BarTender:RustyGonad: If anyone has a hardware based CAM/CI working under Vista this would get around all of this.
I don't think any legit CAM/CI exists for NDS, I did see in my travels that someone made a dodgy version of one of the Dragon CAM's (Reloaded??) tha work work with the Sky boxes in the UK... who knows that may work. But still with a CI, you would need a PCI DVB-S card which would have a CI slot in it, so you would plug Smartcard -> CAM -> DVB-S CI Slot. So you would need a valid subscription card per Tuner.
Yes I know this is rather old but though I might as well reply... I believe there are legit CAMs for NDS, for Sky Italia but the design of NDS.Videoguard is such that these don't work with any other NDS systems. These legit CAMs exist because of Italian competition law. This may be the case in some other countries too I think. This is also supported by wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VideoGuard (article is pretty crap, it's mostly unreferenced)
Unfortunately I don't think the Commerce Commision or government is likely to do anything like that here anytime soon. Incidentally, has anyone ever actually complained to the CC that Sky is abusing payTV monopoly to try and gain a monopoly in the PVR market?