Thursday, 9 June 2016

Can Infrastructure be Shared in Broadcasting Sector

Broadcasting Industry today has grown to an enormous size in the country. Each Distribution Platform Operator (DPO) retransmits on an average 350 satellite TV channels along with other services that may be unique for that particular operator. Most of the re-transmitted satellite TV channels are common across the operators.

CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2016: Seizing New Growth Opportunities Amidst Technological and Economic Changes

The emergence of new technologies in the satellite industry, including the arrival of HTS GSO and NGSO systems, is prompting the industry to embrace a substantial shift – from offering one-size-fits-all capacity to creating value propositions better tailored to customers’ fast-growing, diverse demand and the price pressures in dynamic economic circumstances. 

‘ICT Entrepreneurship for Social Impact’ WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION DAY 2016

PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry celebrated World Telecom Day organizing a conference on Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs) Entrepreneurship for Social Impact on May 17, 2016 at PH D House, New Delhi.

Interconnect Agreements Must Be Transparent and Non Discriminatory

TRAI holds open house discussion on Register of Interconnection Agreements

Net Neutrality in Focus once again

The telecom industry in India has grown tremendously, both in terms of penetration as well as connectivity. Today, India is one of the fastest growing information and communication technologies markets in the world, fuelled largely by the cellular mobile revolution. Starting from a few million connections in 1997, we now have more than a billion connections, with 97.5% of them being wireless subscribers. With this, the overall teledensity in India at the end of 2015 stood at 81.83%.

Quality of Service Regulations under Review

Quality of Service (QoS) and Quality of Experience (QoE) are two important aspects related to performance of communication services. The QoS is defined as totality of characteristics of a telecommunications service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated and implied needs of the user of the service. The QoE is defined as ‘The overall acceptability of an application or service, as perceived subjectively by the end-user. QoS focuses on network performance parameters and their objective quantification as a set of service parameters whereas QoE focuses on user- perceived effects. Better QoS is expected to result in enhanced QoE.

Registration open for new MSOs Phase III & IV

According to the updated list of DAS MSOs on the MIB website, 25 new provisional licences have been issued on 23 May 2016, making a total of 38 licences issued in May so far.

Broadcasters Pulled up for not Complying with Tariff Orders

On 9th May, the Telecom Authority of India (TRAI), in exercise of the powers conferred upon it under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, to protect the interest of service providers and consumers, directed all the broadcasters of pay channels to strictly comply with the provisions of clause 3C of Tariff Order, 2004 and clause 4 of the Tariff Order, 2010 at the time of providing signals of TV channels including in term of CPS agreements.

TRAI Rolls back 27.5% tariff hike post SC Judgement

After the TDSAT pointed out and the Supreme Court upheld the decision, the Telecom Regulator TRAI accepted that there is a healthy growth in the industry with rise in revenues outstripping the increasing inflation over the years and therefore concluded that inflation linked hike provided earlier vide Eleventh Tariff Amendment Order and thirteenth Tariff Amendment Order dated 31st March 2014 and 31st December 2014 respectively are not required at present.

Virtual Networks-a New Opportunity

Digitisation is almost complete in the country and now is the time to look ahead and go for IP based Next Generation Networks (NGN) that will enable MSOs to deliver not only hundreds of TV channels but also many broadband services to boost their revenue. The Gove rnment now allows the MSOs to become Virtual Network Operator (VNO) to carry all telecom services without being a telecom or ISP operator.

Regulations undergoing an Overhaul

Result of the recently held Assembly Elections in four states namely Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and in Union Territory Puducherry has made the ruling BJP jubilant as it has won a majority in Assam and made some in roads in the unchartered territories. Rumour is that it has made BJP confident of finding a solution to pass the GST Bill in the Parliament as well as bring other changes in the business environment of the country. 

