DD Free Dish encryption coming soon; box manufacturing starts
Rajyavardhan Rathore, junior minister for information and broadcasting today confirmed that Doordarshan has given permission to eleven companies to manufacture set top boxes with encryption for use on its DTH service DD Free Dish.
The statement confirms that the much delayed encryption of the service is on track and will be implemented once the stock of these set-top boxes starts reaching the market in sufficient numbers.
Once sufficient number of such ‘authorized’ boxes are available, DD Direct Plus will stop broadcasting some of its channels openly, and will encrypt the signals. Initially, channels that are currently using MPEG-4 will be encrypted.
In other words, subscribers who wish to watch all DD Direct Plus channels will have to buy one of the authorized boxes from one of the 11 companies who have been licensed to manufacture them.