September 2018

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Q: I am unable to receive Fashion TV (FTV) since August 6.

Have they stopped transmissions over India?

Or shifted frequency? What is their new frequency?

Dinesh Paranjapr - Via WhatsApp

ANS: Yes, FTV India seems to have shut down.

But the Asia channels can be received on C Band from:

 Apstar 7 @ 76.5 deg East

 Downlink 3780 V

 Symbol Rate 30,000

 FEC 3/4

Both SD as well as HD feeds are available Free-To- Air of their Asia feeds.

CAUTION - Fashion TV had a downlink license for their India specific feed - FTV India.

The Asia feed is most likely un-licensed by the Indian government, and hence illegal to retransmit on Cable TV networks in our country.


Q: Has the Tariff Order passed by the Madras High Court been finalised?

Regarding the clauses in the Madras High Court order - have they been accepted or are they challenged in the Supreme Court?

When will the tariff order be finalised and implemented? Thank you.

By WhatsApp: +91 98X13 XX712

ANS: Star India has already move the Supreme Court, challenging the Madras High Court's majority verdict.

However, the TRAI has commenced implementation of its tariff order, subject to a final decision by the Apex Court.

The implementation schedule that all have to adhere to is:

The industry awaits the Supreme Court's final verdict at an early date to facilitate enthusiastic implementation of the order.


Q: Can I start a Digital Headend, delivering only Free- To-Air channels, without CAS & without a DAS license? My plan is that my system will use only Free To Air Set Top Boxes, which will be much cheaper.

Please advise.

Shankar Gouda - By E-mail


  1. Every Digital Headend MUST have a DAS Headend license from the I&B ministry, New Delhi. Unfortunately, the I&B ministry has not issued a single DAS Headend license for the past 18 months. The I&B minister has promised to look onto the matter. We have highlighted this in a separate article in this issue.
  2. Every channel sent out from a digital headend must be encrypted with a Conditional Access System (CAS). Even Doordarshan Channels from a DAS Headend must be encrypted.
  3. Since all channels must be encrypted on a digital cable TV network, you cannot use Free-To-Air Digital STBs on a Cable TV network.

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