EuroStar To Distribute NagraVision CAS

Chennai: | Updated: Jul 25 2002, 05:30am hrs
Swiss company NagraVision, the leading international manufacturer of conditional access systems (CAS) for digital TV and broadband Internet, has appointed Chennai-based Eurostar Network Private Ltd as the sole authorised distributor of its digital CAS for pay channels.

Steel baron LN Mittal-owned satellite channel B4U Music is the first customer for the NagraVision CAS, according to Eurostar managing director Harry T Jethwani.

“These systems are encrypted for greater security and are completely hacker-proof,” he said. The systems cost between $175,000 and 300,000 per unit.

Eurostar, which is a marketer and manufacturer of satellite receiving systems, is already a major supplier of digital receivers to most free-to-air channels in the country. The pay channels, however, require more secure access to information, which includes encryption and access rights management. The uplinking signals are formated in such a way that only authorised persons (those who have paid the subscription, in this case) can gain access to them while others cannot intercept the signals.

The company has also recently entered into a technological tie-up with Dalvi of the UK to manufacture inexpensive basic analogue set-top-boxes useful for scrambling TV channels priced at Rs 2,500 per unit. Currently, an imported analog set-top-box costs around Rs 5,000, while a complete broadband pay TV CAS costs upwards of Rs 10,000.