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Reflections from a Swede in Norway.

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Published: Wednesday 2004-09-29.

I noticed an interesting thing about the digital decoder I got. With it came a smart card with subscription information, a card of exactly the same kind as the ones they use for the digital satellite receivers. The interesting thing is that it not only is the same kind of card, the card also worked perfectly in a satellite receiver, where it unlocked the channels I subscribed to for the cable network, minus the Viasat channels. Those channels are sent using another encryption system over satellite and are re-encrypted in the cable network.

Actually it wasn’t very unexpected, the signal that is transmitted into the cable network comes from satellite and the simplest way of doing it is to send it through without any other processing than to shift the frequencies. The only Canal Digital channels I was unable to access using the cable card was the SVT’s digital transmissions, even though customer service confirms that it is the satellite version that gets transmitted into the cable network (which is quite obvious since I receive local news from Stockholm on the digital receiver, while the analogue version gives me news from Värmland).

Speaking of SVT in Norway I found this letter from a viewer on SVT’s web site.

(I was planning on posting this entry yesterday, but since Tågkompaniet was unable to keep its trains on time I didn’t make it to the morning train bound for Norway, the one with the wireless Internet connection, so I was unable to post it then; I have been attending a work conference in Kongsvinger yesterday and today.)

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  • Datum: 2004-10-03 00.35.26 CEST
  • Namn: David Pettersson
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Jag har för mig att det finns några kanaler med SVT på Thor som är avsedda för norska kabelnät och som inte går att se (annat än text-tv då) med CD:s svenska parabolkort. Sedan ett halvår tillbaka finns däremot möjlighet för de svenska abonnenterna att jämte SVT1, SVT24 etc. se alla regionala varianter av SVT2 över Thor. Tydligen komprimeras de regionala sändningarna direkt till satellitbandbredd lokalt hos redaktionerna och skickas över SVT:s IP-nät till Stockholm.

Det verkade som en konferens det var svårt att ta sig till med tåg från Sverige. Jag har för mig jag hörde om något liknande problem från annat ställe.

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