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General News DD DG assesses preparedness of MPEG4 STB roll-out
[Image: Doordarshan1.jpg]MUMBAI: Pubcaster Doordarshan’s DG Supriya Sahu on Thursday visited the ByDesign facilities in Bengaluru to assess the preparedness of MPEG4 set top box (STB) roll-out for its free direct to home (DTH) service Freedish.

“DD team visited ByDesign facilities to assess the preparedness for roll out of MPEG 4 iCAS enabled new boxes of DD Free Dish in Electronic city at Bengaluru. It was impressive to see the state of art equipment and manufacturing capabilities made in India,” Sahu posted on her Twitter account.

Earlier, Sahu had told that the encrypted STBs will be rolled-out from April. However, the launch got delayed.

DD has selected five STB manufacturers for supplying encrypted MPEG4 STBs. These original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are Modern Communication and Broadcast System, Velankani Electronics, BGM Holding Company, KMTS Engineering, and Millennium Technology.

The authorised OEMs will have to integrate their STBs with the iCAS and DD approved Firmware/Middleware.

The STB OEM will have to provide the duly certified integration testing report from the iCAS OEM and the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification.

DD will test five such STBs and on successful integration and testing of the STBs, it will issue a letter of intent to the STB OEM.

The STB OEM will be required to submit the requisite Performance Bank Guarantee (PBG) amount to Doordarshan within 15 days of issues of letter of Intent.

After receipt of the PBG amount, Doordarshan will enter into an agreement with the STB OEM authorising it to sell iCAS and DD approved firmware/middleware enabled STBs in India for reception of DD Free Dish DTH Service.

STB OEMs have to contact ByDesign in Bangalore for all STB integration and certification related to iCAS platform.

The roll-out of encrypted STBS will allow Freedish to keep a tab on its subscriber numbers. It will also help in increasing the channel carrying capacity to 104 channels up from the 80 channels it offers currently.


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