Thursday, 21 August 1997

DTH BANNED-After Effects

Technology Caught in the Crossfire Between Article 19 (1) and 19 (2)
For the last few months Direct-To-Home (DTH) has been the talk of the town, courtesy Rupert Murdoch & Co. led by Mr.R.Basil, a former Director General of Doordarshan. In fact it has become a kind of war between opposing parties. 

Intenational Regulator: Will it be Possible?

IF there can be International Airport Authority to Supervise the air trafficking, In-terpol for international policing. Why cannot we hope to have an International satellite Broadcasting Authority on the same lines?
Globalisation of economy has compacted the distances across the countries in such a way that whole world is a global village. The euphoria has been catalyzed by the technological advances. The provision of satellite-telephony, video-conferencing, hotline, as well as the Internet has made people from deferent parts of the globe live inside a technological home. The evolution of information highway and the global market is expected to generate some sort of internationalisation of thought, culture, tradition technology, education and related in formations. 

Wednesday, 13 August 1997

Aspects of Cable Television in the Broadcasting Bill –1997

Cable Television, an innovation In the Indian context, by hooking up of 26 million Cable TV homes, without any support, financial or moral, from the government of India, became a centre of attraction, from the taxation angle by the Indian Revenue service, by way of levy of all sorts of taxes arbitrarily. Uninformed politicians and bureaucrats view this facility only as Home Cinema’ and cause harassment of the people engaged in this occupation. Down the line, in the enforcement machinery, this industry has been acing the onslaught of corrupt officials, who are semi-literate and as uninformed as their masters.
Upto 1994, satellite reception and its cable casting/from satellites other than IMSAT, was considered illegal by the Govt.. but such systems were installed from Rashtrapati Bhawan clown to residences of Ministers and bureaucrats, at public expenses. Then in 1994, an ordinance was promulgated, which was later christened Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. The earlier approach of not legalising TVRO (Television Receive Only), i.e. Dish Antenna, had suddenly nose dived when it was realised that this facility was, at the state level, the cheapest option for enhancing Doordarshan’s reach to the 950 million inhabitants. Once legalised, this facility benefited other broadcasters, Indian and foreign, who could deliver variety in the programme menu. Cable TV, as a facility, opened the window to the world, for the poor Indians, at an affordable cost. Later this service was recognized as a small scale industry by the Government, but no financial institution was willing to sanction finance for this orphan. 

Aspects of Cable Television in the Broadcasting Bill –1997

Cable Television, an innovation In the Indian context, by hooking up of 26 million Cable TV homes, without any support, financial or moral, from the government of India, became a centre of attraction, from the taxation angle by the Indian Revenue service, by way of levy of all sorts of taxes arbitrarily. Uninformed politicians and bureaucrats view this facility only as Home Cinema’ and cause harassment of the people engaged in this occupation. Down the line, in the enforcement machinery, this industry has been acing the onslaught of corrupt officials, who are semi-literate and as uninformed as their masters.

Tuesday, 5 August 1997

DTH BANNED-After Effects

Technology Caught in the Crossfire Between Article 19 (1) and 19 (2)
For the last few months Direct-To-Home (DTH) has been the talk of the town, courtesy Rupert Murdoch & Co. led by Mr.R.Basil, a former Director General of Doordarshan. In fact it has become a kind of war between opposing parties. 
But with the government issuing a notification to temporarily ban DTH television, till the bill was passed by Parliament, Star’s dream of launching their DTH services ahead of others has been shattered at least for the time being. R.Basu had been lobbying hard with the government and he had promised Ins bosses in Hong Kong that he would be successful in getting DTH through even before the Broadcast Bill was passed. But according to some Media reports Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Mr.Jaipal Reddy had specifically conveyed to him that there was no chance of clearing DTH licences before the Broadcasting Bill was passed. 
Dubbing the present notification as draconian and direct attack on technology, Star officials said, “The whole exercise has once again proved that the main target is Star Television”