September 2017

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Q: I have 2 questions:

1. I receive a digital signal from a DEN DAS headend. I want to insert local channels in the DEN feed, by my MSO is not giving me the permission. Hence, I want to insert local channels without his permission. How can I do this? Somebody told me I can get an encoder and service Id, and then insert the local channel, via the encoder. Please suggest a solution.

2. I have card-less Set Top Box. When portability comes, can I port this box? I have been told that I cannot port a cardless STB. I can only port a Card STB.

So what is the truth ? Please clarify. Thank you.

Name & Details Withheld on request.

ANS: Thank you for your message.

1. The DAS MSO is legally held responsible for the content on all locally generated Cable TV Channels on the network. If any channel carries pirated content, the CEO of the MSO can be imprisoned and the Headend sealed. Further piracy is a cognizable offence, i.e. the the accused can be jailed without an arrest warrant. Hence it is understandable that DAS MSOs will not provide you the facility to transmit a Local Digital Channel on their DAS network.

A local channel's Service Id is created and given by the DAS headend. The service Id informs STBs the parameters to receive the local digital channel, and that is why it can only be created by the DAS Headend, which will also need to mention it in their EPG.

2. As detailed in this issue, Interoperable STBs will be enabled, primarily by all STBs incorporating and using a common (iCAS) Conditional Access System. If your STB does not include iCAS, it will have to include iCAS to become interoperable. The Interoperable STBs could be Cardless or use a Card, for their other CAS (besides iCAS) installed on the same STB. Card CAS is not a critical condition.

ByDesign who have developed iCAS, financed by the Indian government, will be present at SCaT 2017. You can meet them at the Show (World trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Near Taj President Hotel, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, 12 to 14th October 2017) and discuss this matter in detail with them.


Q: I am regular reader of your magazine I want to start mini headend in my village for about 550 connections.

I don't know how to get a DAS licence and how to install the system. What amount will I need to spend ? Where can I purchase the equipment ?

Please provide me the details.

Shiddu Yaranal, By E-mail.

ANS: 1. In our past magazines we have carried detailed article on how to apply for a DAS MSO license. It is issued by the I&B ministry, in new Delhi.

The details are also available on our website, home page : The application fee is ₹ 1 Lakh.


The I&B ministry has declared that from 1 September 2017, it will only accept DAS MSO license applications online. Applications are to be submitted at: or

Detailed procedure guidelines for submitting online applications have been provided on both these websites.

We have also provided additional information on the move to online applications, in another article in this issue - "DAS MSO LICENSE: ONLINE ONLY"

To date the I&B ministry has issued 1,455 DAS MSO licenses, and continues to issue new DAS MSO licenses. All DAS MSO licenses now issued are valid for setting up an MSO anywhere in India.

2. The cost of the DAS headend can vary from about ₹ 20 Lakhs to ₹ 1 Crore, depending on the number of Pay channels and the Hardware brands. The cost of STBs is extra. Setting up and maintaining the CAS is a major effort that requires computer expertise.

The SCaT 2017 tradeshow will be held at the World Trade Centre, Mumbai from 12th to 14th October 2017. Entry is free. Do visit, since there will be a large number of DAS Headend & Digital STB vendors. It will enable you to understand the different products offered and compare their prices and features, to select the one best suited to your needs and budget.


Q: I'm a small cable operator. How do I get my LCO licence?

Durugesha Dish, By E-mail.

ANS: Now, according to law all analog cable TV transmissions throughout India should have been discontinued.

All LCOs must compulsorily carry digital cable TV signals only.

All LCOs and MSOs must compulsorily obtain new DAS licences for their operations.

The DAS LCO licence continues to be issued by your local head post office. This is the same local head post office from where you had earlier obtained your Analog LCO licence.

We have carried links to download the DAS LCO and MSO licence application formats on our website home page (

The digital LCO licence format can be downloaded from: LCO-Application-Form.pdf


Q: We are Signet Digital Pvt. Ltd, a Cable TV MSO with operations covering the entire Vasai Taluka, in Maharashtra, outside Mumbai.

Recently we have been approached by so called 'broadcasters' who are offering TV channels via an android box. (TV channels like Zainabia channel, Namma TV and Ek Onkara which are not available in permitted channel list issued by TRAI.

So is it legal to carry such channels on our network, or do these broadcasters required special licence from the authority?

Please advice.

Mahendra M Jadhav,
Head - Technical & Operations,
Signet Digital Pvt. Ltd., By E-Mail.

ANS: The channels that you have mentioned are all available, streamed via the internet. While on the internet, they can be received as internet content, without any permission.

However, if these channels are delivered to your headend (via an android box, or any other means) and they are re-transmitted as Cable TV channels, it is completely illegal.

Cable TV networks can only re transmit channels that are licensed by the I&B ministry, for downlinking into India. No other channels can be carried by Cable TV networks, unless you show them as your local channel. You, the MSO is completely responsible for all the content carried in any local channel. The penalties are severe, and include imprisonment of the owner of the Headend / MSO and confiscation of the Cable TV Headend equipment.

In view of some non-approved channels carrying anti national content, the Indian government is now very strictly monitoring and enforcing carriage of TV channels only as per the approved list.

I would strongly recommend that you do not retransmit a single TV channel on your network which has not been approved by the Indian I&B ministry for downlinking.

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