Set-top box portability might soon become a reality

By October 11th, 2014 AT 8:55 PM

Information and Broadcasting (I&B) minister Prakash Javadekar has stated the government is planning to bring set-top box portability to the country, otherwise called “inter-operability”. This will enable consumers to change their service providers by just replacing the chip-enabled card rather than having to buy set-top box every time they change the service provider.

“Like portability of mobile phones, the viewers should also have similar options with the set-top boxes. They should be able to put in any card of choice (of service provider) on the set-top box,” Mr. Javadekar said.

The minister also said that the ministry is working towards bringing complete benefits of digitisation to the consumers with a high quality service at affordable price points. The cap of 12 minutes of advertisement on Free-to-Air(FTA) channels might be removed soon too. This is because the move came out as “restrictive” to FTA when compared to their pay channel counterparts which make money through subscription.

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Why are people discussing MNP portability here whereas this thread is about “Set top Box” ?
By the way will this portability be applicable on old set top box also or we’ll have to buy new ones for this ?
What about portability from SD to HD STBs and vice versa ?

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They should also bring landline number portability..

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