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Work to improve the security of Virgin Media's TV platform has got underway in Scotland, according to reports.

New encryption technology is being installed in Edinburgh as the firm looks to stop people in the city from using unauthorised set-top boxes to access its range of home entertainment services.

The Scotsman reports that subscribers in the city are being sent updated TV smart cards to ensure they are not affected by any of the changes taking place.

Malcolm Davies, Head of Fraud and Security at Virgin Media, told the newspaper: "The new encryption we're introducing across Scotland this month will protect our existing customers and make it impossible for anyone else to get our services unless they pay for them legitimately."

Robert Downey Jr's star turn in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes is now available on Virgin Media's on-demand service, alongside TV content such as the first series of US drama True Blood.

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