Friday, 9 October 2015

Modi’s US visit boosts up the New Media market

PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US last month gave a fillip to the New Media industry in the country. He made many media and technology giants like Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Qualcom and Cisco promise to invest heavily in projects in the country. It is a good sign for the Nation that has been facing numerous economic and political problem in the past. Let us hope Modi can make his Ministers and bureaucrats follow it up to see results on the ground as early as possible.
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Last Mile Operator Pushed to the Wall

Time the Governments review the regulations rather than let the small stakeholders rush to the Courts.

TRAI Amends Tariff Orders, directed by the courts

Ever since the process of implementing digitization started, courts have been kept extremely busy. Almost every regulation and Tariff order framed by the Regulator has been challenged in different courts. TDSAT, the sector tribunal gets the maximum load. 

Sunil Arora the New I&B Secretary to don the Crown of Thorns

On 31 August 2015 Shri Sunil Arora, a 1980 batch Rajasthan cadre IAS officer, has assumed charge as Secretary in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB). Prior to this appointment, Arora was Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India.

Malwa Cable Operators (Punjab) seek CBI probe against Fastway

Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked the CBI why the agency should not investigate a case of alleged harassment of small cable operators in Punjab's Malwa region, in a notice given on Agency on 23 September 2015. Notices have also been issued to state Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, Punjab Director General of Police, Punjab Home Secretary, MD of Fastway Transmission and others on a plea by the Malwa Cable Operators Asociation.

‘NXT DIGITAL’ HITS A Service to help the smallest LCO go Digital

Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Ministry of Information & Broadcasting on 16 September 2015 launched the Headend-In-The -Sky (HITS) digital platform initiative, under the brand name NXT DIGITAL promoted by Hinduja Group in presence of Hinduja Ventures Chairman Ashok Hinduja and others.

Demystifying Set Top Box Manufacturing

Consumer Electronics Industry Body 'CEAMA' organized a seminar on Make in India with the theme  with the theme ‘Demystifying Set Top Box Manufacturing ‘ in co-operation with Deity & MIB, Govt. of India on 08 September at Hotel Crowne  Plaza, Electronic City, Bangaluru.

Last Mile Challenge Are we achieving our objective of Digital India

Universalizing Internet service is a foundational part of the Digital India initiative. Fewer than 20 percent Indians currently have access to the Internet, most of them on a very constrained and expensive mobile telephony mode. Government of India has initiated the ambitious National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) project aimed at reaching fibre to every panchayat in India. However, there seems to be a conspicuous policy blind-spot regarding how connectivity will be carried from this NOFN backhaul to people's homes, local businesses, and local institutions like schools, hospitals and community centres. The current policy belief is that there is such immense demand for Internet connectivity that private players, whether state/ national level companies or local entrepreneurs, will quickly grasp the NOFN opportunity to build viable retail models. Facts on the ground however belie such hopes.

No Level Playing Field for Regional MSOs

A regional MSO highlights the problems faced by the small MSOs, trying to become DAS MSO.

The Ball goes back into TRAI’s Court

The Bombay High Court directs TRAI to intervene and resolve issues related to Interconnection Agreements between MSOs and LCOs in the DAS notified areas.

Infocomm India Grows from Strength to Strength

Record Visitor Attendance Cement InfoComm India’s Position as the Nation’s Premier Professional Audiovisual (Pro-AV) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Tradeshow.

The stage is set for Indigenous STB Manufacturing

On the side lines of a Workshop organised by CEAMA on ‘Demystifying STB Manufacturing’ a Bangaluru on 08 September, ‘Cable Quest’ spoke to Ankan Biswas, Chairman, Digital Broadcast Council of CEAMA on the state of indigenous manufacturing of STBs. Here are some facts on the industry, state after four years of Digitisation.

The Biggest Wave Makers in the Broadcast Industry Descend on CASBAA Convention 2015

In a year of undeniable sea-change within the broadcast industry, the debate at this year’s CASBAA Convention at its new venue at Hong Kong’s Intercontinental Hotel promises to be hotter than ever. With the theme ‘Making Waves’, the convention has secured an impressive line up of speakers comprising of key industry players from all over the world. From global media giants such as AOL and Virgin Media to regional players such as China Media Capital, this year’s convention will waste no time in getting to the heart of the most pertinent issues facing the cable and satellite industry today.

