Change DTH provider, not set top box

r_m_radha

Member
Joined
Jun 18, 2006
Messages
25
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Age
51
My Satellite Setup
Comp desc: P IV 256MB Ram with 120 GB hdd
Satellite Desc : Dish TV Subscription with Zenega Receiver
My Location
India
Front page news @ Today's TimesOfIndia - Really Great...

--------------
A Mumbai resident has taken on the might of direct-to-home (DTH) service providers for allegedly bypassing a crucial licence condition of inter-operability.

Vijay Adhia has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court demanding that the central government be directed to ensure that all DTH service providers ensure technical compatibility and effective inter-operability among the set top boxes provided by different service providers.

Jamshed Mistry, advocate for the petitioner, said the DTH providers have an obligation to inform consumers that they need not change their hardware while changing service providers.

"Lakhs of consumers who have set top boxes are not aware of this provision. This is a condition laid down by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). In 2006, TRAI issued recommendations on licensing issues relating to DTH, which covered interoperability of set top boxes.

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.

In 2001, the central government decided to permit DTH service, which changed TV viewing forever. The cable operator became optional for many households that decided to get directly linked.

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, stipulated a penalty of upto Rs 50 crore for any breach.

In March this year, when Adhia—not satisfied with the services of his present operator—wanted to change, he was told that he would need a new set top box. "This is a problem across the country and since no action is taken against errant DTH providers, almost five million consumers would be affected, the petition said.
---------------
h--p://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Change_DTH_provider_not_set_top_box/rssarticleshow/2905425.cms
 

jinx1985

Member
Joined
Jan 25, 2008
Messages
26
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Age
35
My Satellite Setup
Beetel SD96 , 6ft dish, universal LNB
My Location
Nagpur,Maharastra,India
thx for the info r_m_radha bro
waiting for the result.....
 

new_dxer

Sat Hunter
Joined
Jul 17, 2006
Messages
46
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Age
49
My Satellite Setup
Dreambox 500,Diseqc HH motor
My Location
india (chhattisgarh)
Thnx man for info
 

user12148

Domine Deus
Joined
Oct 4, 2007
Messages
44
Reaction score
0
Points
0
Age
40
My Satellite Setup
Dish Tv Dth
My Location
India
good information
 

olisun

Regular Member
Joined
Sep 4, 2004
Messages
284
Reaction score
0
Points
16
Age
49
My Satellite Setup
, Fibo Gregorian 1.2mtr, Skystar 2
My Location
Hounslow
nothing is going to happen...

It doesn't make sense to have interoperable STB as a provider considering if one provider gets hacked then others are compromised as well...

But then it is bad for the consumers.
 
Top