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    Is it possible to purchase any set top box and insert VC from any DTH companies to view the channels? Take the case of DD Direct plus for instance. We can buy a local STB, and start watching FTA channels. What if I need to see some pay channels? Is there an kind of services available in India?

    Also, most of the private DTH service providers have "paired" the STB with the Viewing Card (VC), so the point of having a "card" has become pointless. Why cant they just integrate the card into the STB?

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    Hmmm you have a point about having the card integrated, but then again maybe its not something which can be integrated. At times when you dont get signal or viewing stops, your advised to take the card out and insert it back in, which then makes the channels resume.

    What you could do is try your card on someone elses set top box (ovbiously from another dth service provider) and see if it works. Also you can try calling a DTH provider and see what they. Its worth a shot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nevinjohn View Post
    Is it possible to purchase any set top box and insert VC from any DTH companies to view the channels? Take the case of DD Direct plus for instance. We can buy a local STB, and start watching FTA channels. What if I need to see some pay channels? Is there an kind of services available in India?

    Also, most of the private DTH service providers have "paired" the STB with the Viewing Card (VC), so the point of having a "card" has become pointless. Why cant they just integrate the card into the STB?

    Anyone, any clues?
    On a paid DTH service, the subscriber id, the STB serial number and VC Number are all linked together and paired as you pointed out. Hence it is difficult to use some different STB with a DTH provider. STB portability is not something that is implemented here in India. It is not implemented at other places also. But in the west, the DTH service is sold with a minimum term plan and Dish-LNB/STB/VC are given free with the service. Hence it does not matter out there.

    The point of pairing STB with VC is very explicit if I am say so. It is to prevent taking your VC at someone else's place to watch channels. As a benefit, it renders theft of the VC useless.
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    Well, the thought of stealing the VC make sense, but one can steal the box as well!
    I was referring to an instance where I was on a vacation and the resort I stayed had the Dish TV connection with limited channels. Then this thought popped up in my mind... taking my VC and using it there, anyway it's useless as, as those things are paired!!!

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    I wonder how those people who use Indian DTH services in Pakistan manage to smuggle millions of boxes every year pared with the VC ofcourse. From what I know DTH from Indian providers is banned there but there are so many houses with Tata sky and Dish tv there.

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    Well, the DTH providers are banned, but the satellite footprint is still available there. I dont know about Pakistan, but the same is happening in Middle East. The electronic boards are smuggled, and assembled once they reach the destination. The cost of TV subscription is too high that when compared I can have the HD pack full channels of Dish TV, for the basic package that I have to pay for the TV service providers of UAE! Another advantage of Dish TV users in UAE is the the satellite they use...NSS6, which has a greater foot print than INSAT, which is being used by other DTH providers like TATASky and Airtel!

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    Good for the Indian economy. It does make me wonder that how could such a massive operation run so smoothly The DTH operators are in on this I guess. Else how would the recharging thing work every month because they must have some Indian address registered right?

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    Legally, the DTH services as provided in India are not to be broadcasted/downloaded outside India. But who is to stop the following:

    - a subscriber gets a DTH connection in India
    - the STB and VC are taken abroad
    - someone installs a small dish/LNB (available cheap) and links to the satellite (all you need is the direction/coordinates and a simple signal strength checker)
    - run the cable down to the apartment

    Recharges can be done from India/abroad. All you need is a net banking account.
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    Just thought would let every one know that there is no DTH company in Pakistan The only DTH available there is from Indian providers. There are millions of DTH connections there all exported illegally and they pay almost double the money for recharges to retail shopkeepers.

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