaccess will work but not with ppv others like me have had no luck at all... So it's sorting the Wheat from the chaff until they are more common I'm afraid !! My advice is find someone who will sell you the cam on the understanding that if it does not work they will refund and try it for yourself !
Thanks for the offer Channel Hopper But I'm up North way past Watford .....LOL.....You know the part that does not exist ! What I really need and I have looked all over for it is some software to change the cam from 1.05 to 1.03.....or least read it in a pcmcia slot on the lap top just to make sure the things I have are really cam's.