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DTH ops want govt to take measures for cheaper STBs
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NEW DELHI: Even as most DTH operators differ that a common Open Architecture based set-top box could ensure technical interoperability among different operators, they are unanimous that the government should take steps to reduce the cost of the STBs.

Meanwhile, most operators have lauded the government’s efforts towards digitisation and expressed their willingness to support these measures.

The comments came in response to a Consultation Paper issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on the possibility of technical interoperability and technical compatibility among different DTH operators who have adopted the same or different standards.

The consultation paper was issued as the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had on 11 May requested Trai to review its recommendations “Interoperability and Other Issues relating to DTH” of 30 January 2008. In 2006, the Ministry sought recommendations of Trai on various issues related to a DTH licence. One of the issues included technical interoperability in case of set top boxes with recording facility, personal video recorder (PVR) or Digital video recorder (DVR). The Authority made some recommendations to the Ministry on 25 August 2006.

In its response, Tata Sky said both inter (in between) and Intra (within) operator interoperability is not possible amongst different DTH operators since they have been permitted over the last three years to adopt different standards. The Ministry has stated that if the DTH STB standard is to be revised, it should be such that ensures both Inter (in between) and Intra (within) operator interoperability.

It said the rationale behind technical interoperability – that customers should be able to switch from one DTH operator to another without having to purchase a new operator’s Customer Premises Equipments (CPE) – was understandable but not possible when there are as many as six private DTH operators apart from the free-to-air Doordarshan Direct Plus.

Full Story: Indian DTH Blog

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if TRAI asks broadcasters to provide the channels at 35% rate from non CAS rate these operators will be happy. if TRAI asks for interoperability these operators r not co-operating. TRAI must be strict with operators to implement interoperability which will give freedom for consumers to choose their operators and it will lead to much better service from operators to retain their customers.
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I dream and expect a time will come soon, there we can shift our dth providers just like we use the cellphone service now. Just remove our sim card (SmartCard in DTH), and insert the new sim card. :up:

We could expect this soon, or atleast a third player in DTH business who comes with a universal set-top-box which will work in all the DTH prviders, and we just have to buy the smartcard. Dish alignment should be vested for customers, or they can rely on any local technicians.??

TRAI should intervene in this and surely they can bring some solutions.
Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.. for tomorrow never comes.. live today!!!
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If they provide VC or Smart Card into the market it can be viewed in other FTA recievers also which have CAM.so then no need to buy DTH STBs Smile i think this is the reason they r not marketing only VCanother aspect is the service can be hacked bit easyly [already some hacked].
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