Series 9 viewing card issued by BSkyB for satellite receiver. Plastic card with microchip. Black card with logo, pale blue circle and central gold 'Sky'. Printed in white 'PLEASE INSERT THIS WAY UP / SKY VIEWING CARD'.
Viewing cards provided customer subscription details and encryption information to activate the receiver for paid television broadcasts via satellite. Viewing cards were regularly replaced with updated encryption codes.
BSkyB was formed in 1990 after the merger of British Satellite Broadcasting and Sky TV. The public brand name is Sky.