As per the statement given to Lok Sabha by the I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has taken up the issue relating to development of interoperable STBs that should be compatible across operators using same platforms.
He said: “The matter involves a complex R&D (Research and Development) process to devise a widely acceptable solution among the stakeholder.”
The Minister added that the STB provided by a service provider is tightly coupled with Conditional Access System (CAS) deployed by the Service Provider. “The interoperability of STBs is a complex issue involving the issue of probable piracy of content.”
He further told the Lok Sabha: “It basically requires taking care of disparate requirements such as technical neutrality, innovation, flexibility and low cost of STB etc. STBs in the market used different compression technique, Coding technique, Encryption system, Middleware and operating system. These technical options make it unique and complicate the interoperability.”