"We will roll out encrypted STBs in April. The OEMs are under evaluation," DD director general Supriya Sahu said. "The MPEG 4 STBs will have 24 channels. We will add capacity in phases," she added.
The authorised OEMs will sell Doordarshan-approved CAS and firmware/ middleware-enabled STBs.
The long-term goal is for FreeDish to offer 250 channels via MPEG-4 STBs. Additional transponders will be required for this.
Currently FreeDish has 6 Ku band transponders. It provides 80 MPEG-2 TV channels and 30 radio stations. 24 MPEG-4 TV channels + 10 radio stations will initially be added on MPEG-4 STBs.
Industry pundits are sceptical of the success of proprietary, encrypted STBs. Will the move kill the DD FREE DISH goose that lays golden eggs, via huge carriage fees for Doordarshan ? Let's wait & see.....
Source : Internet