French media conglomerate Canal Plus Technologies is in talks with the Reliance group and Doordarshan to offer interactive television solutions. The company is also scouting for an Indian partner to manufacture digital set-top boxes in the country.
Canal Plus Technologies is an international provider of interactive TV software solutions, application software for cable operators, pay-TV systems, broadcast turnkey systems and fiber cable management.
According to industry sources, Canal Plus, has an understanding with Zee Telefilms, is in talks with Indian companies mainly for its conditional access software, Mediaguard, and middleware, Mediahighway.
The French company, which struck an understanding with Zee in 1999, will provide digital set-top boxes and other solutions for direct-to-home TV and interactive TV services.
Canal Plus' technologies today power more than 8.6 million digital set-top boxes and the company has granted licences to 15 manufacturers of set-top boxes.
Source: Business Standard