Interoperability of STBs for DTH still a distant dream

Niraj Rathod

29 Oct 2011
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None of the six private direct-to-home operators are providing interoperable set top boxes, despite license conditions at Articles 7.1 and 7.2 of the Guidelines are clear that these should be based on open architecture (non-proprietory).

Information and Broadcasting Ministry sources said that the Guidelines wanted inter-operability to ensure technical compatibility and effective interoperability among different DTH service providers and conformity to the specifications as laid down by the Government from time to time.

The STBs were not interoperable because all the DTH operators were using different technologies and standards for signal compression and transmission.

The sources told the Guidelines were also clear that the licensee shall ensure the subscriber's interests through a Conditional Access System which is compatible with an open architecture STB.
My dish tv box is lying ideal bcoz of these interportablity problem :wall
The private operators are making only money, not serving people at all.
My Tata Sky box is now of no use and I have to buy Videocon d2h STB to watch their services.
If portability was possible, I could save my hard earned money.
We hope like Mobile Number Portability, soon we can see DTH Portability.
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