Czech and Slovak DTH services Skylink and CS Link are moving forward with plans to migrate their subscriber base to Irdeto conditional access.
The pair have begun reducing the number of channels available via the legacy Cryptoworks CA system ahead of withdrawing its support for Cryptoworks cards at the end of this year. Pay TV HD services including HBO, CS Film and CS Mini, CS TV, Hustler and Man-X will be switched off on Cryptoworks devices at the end of June, while SD pay services will cease to be available at the end of September. Free-to-air services will continue to be available until 2013.
Subscribers to the services, which were recently unified under the common ownership of Belgium’s M7 Group, can swap their Cryptoworks cards for Irdeto cards for a fee. Skylink customers who fulfill certain conditions can obtain a replacement card free of charge.