Cable TV operators and DTH service providers have opposed a move by the telecom regulator TRAI to introduce interoperability of set-top boxes (STBs), reports a business daily.
Interoperability allows users to change TV service providers without having to change their STB or dish antennae.
This is similar to the number portability introduced in mobile services.
DTH players say it is not feasible to introduce interoperability.
"No operator is making money by selling boxes, neither is the selling of boxes their core business. In fact, large part of their loss/risk is due to the fact that the operator has to subsidise the STB to be able to acquire the customer in the environment of hyper competition between various forms of TV distribution options available to the consumers,” says Reliance Digital TV.
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