Doordarshan has given permission to 11 companies to manufacture set-top boxes with encryption for use on its DTH service DD Free Dish. The encryption of the service is on track and will be implemented once the stock of the set-top boxes starts reaching the market in sufficient numbers. Initially, channels that are currently using MPEG-4 will be encrypted.
DD is using an Indian software solution known as iCAS for encoding and decoding the signals. The move to encrypt the channels is aimed at improving Doordarshan’s revenue.