Praise be to Allaah.
In the case of encrypted satellite channels for which a
subscription is needed in order to view them, it is not permissible to try
to unscramble these codes or to help others to do so, because that is
transgressing against people's rights and consuming their wealth
These channels are of two types: those which are permissible
in and of themselves, which it is permissible to watch and look at; and
those which are haraam and it is not permissible to watch them or look at
them because of what they contain of things that go against sharee’ah.
Sports channels fall into the second category, which is
haraam and not permissible, so looking at them is haraam for two reasons:
because of the fact that they are encoded and because of the fact that they
contain things that it is not permissible to look at, especially uncovering
of ‘awrahs. Sport is not just one kind of game; there is swimming, which
involves uncovering the ‘awrahs of women, as is well known; and there is
freestyle wrestling which is haraam because of what it involves of extreme
harm; and there are other things which are undoubtedly haraam.
The fatwa of the scholars on watching sports channels -- even
if it is for free -- has been quoted in the answer to questions number
And Allaah knows best.