DTH players invite panel's flak

The subscribers get discouraged to change the operator as their Set Top Boxes (STBs) do not provide options of using another player’s card even as the STBs can technically be made inter-operable. “DTH operators have been found guilty of violating Sections 3 and 4 of the CCI Act. We will soon send them a notice, which is kind of a show cause, to which they would have to respond in 15 days.

After that the Commission will take decision on what action to take against the operators,” a senior official of CCI said. The move follows the Director General (Investigation) of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) having found DTH operators guilty of limiting consumer’s option to choose one network, while using another company’s set-top box by not making their STB’s technically inter-operable. “Since a Conditional Access Module (CAM) — a card that facilitates feeds of one or more service provider to be read by STBs of another manufacturer — is absent, the STBs are not technically inter-operable,” the official said.
DTH operators did not respond to the queries sent by PTI.

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