Whats a CAM ?

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Conditional Access Modules CI and CI+

On all transmissions requiring viewing cards to access them, you will have to make sure that either the receiver has a card reader of the correct type, this is sometimes referred to as an embedded decoder, or that you are using a CAM ( Conditional Access Module ) to enable the card to be read. Some embedded types work fine, but some cards do require the official CAM. The manhattan receiver (embedded type) works with most cards of type Viaccess, Iredeto, Conax and Cryptoworks. To ensure that your card works with any update that the broadcaster sends, be prepared to buy a CAM.


card in a cam

The card fits in the Cam module and the CAM fits in the CAM ( or CI ) slot in the receiver

To test if the card is the right way up, go to the main menu and find the CI menu section , if the card is correct the receiver will have read the information from the card and will usually display the card type eg conax, cryptoworks etc. You can then enter the menu and find the validity, dates etc details


Note that not all transmissions have a CAM available, Spains Digital+ for example uses the Nagravision 3 encryption or the SECA encryption, there are yet no Nagra3 CAMs available, so the original D+ set top box has to be used. ( SECA is available )

Fransat Cards do work in the right cam, they have changed the standard now to CI+. However our tests on various receivers have come up with no compatible model ! The cam can be used in a TV with a satellite tuner, as long as the interface in the tv is version CI+ 1.3


What is CI+

CI Plus: This a new addition to the specification of the standard unit. It is an improvement on the electronics of the CI standard as far as video piracy is concerned.. The CI Plus interface is required to be able to use CI Plus modules for the cable network or other pay TV providers . They can be used independently to decode encrypted channels or more commonly used together with a SmartCard. The main difference and the reason for its introduction is it is now possible for broadcasters to impose restrictions for the recording of programmes. In doing so, the recorded encrypted signal is scrambled on the screen if the restriction is active.. Recordings will therefore have a limited time, if the broadcaster applies this, after which they will not be viewable.

The CI Plus interface is also backwards compatible with old Common Interfaces (CI) and can also accommodate modules of this type.

Here is a list of the CARDs I have been asked for, with all the information.
Digiturk Turkey EutelsatW3@ 7 degrees E Cryptoworks  
SkyLink Czech Rep Astra 3a @ 23.5' East Irdeto CI+ Skylink cam only
Al Jazeera Arab

NileSat @ 7'East&

Hotbird @ 13'East

Viaccess or Irdeto  
ART Arab

NileSat @7'East &

Hotbird 13'East

Viaccess or Irdeto  
Bis France

Hotbird @13' East

& Atlantic Bird 3 ( AB3) /Eutelsat 5w

Viaccess Secure Ensure that you have the latest version from 25th April 2016
Platforma Russia Eurobird9 @ 9'East DRE  
RTVi Russia Hotbird @ 13' East Viaccess  
DigitAlb Albania Eutelsat W2 @ 16'East Conax  
Nova Greece Hotbird @ 13'East Irdeto  
UPC Czech and Slovak Thor @ 1' West Iredeto Skylink cam ok
Canal+/Digital+ / MovieStar Spain Astra1@ 19' East Seca Mediaguard  
Canal+/Digital+/MovieStar Spain Hispasat @ 30'West Nagravision3 Some cams work some do not : do not risk it !!!
Tring Albania Eutelsat W2 @ 16' East Conax  
TNTsat France Astra1 @ 19'East Viaccess ( modified) cam not available
FranSat France AtlanticBird 3/Eutelsat 5w@ 5'West Viaccess (modified) New cam will NOT work in any receiver tested so far ! 30th April 2016
TiVu Italy Hotbird 13' @ 13' East Nagravision Tivu cams now available

Download the CAM user manual ( SMIT) a pdf document


Digiturk, Diema, BFBS, ORF Austria, JSTV japan



Used by Skylink CZ and UPC Cz, Sk and Hu


N Poland, Nova Greece, MCT, ART



Latest version for BIS France


RTVi, Al Jazeera, ViaSat -Sweden,ART, Max tv Romania


RTV Romania, DigitAlb Albania, N Poland, NRK, Canal Digital Norway/Sweden/Denmark, Telenor, Redlight,


Platforma dv and hd

Note; the Cuberevo cccam emulator may read DRE cards without the cam.



* StarHub TV (Singapore)
* Virgin Media (United Kingdom) (Nagravision 1)
* Dream Satellite TV (Philippines) (Nagravision 3)
* Polsat (Poland) (Nagravision 3)
* Digital+ (Spain) (Nagravision 3)
* TV Cabo (Portugal) (Nagravision 3)
* Premiere (Germany) (Nagravision 3)
* Digi TV (Romania) (Nagravision 2 & Nagravision 3)
* Bell TV (Canada) (Nagravision 3)
* Look Communications (Canada)
* Reliance BigTV (India)
* Dish Network (USA) (Transition to Nagravision 3 was completed on 6/18/09)
* UPC (Ireland) (Nagravision 1 being phased out, currently switching to Nagravision 3)
* UPC (Romania) (Nagravision 3)
* Telenet (Belgium) (Belgium) (Nagravision 2)
* Tivù Sat, Mediaset Premium and Pangea platform (Nagravision 3)

Here is the CAM or 'CI' slot in the Technomate receiver. This particular receiver will take 2 CAMS.

To release the CAMs there are buttons on the right hand side

CAM slot


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