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Interoperable set tops arriving in India – inspired by US failure?

TRAI (The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has decided to take a leaf out of the country’s ever-growing mobile market book to support the longevity of cable and satellite TV operators – by introducing the idea of interoperable set tops. Remember the FCC’s controversial open set top proposal in the US? Fast forward a little over two years since the plans were abandoned and we have a similar initiative sprouting in India – one which is unlikely to face anything near the same levels of opposition expressed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Chairman of the Indian telecommunications regulator, R S Sharma, has said TV viewers in India will be able to switch their service providers for cable and DTH by…

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