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Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Semiconductor, Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Wireless |

Open Architecture Set-Top Box

Open Architecture Set-Top Box

Imagine a scenario where the subscriber wants to change his/her TV connection from service provider to another (say, dishtv to tatasky). He is forced to change the complete STB though dependency is only CAS component. Because of change in complete STB, features & specifications will change significantly depending on the features supported by the STB provided by the service provider. If STB has a way to plugin CAS hardware component like the smartcard or dongle, user can continue to enjoy same features. Similarly, imagine a scenario where subscriber wants to change his service from one broadcast system to another (say, cable to satellite), if STB can have a way to plugin tuner & demodulator dongle, he can continue to use same features. If a user changes a service provider, only STB-CAM hardware component has to be replaced. Similarly, if a user changes a broadcast system, STB-CAM and STB-Frontend will have to be replaced. In both the scenarios, features available in STB-Application processor will remain same for the user. With STB-CAM,...

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Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Smart Device and Wearables, Smart Devices, Telecom, Wireless | 2 comments

Cable Digitization in India: Challenges and opportunities

Cable Digitization in India: Challenges and opportunities

Number of TV households in India is about 160 million and is expected to reach 200 million by 2017. Subtracting about one-third subscribing to Direct-To-Home services, the rest are going to be touched by cable digitization. First and second phases of cable digitization that covered all metros and 38 cities with a population of over 1 million, are complete. Third and fourth phases are expected to be covered by 30th November 2014 and by 31st March 2015 respectively. This is the first major structural and technology reform cable industry is facing since its advent on the early 1990s. Started as a local, relatively unorganized, franchisee model, cable industry is moving towards an organized sector with the role of the Local Cable Operator somewhat muted. The subscriber management system and the associated Conditional Access services (including encryption of pay channels) are being carried out by the Multi System Operator (MSO). The digitization of the video and broadcast Television content provides the advantages of packing more channels in to the existing...

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