September 7th, 2010 - 13:54 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.
Sky Deutschland has warned UK licensees that anyone using its cards to screen Premier League football risks having them turned off without notice. It follows similar warnings in June from Sky Italia, which is also owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
The latest statement says: “Sky Deutschland has been informed that there are businesses in the UK selling Sky Deutschland viewing cards. This activity is not permitted by Sky Deutschland. If you have any information regarding the use or supply of Sky Deutschland viewing cards within premises in the UK then please email Sky Deutschland details of such to [email protected].
“Sky Deutschland is stepping up activity in the UK to prevent use of our viewing cards at unauthorised addresses. Viewing cards will be terminated and Sky Deutschland will not refund any unauthorized dealers.”
The statement says Sky Deutschland viewing cards “can only be registered within Germany, Austria, Switzerland or Luxembourg. Use of the cards outside these countries “is not permitted”.
Ray Hoskin, boss of Media Protection Services, which investigates foreign satellite screenings on behalf of the Premier League, said licensees should not believe anyone who claims to be selling the cards legitimately. “There are no UK agents for any of these viewing cards. They can be turned off at any moment — there are cards being turned off at the moment.”
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