techno is almost correct, so just to clarify...
a sky card is "paired" to a specific sky receiver. this is required to view the premium sky channels - sky sports and sky movies.the sky card will work in ANY other sky receiver, and you will be able to view all the channels apart from the sky sports and sky movie channels....unless you call sky and get the card "paired" to the other box.
some "generic / multicam" (ie nonsky like darkbox) receiver are able to have their software updated to read the sky cards and make all channels, including sports and movies, but it is thought that these new sky cards will not work on these types of receivers...
all cards on a sky multiroom contract and their "paired" receivers need to be connected to a UK phone line - this effectivly allows sky to police where the discounted cards are located, and stops people from taking them to other houses.
at random tiems, the box dials into the sky computer, which logs the phone numbers that the boxes called from, thus ensuring the boxes and cards are where they are meant to be.
if calls are missed for a period of time, then you will start to get letters from sky sasking you to connect the box / card to the phone line to make the connectionto the sky computer.
if this is not done, then you have broken the multiroom contract and sky will charge you full subscriptuion, BACKDATED until the last callback, for all cards that have not dialed the sky computer.
they will not disconnect the card - you end up being chrged full whack for your "£10" card, and get constant phone calls and letters from sky about connecting your multiroom cards / boxes to the phone line, probably sending engineersa round to see why the box is not connetced.
a multiroom contract is different to the standard "free / discounted" installation contracts. the standard "free / discounted" installation contracts are a minumum of 12 months, in which period all the equipment is still skys. after this 12 months thie dish and receiver are yours (the card is still skys tho!), and you can disconnect from uk phone line and do with it whatever you want to...
again, the sky card remains property of sky, and using it outside the uk is against the T&Cs of the card, and if Sky fond out you have broken these T&Cs then your card will be deactivated - and in some cases the UK address and bank account have been blacklisted.
a multiroom contract is ongoing, for however long you want tto run it for...it is not 12 months.
I don't know the address being used in the UK. My problem is that when the new cards are issued they will be sent to the address being used and as I have no way of finding out to who or where they are issued I will have to cancel the subscriptions and start again.
Very likely you will have to start all over again.
This will be a slight problem because, according to the bank, it is not so straightforward to cancel direct debit type payments set up on a credit card and may result in me having to cancel the card completely.
why not just get another credit card, and set up new sky accounts on that?
The other problem will be that once I have set up the new account in my own name and UK address ( which should have done in the first place ) how do I go about getting the cards authorised by sky?
New sky cards need to be actiavted to work. If in the UK put the card in the box, and follow the instructions that come with the card, and it will automatically activate - as long as the box is conencted to a dish and phone line.
otherwise, if you are in spain, then you will have to get someone in the uk to call sky on your behalf to manually activate the card. this person will have to have all the sky account information , probably dd / cc details, and sky box details, for manualy activation.
hope this helps.
This message was last edited by satandpcguy on 4/19/2009.