09-09-2010, 06:32 PM
Nepal's first national DTH satellitenetwork has begun transmissionand simultaneously placed anorder with Latens and Indieon toenhance its monitoring andsecurity options.Dish TV, operated by Kathmandu-based Dish Media Network, andbroadcast via Intelsat, will nowprovide subscribers with up to 80channels of both Nepalese andEnglish-language content, from its uplink facility at Mercantile.Latens software conditionalaccess system (CAS) and IndieonSTB, combined with IndieonMiddleware provides featuressuch as interactive electronicprogramme guides, pay-per-view,near video-on-demand, localisedadvertising and informationservices.The Nepalese operator plans tochange the way films and contentare viewed and consumed byusing USB-PVR across the using USB-PVR across thepopulation. With another 40channels slated for next year,including exclusive cricketbroadcasts in HD, Dish TV isexpecting 700,000 subscribers infive years - about 50 per cent ofthe addressable population."We made a conscious choice togo with [the cardless technology]as it helped us monetise muchfaster at a fraction of the cost inthe most secure manner,"explained Laxmi Paudiyal, explained Laxmi Paudiyal,Managing Director, Dish TV. "Thiswill help up break even muchfaster and give our shareholdersgreater returns and, of course,the subscribers would get toview digital pay-TV in all itscompleteness."Rahul Nehra, Regional Director,Asia for Latens Systems, said: "Cardless solutions have been thetalk of the town but this isamongst the first realimplementation across the globe.The operator saves more than 60% on the card and logistics andmore than 75% over thetraditional year-long painfulswaps, which cost the operatortime, money and subscribers.Software CAS substantiallyenhances security against smartcard sharing or cloning. Theoperator can now actually for thefirst time, perhaps, control hisbusiness from a security andaccess point of view."