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    Default Consumer Moves Supreme Court Against Non Inter-operable Dth Stb


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    The Indian DTH licence specifically spells out that DTH Set Top Boxes (STBs) must be based on an open standard so that the same box, purchased by a subscriber, would work across different DTH service providers such as Tata-Sky and Dish TV.

    However, each service provider deploys their own unique CAS (Conditional Access System) which authorises subscribers to view only those channels for which they have paid. Each CAS system is unique and forms an integral part of the secure channel delivery versus payment system.

    Therefore to enable the same box to work across different CAS systems, each box must have a slot to accept a third party's Conditional Access Module.

    As a practical example, Dish TV utilises Conax's Conditional Access System while Tata-Sky deploys NDS.

    If a Dish TV DTH STB is to be used for receiving Tata-Sky signals, the Dish TV STB must have the facility to attach an external, NDS Conditional Access Module (CAM Module). Further, Tata-Sky must provide NDS CAM modules on demand to customers of Dish TV who want to switch to TataSky.

    Today unfortunately for the consumer neither DishTV, Tata-Sky or Sun TV provide CAM modules for use with another platform's STBs. This could be perceived by consumers as a Monopolistic & Restrictive Trade Practice, and should also be challenged under MRTP provisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-BAND View Post
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    The Indian DTH licence specifically spells out that DTH Set Top Boxes (STBs) must be based on an open standard so that the same box, purchased by a subscriber, would work across different DTH service providers such as Tata-Sky and Dish TV.

    However, each service provider deploys their own unique CAS (Conditional Access System) which authorises subscribers to view only those channels for which they have paid. Each CAS system is unique and forms an integral part of the secure channel delivery versus payment system.

    Therefore to enable the same box to work across different CAS systems, each box must have a slot to accept a third party's Conditional Access Module.

    As a practical example, Dish TV utilises Conax's Conditional Access System while Tata-Sky deploys NDS.

    If a Dish TV DTH STB is to be used for receiving Tata-Sky signals, the Dish TV STB must have the facility to attach an external, NDS Conditional Access Module (CAM Module). Further, Tata-Sky must provide NDS CAM modules on demand to customers of Dish TV who want to switch to TataSky.

    Today unfortunately for the consumer neither DishTV, Tata-Sky or Sun TV provide CAM modules for use with another platform's STBs. This could be perceived by consumers as a Monopolistic & Restrictive Trade Practice, and should also be challenged under MRTP provisions.

    ROFL..... yeah right.... you go ahead and challenge that.
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    THE PETITION

    The licence condition, the petition said, clearly said that "the open architecture (non-proprietary) set top box, which will ensure technical compatibility and effective interoperability among different DTH service providers, shall have such specifications as laid down by the government from time to time.

    The petitioner said it was clear that there "should be technical compatibility and effective interoperability among the set top boxes of different service providers. In other words, changing service providers should not financially burden the consumers by having to invest in the boxes and dish antenna all over again.

    The subscribers should be able to get signal irrespective of which set top box he or she possesses.

    The licence condition, stipulates a penalty of upto Rs 50 Crore for any breach, claims the petitioner.

    EARLY HEARING

    The SC is likely to hear the matter soon. The petition has been filed in the larger public interest on the grounds that right to entertainment is part of the citizen's fundamental right.

    We will certainly keep readers informed. n

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-BAND View Post
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    THE PETITION

    The licence condition, the petition said, clearly said that "the open architecture (non-proprietary) set top box, which will ensure technical compatibility and effective interoperability among different DTH service providers, shall have such specifications as laid down by the government from time to time.

    The petitioner said it was clear that there "should be technical compatibility and effective interoperability among the set top boxes of different service providers. In other words, changing service providers should not financially burden the consumers by having to invest in the boxes and dish antenna all over again.

    The subscribers should be able to get signal irrespective of which set top box he or she possesses.

    The licence condition, stipulates a penalty of upto Rs 50 Crore for any breach, claims the petitioner.

    EARLY HEARING

    The SC is likely to hear the matter soon. The petition has been filed in the larger public interest on the grounds that right to entertainment is part of the citizen's fundamental right.

    We will certainly keep readers informed. n
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    well its only in India, that dth operators are having a monopoly and they get away with anything trai should take action on the same to ensure , consumers have the benefit here , with big tv launch happening shortly, lot of changes are expected to happen, also the costing of most of the packages is going up from 1 june in tata sky this has again made the end users suffer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dushie View Post
    again made the end users suffer
    What suffer from to much choice of TV or suffer from something else?

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    This is only a re-run of what happened in the European courts a few years ago, with NDS media, and the use or availability of NDS CAM's in non-propriety receivers.

    The case went for a couple of years and in the end the partitioners collapsed, due to lack of funds.

    It's quite simple Dish TV is a private concern, and is only responsible to it's stock holders, if the governments of countries in which it operates object to the way it does business. They will simply pull the plug, if it's uneconomical to continue to provide a service. And there's no reason why they should give someone else a slice of the action.
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    Cool


    But atleast they can sell their card along with the cam. They are now forcing us to buy dish, lnb, cable, stb and also need to pay for installition charges which comes to 40-100% of the total cost

 

 

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