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Dish TV mulls multi-layer security CAS to ward off security threats

MUMBAI: Dish TV is actively considering adoption of multi-layer conditional access system (CAS) to ward off potential security threats as well as to enhance system efficiency going forward.

The direct-to-home (DTH) company is also mulling deployment of set-top boxes (STBs) supporting card-less technology simultaneously.

In view of expanding business and service requirements, Dish TV recently issued a request for proposal (RFP) to leading CAS vendors across the globe. Companies that expressed interest include some of the world’s leading CAS providers including Irdeto, Viaccess, Pace, Verimatrix, Cisco, Nagra, Nstv, Conax, Civolution-Nexguard, CRI and SMI.

Dish TV is currently evaluating all proposals received on a strict core security benchmark and shall select multiple partners keeping its business interests in mind.

The company currently uses Conax card-based CAS from Nagra and will adopt simulcrypting technology going ahead.

Dish TV plans to deploy around 15-20 million STBs incorporating multilayer CAS solutions over a period of five years and is hopeful of completing the selection process by December 2015.

Dish TV has more than 13 million subscribers and is part of the Essel Group, which also provides digital cable television services through Siti Cable.