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December 3, 2009

Virgin rolls out Nagra 3 in Leeds area

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by Brian Turner

The long awaited roll out of Nagra 3 by Virgin Media to encrypt their cable services has begun, with Leeds being the first area of the UK to be upgraded to the new system.

According to unconfirmed reports, it will be rolled out across the South of England over January, the Midlands by February, and the North West of England by March. By Easter, all of Virgin Media’s cable services should be running with Nagra 3 encryption.

This will make it virtually impossible for anyone to view premium cable channels broadcast by Virgin Media except by legitimate paid subscribers, resulting in a serious blow to existing cable pirates.

The news has long been expected, after Nagra 3 was rolled out in the Republic of Ireland earlier this year, and hardware upgrades to allow for it to be rolled out in the UK have been sent out through 2009.

While cable pirates will no doubt be disappointed that their favourite premium cable channels will no longer be available for free, Virgin are offering two months free upgrade on their TV services to new and existing customers.

If cable services are no longer wanted, then Sky has been providing special offers on Sky + and Sky HD for the Christmas season to bring in subscribers to premium channels.

Of course, there are also options to use Freeview, Freesat, or even use satellite equipment to explore the range of Free To Air (FTA) channels, which do not require subscription services.

In the meantime, when approached by Techwatch for comment, a Virgin Media spokesperson replied “We do not comment on security issues.”

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  1. I be surprise if it not crack in the next year to 18 months. Pirates always win in the end.

    Comment by David — December 4, 2009 @ 9:58 am

    On Saturday 28th November at approximately 20.41, Virgin Media’s television and broadband services ground to a halt in the following postcodes – E2, E1, EC2A, W14, SW6, WC2, WC1. 6 days on and we are still without any service and without any idea as to what has happened and is happening. Virgin Media have refused to post the issue on their website, we ask why?
    Dozens of calls to the Virgin Media fault centre have resulted in various estimates of restoration, all highly inaccurate or just uttered to quieten the disgruntled caller.
    With no support from customer service, technical support or anything else, I am contacting the media to see if their power can make a difference. If this is brought out into the public domain and investigated, perhaps Virgin will do something about this ongoing nonsense.
    Who has been affected? Businesses, elderly, education houses, general public.

    Comment by rob wakefield — December 4, 2009 @ 10:24 am

  3. @David above. N3 has been widely used in the Satellite industry for the last year or so and has not been hacked yet. If it is going to be hacked anytime soon it will be for that, not local cable. Rest assured this will not be hacked for a while.

    Comment by Alex — December 7, 2009 @ 8:33 am

  4. The Spanish hacker scene have been trying for the last 2 years to hack Nagra 3 on satelite tv with no success.
    There is no chance that Cable tv hackers are gonna produce a miracle hack in the near future, if ever.
    … and if they do, you can bet your life it will be a premium service like the old dodgy sly cards ;-)

    Card sharing on Sat is gonna be the only way forward for non-subscribers for the foreseeable future.

    Comment by Roy — December 9, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  5. Rubbish i was using a box from portugal over 2 years ago with nagra 2 we used to get all the free channels until it went over to nagra 3 then one year later new boxes were released and nagra 3 was cracked hacked on hispasat channels these boxes can be still purchased so i dont see nay reason why they cant hack nagra 3 on cable boxes if they can do it on sat and have been for over a year its only a longer more secure encryption method if man makes it man can break it!!!!

    Comment by d4rkman — February 23, 2010 @ 9:40 am

  6. yip man does make it and man does break it. we will be back to rape and pillage .tata.

    Comment by joe — July 19, 2010 @ 10:09 pm

  7. Ffs hurry up and break this nag 3 keek im having withdrawel symptoms and it aint funny

    Comment by Dick Turpin — August 15, 2010 @ 12:34 am

  8. well i can still get some channels even a porn channel “top self TV” but do want my sports back, any news im from west england near bristol

    Comment by Rob — October 13, 2010 @ 12:12 am

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