What Is CCCAM: The CCCAM Mystery Revealed

Ever wonder why in FTA receivers some channels show a black screen with a note that says “scrambled” and an icon like this “$ shows on the OSD.

This indicates that these channels are not accessible due to some reasons probably their encryption from the broadcaster’s side.

The reason behind this encryption is to limit their stream to some people i.e those who pay for the service.

These channels or group of channels sells Subscription cards to the market, to get profit from their streaming.

For Example: Sky Italia Pay TV service. One have to pay 1K$ annually to watch these channels package. As this amount is too much to pay for about total of 170 channels in Europe.

This is where CCCAM comes to rescue. CCCAM has made it possible for viewers to open and watch a bunch of  Pay Tv services like Dish TV HD, Dialogue TV HD etc

What is CCCAM

CCCAM may stands for Client Card Conditional Access Module. It works on the basis of Conditional Access Module or CAM.

It is simply a card sharing protocol where one subscription card is shared over the network of viewers. So on the payment of only one subscription card, a whole lot of viewers are going to enjoy the service.

CCCAM make it possible for people to view channels that are decrypted and can only be watched after buying a subscription card which is of course costly.

Mostly all receivers now come with this option to provide a better user experience.

How Does it work

The channels are encrypted with some sort of password. These passwords changes every 10 seconds, making it very hard for hackers to crack it in this short period of time.

However, CCCAM made this thing possible by downloading the new versions as soon as the image is encrypted. So you can enjoy the uninterrupted stream while CCCAM handles it all for you.

OR If I say it in another way

It is actually a bit of coding that talks straight to our servers that has the original satellite CCCAM subscription information. Every 5-10 seconds your tv picture could be encrypted from the supplier and to unlock it, needs the decryption keys.

Once this happens, your receiver will ask your provider’s servers, the new password in real time and deliver it back to your receiver.

Sound kinda hectic. Right? but you will be amazed to know that all of this process happens in milliseconds to ensure that your viewing pleasure is not disturbed by freezing or pixelation.

How to Use It?

Firstly you need a satellite receiver with CCCAM function such as Dreambox other linux based satellite products. These receivers connects to the ethernet connection in the same way as computers do and can transfer data over the networks.

To use the CCCam you need a dish antenna connected to satellite you desired to unlock.

Get you 3 Line CCCAM code from your cccam provider and install it into your receiver. Make sure your receiver is connected to the internet.

You will get a message notifying you about the activation of your cccam and it’s duration.

The scramble channels will now start to work.

Is It Legal

It can be legal if see from some point of view while it can be illegal if seen from another point of view.

If one person uses it with motorized satellite dishes and Linux receivers,so he can access satellite television at remote places and can enjoy watching foreign channels where he may not be able to obtain subscriptions for the services he wanted to watch, or where he can’t have lots of cards without buying more equipment.

It can be illegal if used outside your own network and can land a person in penalty according to his country’s laws.

 So, Folks, that’s all for today. Hope you liked this detailed introduction of CCCAM.

For more tutorials like this, keep visiting. Let me know in the comment section if this added any value to your knowledge!

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Abdullah is a satellite enthusiast. He cures his enthusiasm by writing this blog.
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