Star India is likely to finalise its plans for Ku-band direct-to-home (DTH) television service within a month. The company expects that the government will be able to clarify the policy guidelines on DTH, including the on “open architecture” (non-proprietary) set-top boxes.
The DTH policy guidelines state that a DTH licensee shall ensure subscribers' interest through single conditional access technology, single subscriber management system and an 'open architecture' set top box.
The “open architecture” set top box clause has been worrying some broadcasters interested in starting DTH service in the country. According to them, no where in the world set-top boxes are manufactured which can accept any chip for any frequency on which DTH services are beamed.
As part of its proposed DTH service, Star India may include more new channels, like Sky News and Fox News, drawing from parent company News Corp's stable.