“A mid-course corrective action had been taken by ASC Enterprises
in the form of amending subscriber’s agreement for ensuring BIS
compliant STBs,” Trai said in an official statement today. Dish
TV executives were unavailable for comments.
A reference regarding deployment of non-BIS compliant boxes by
ASC Enterprises was received by Trai, which felt that as pr licence
agreement deployment of open architecture BIS- compliant set-top
boxes was necessary.
Evidence received was examined by the regulator, subsequent to
which a hearing was given to ASC Enterprises.
In its statement Trai said that ASC Enterprises had admitted that
non-BIS compliant STBs were available in the market at a cheaper
price, compared to BIS compliant boxes supplied by its licensee
or authorised distributors.
Keeping the willingness to replace the non-compliant STBs in use
by its subscribers, Trai took a lenient view of the complaint and
directed ASC Enterprises to undertake steps to educate the subscribers
of the necessity of taking BIS-complaint boxes.
Pointing out that Dish TV has confirmed the replacement scheme
for non-BIS compliant boxes free of cost to the subscriber, Trai
in its statement today said that so far nine subscribers have opted
Any subscriber of DTH service of ASC Enterprise and using a non-BIS
compliant box can contact the nearest dealer or call at 1600-12-3474
to avail of the replacement scheme.