THE BROADCAST INDIA SHOW 2015 15-17 October 2015, Mumbai Celebrating 25 glorious years of the Broadcast India Show

The Broadcast India Show 2015 organised by Saicom Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. Will have a special flavor this time as the show will celeberate its silver jubilee this time. The show will be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E) in Mumbai, India from 15 – 17 October 2015.

Making Sense of OTT Revenue Security

Internet delivered video services present content providers and operators with promising new revenue opportunities, but implementation and maintenance of these services adds increased complexity and significant costs in the short-term. Security for these services also has to the growing range of consumer electronics and mobile devices that are the dominant ways of accessing media content. 

The Top Five Technologies for Improving Internet Connectivity in India

Stirred by advances in broadband and data streaming technology, consumer appetite for in-home entertainment and theIndian government’s ambitious plans to connect more than 250,000 remote panchayats (villages)to the Internet, a wide array of operators have jumped into the booming market for delivering video content to the home. 

Cloud Technology for TV Broadcasters

Broadcasting as an industry is at the cusp of change. The internet has transformed into a viable and highly desirable content distribution infrastructure. This, in turn is leading to tectonic shifts across the industry, enabling end-user distribution opportunities for broadcasters.

New Media Changing Everyday Life

With great pride, Cable Quest presents the ‘Broadcast and New Media’ special supplement, full of very relevant information for the industry. The way smart-phone and tablet numbers are increasing in India and youths are moving on to social media, New Media is gaining importance in our everyday life, like never before.

We assure better revenues to LMOs

Lukup Media operates India’s first on demand and multi-screen TV service based on IP. Set up in 2010, the company currently operates an OTT platform powered by the Lukup Player, a multi-screen home gateway that brings internet delivered content to Televisions and other consumer devices.  

Multiplatform Distribution of Content

Content distribution methods have evolved as the consumer demands changed and new technologies emerged.

The uncontrolled Social Media

One of the main reasons for Modi Government to come up in power was an effective use of social media, however the same has become the biggest hurdle for the government to manage and control the anti government use of social media by many people who are accusing the PM, Narendra Modi for too much twittering and too less action.

Carry Your Recorded Television Content With Tata Sky+ 'Transfer'

Allows customers to view their favourite content on their smartphones without any data usage

Thursday, 10 September 2015

TDSAT Seminar At Nainital Held at ATI, Nainital, Uttarakhand on 22 August 2015 Broadcast Industry does not run on Principles and Good trade practices- Chairperson TDSAT

If  there is any organisation sincerely working for the success of digitalisation in the country, it is the industry Tribunal, TDSAT. The Tribunal is the only organisation creating maximum awareness among the stakeholders and consumers regarding implementation of Digitisation. 

TRAI Tariff orders to be revamped 27.5 percent inflation linked tariff hike set aside

All Tariff Orders of TRAI for television distribution services are in for a revision, thanks to the Supreme Court declining to stay the order of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) setting aside the amendments in two tariff orders, which had sought to put an inflation-linked hike of 27.5 per cent on addressable and non-addressable systems.

TRAI Releases Telecom Consumers Protection Regulations, 2015

Consumer is most confused regarding his billing of data usage by telecom and mobile operators. TRAI, the sector regulator has issued new regulations to keep a check on this.

No More Security Clearance for MSOs Provisional MSOs to get 10-year licences in due course

The Home Ministry has last month officially informed the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry that it will not insist on security clearance for multi system operators (MSOs) for digital addressable television for cable television.

A little known studio creates ‘Baahubali’ Grandeur

Makuta VFX, a studio from Hyderabad has taken the whole world of animation and VFX by storm, creating the biggest blockbuster in India. Cable Quest reached Hyderabad to bring this first hand information about the studio that has become world famous with the unprecedented success of ‘Baahubali’

TRAI Open House becomes a battleground for stakeholders

The Open House Discussion (OHD) on commercial tariffs held on 18 August at PHD Chambers of Commerce at Delhi, became a battleground between broadcasters and distribution platform, with broadcasters demanding more revenue from commercial establishment and distribution companies wanting no distinction between commercial and domestic subscribers.

