I'm contemplating getting a HTPC, and would like to be able to play and record digital TV channels (DVB-C). For most channels, I need a CI-module and a Smartcard to decode them. Now, I'd like to be able to use either the TV alone or with the HTPC without switching cards. I don't think I can get my cable provider to give me a second card for obvious reasons.
- Is it possible to share a smartcard between two devices? (Or would I rather share the CI module?) What do I need for that? (I'm almost sure it's technically possible, since people even share them over the internet, for money, illegally. Which leads me to the second question...)
- Is it legal to share it between two devices / tuners of one TV?