BANGALORE, India BT Broadcast Services, the broadcasting arm of British Telecom, has signed an agreement with India's ASC Enterprises to provide direct-to-home broadcasting services.
The deal also enables European and U.S. broadcasters to access direct-to-home subscribers via the Dish TV platform in India.
Both BT and ASC Enterprises will market broadcast services that includes 3-Mbit/s capacity, encryption using Conax conditional access and provision of signals from Europe and the U.S. into India, Australia and other English-speaking markets in Asia.
The deal gives the partners access to Dish TV subscribers estimated to total 150,000 here and forecast to grow to 1.5 million subscribers. The agreement also calls for services such as standards conversion between NTSC and PAL.
The schedule for the launch of the new broadcast service was not disclosed.