RIO – A big hurdle in Digitisation

The published RIO rates are often used as a means to arm-twist the distribution platforms from going the RIO way and to dissuade the end consumer from being able to make a-la-carte choices as per his/her preferences.

'Mann Ki Baat ' On Digitisation

It is surprising that mandatory digitisation that touches 160 million TV households or 800 million people in the country has not come under PM's scrutiny.

Telangana sets December 31 deadline for cable TV to go digital

Cable TV industry in the south saw the latest technologies at display at the Cable Net Expovision 2015, held at the Hitex ground, Hyderabad, 12-14 August.

TRAI Gets a New Chief Ram Sewak Sharma takes charge

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced last month that Mr. R.S.Sharma has taken over as Chairman, w.e.f. 10th of August, 2015. Ram Sewak Sharma is a 1978-batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre.

Can Mind Control Machines

Not only control machines through mind, last month Scientists achieved the first remote human-to-human brain interface, when Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal over the Internet that moved the hand of colleague Andrea Stocco—even though Stocco was sitting all the way across the University of Washington's campus.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

A Tough road ahead for Phase III

In the last two task force meetings held on 20th April and 27th May 2015 respectively in the I&B Ministry for implementing Phase-III of DAS stakeholders have been only projecting their problems and did not talk of the progress made. According to our reports, hardly 10% of the 47 million STBs have been seeded in the Phase III. Infact, the report says that one prominent national MSO has not ordered a single STB for Phase III. Less than six months are left to complete Phase-III that covers about 39 million Cable TV households in 630 districts encompassing 7709 urban areas. 

Consumer Interest overlooked by Channels PayTV channels fail to adhere to TRAI’s Ad Cap

In a recent report uploaded by TRAI on its website, it was found that nearly 140 Pay TV channels have gone against the Standards of Quality of Service Regulations by failing to stick to the advertisement code set out in the Cable Television Networks Rules 1994. According to the quarterly report received by TRAI from the broadcasters, nearly 101 general entertainment television channels and 39 news channels aired more than 12 minutes of advertisements (both commercial and self promotional) per hour between 23rd February and 1st March this year. Out of these, six news channels aired more than 20 minutes of ads per hour during its prime time starting from 7pm to 10 pm. However, the figures mentioned here constitutes only a part of the industry, while most of the channels have failed to submit their report.

Best Deal TV revolutionizes home shopping in India

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and entrepreneur Raj Kundra have partnered to launch Best Deal TV, a celebrity-driven 24/7 Home shopping Channel. Best Deal TV is the first celebrity-driven TV Commerce channel in India and has inked endorsement deals with major A-list celebrities and top TV stars in the country. 

Broadcast Asia 2015

Asia's leading infocomm technology and broadcasting industry to announce major launches and partnerships event maintains its position as platform of choice for SINGAPORE, 5 June 2015 – Over the past four days, Marina Bay Sands has been abuzz with activity as CommunicAsia2015, EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015 brought the movers and shakers of the infocomm technology (ICT) and broadcasting industry together under one roof.

CONSUMER ISSUES IN BROADCASTING AND REDRESSAL OF GRIEVANCES

Even after three years of digitization, Consumer is still not in a deciding position and no market forces exist in India in broadcasting sector in the Digital domain. It is because monopolies of a few big players are still rampant. TRAI has made regulations to curb monopolies but its recommendations are not in force. TRAI must exercise its power to regulate ‘Pay’ channels in every way clearly differentiating between ‘Pay’ channels and FTA channels including their tariff, ad duration and distribution.

Digital Transformation is not an IT Project but a Business Imperative, Say Experts at Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Enterprise Transformation Summit 2015

Ubiquity in High-speed Broadband, Business Models, Regulations, and Technology Adoption Need to go Hand-in-Hand to take Indian Enterprises to the Next Level in Digital Transformation