Looks like it's the curse of the z@rd*r1. Soon after that name was mentioned in this thread, my subscription expired and is still in that state.
@jdk could you be kind enough to edit your post to remove/modify that name as I have above? Maybe that will help get things back to normal.
All of a sudden, something strange happened yesterday. I switched on my digital box to check if my cable op had finally renewed my subscription to find that the channels were fading in and out in flashes. I was quite surprised and it seemed as though my subscription had been updated and that the box probably needed a "reboot" for the update to kick in (which was a very wise thought). I turned off the box and then on again and all the channels started running normally. When I checked under the "Entitles Record" menu I noticed that it showed 187 days (i.e. subscription would be active for almost 6 months).
I was getting ready to log onto WP and inform my friendly friend and neighbourly neighbour @baluchistan about this and ask him to check his box too when all of a sudden my box went back to No Auth mode again. It was on for only about 5-10 mins. I rechecked under Entitles Record and it had gone back to 0 days. So it was probably just a "glitch" in the system at Skyline's end which is what I thought initially because they would certainly not renew anyone's subscription for 187 days!