Wednesday, 21 June 2006

A Shortcut To VIewers Direct To Home Television

This article dicusess, the histroical background in the DBS (DTH), freq. Allocations, channel coding, source coding, modulations suitable for satellite-based digital TV, and finally the standards for a Digital TV for India.
As in terrestrial broadcasting service, transmission in the broadcasting satellie.
Services (BSS) are intended for direct reception by the general public are characterized by high effective isotropic radiated power (E.I.R.P.) to permit the use of simple and inexpensive home receiving system. It is only during the last few years that high transmit powers from the satellites have become possible through the development of high power travelling wave tube amplifiers (TWTA), larger solar panels and the narrow and shaped antenna beams. The size of the receiving earth terminal antennas has been reducing. A complete 4 GHz TV signal cost 4 lakh rupees whereas 4 GHz direct reception system (DRS) for home viewers costs less than Rs 40,00/- today.

Hotel Industry Worries About Commercial Tariffs

TRAI released a Consultation Paper on Issues relating to Commercial Tariff on 21st April, 2006. This Consultation Paper deals with the issue of commercial tariff for broadcasting and cable television services. The Tariff Order dated 1.10.2004 did not distinguish between commercial and other services. While dealing with a batch of petitions filed by the Hotel and Restaurant industry, the TDSAT in its judgment dated January 17, 2006 concluded that the Tariff Order does not cover commercial Services. Accordingly after careful examination TRAI decided as an interim measure to amend the Tariff Order and provide for a ceiling for commercial tariff also. This ceiling was fixed as the tariff as on March 1, 2006. This Tariff Order was issued on March 7, 2006.
Prior to issue of this Paper, consultation with the hotel and restaurant industry as well as with broadcasters had been held. Inputs received during this interaction have been included in the Consultation Paper.

Interconnect Issues Get A Re-look

TRAI Issues Consultation Paper on Interconnect Issues relating to Broadcasting & Cable Services
The TRAI had sent its Recommendations to the Government in October, 2004 on Issues Relating to Broadcasting and Distribution of TV Channels. Meanwhile, TRAI had also issued Regulations covering certain issues relating to Interconnection. The primary objectives of these regulations were:
(i) To provide a framework for access to content by various distributors so as to enhance competition and consumer choice.
(ii) To minimise disconnection and inconvenience to consumers on account of disputes between service providers.
(iii) Registration of details of interconnection agreements in accordance with the provisions of the TRAI Act.,
Drawing upon the response to the Consultation Note issued on 21 March 2006, TRAI has prepared this Consultation Paper. 

A Shortcut To VIewers Direct To Home Television

This article dicusess, the histroical background in the DBS (DTH), freq. Allocations, channel coding, source coding, modulations suitable for satellite-based digital TV, and finally the standards for a Digital TV for India.
As in terrestrial broadcasting service, transmission in the broadcasting satellie.

Hotel Industry Worries About Commercial Tariffs

TRAI released a Consultation Paper on Issues relating to Commercial Tariff on 21st April, 2006. This Consultation Paper deals with the issue of commercial tariff for broadcasting and cable television services. The Tariff Order dated 1.10.2004 did not distinguish between commercial and other services. While dealing with a batch of petitions filed by the Hotel and Restaurant industry, the TDSAT in its judgment dated January 17, 2006 concluded that the Tariff Order does not cover commercial Services. Accordingly after careful examination TRAI decided as an interim measure to amend the Tariff Order and provide for a ceiling for commercial tariff also. This ceiling was fixed as the tariff as on March 1, 2006. This Tariff Order was issued on March 7, 2006.

Interconnect Issues Get A Re-look

TRAI Issues Consultation Paper on Interconnect Issues relating to Broadcasting & Cable Services
The TRAI had sent its Recommendations to the Government in October, 2004 on Issues Relating to Broadcasting and Distribution of TV Channels. Meanwhile, TRAI had also issued Regulations covering certain issues relating to Interconnection. The primary objectives of these regulations were:

Interconnect Issues Get A Re-look

TRAI Issues Consultation Paper on Interconnect Issues relating to Broadcasting & Cable Services
The TRAI had sent its Recommendations to the Government in October, 2004 on Issues Relating to Broadcasting and Distribution of TV Channels. Meanwhile, TRAI had also issued Regulations covering certain issues relating to Interconnection. The primary objectives of these regulations were:

Interconnect Issues Get A Re-look

TRAI Issues Consultation Paper on Interconnect Issues relating to Broadcasting & Cable Services
The TRAI had sent its Recommendations to the Government in October, 2004 on Issues Relating to Broadcasting and Distribution of TV Channels. Meanwhile, TRAI had also issued Regulations covering certain issues relating to Interconnection. The primary objectives of these regulations were:

Thursday, 1 June 2006

DTH - The new Mantra

While going through the news about the drastic fall of BSE Index in the third week of May 2006, I came across a quote by the CEO of a leading domestic private sector financial firm, who said “We are so enamoured by foreigners in this country that no one has still figured out the impact this circular will have on domestic investors”. This is so much right when we talk about the broadcast industry too. We are always ready to spread a red carpet for the foreign broadcasters at the cost of own industry, be it the Indian broadcasters or the cable operators. It is the foreign broadcasters who always wanted to delay CAS as long as possible and they should be happy that the government has asked for a eight months delay from the High Court. However Court has has not accepted the same and wants the implementation completed in 2006 itself which is a positive sign. The ministry has been asked to submit a plan by 05 July 2006.
Before star enters the DTH fray, there in enough hype being created about the service in all types of media. This was also evident in a seminar held at Mumbai about the consumer interest and grievances in the telecom sector including broadcasting where DTH was projected as a messiah of all ills in Cable Television service. I wonder what will happen after the DTH business too gets embroiled in fracas about sharing of content, open system boxes, pricing of bouquets and channels and non affordability of so much hyped services of multi camera sports broadcast, Video-on-Demand, Interactive games and HDTV. Remember, these services have not even picked up strongly in the developed markets. In India we can easily wait for another five years for these services to become off the shelf pick-ups.
I am also eagerly waiting for Star’s DTH to be launched. After all, let us see what Mr Murdoch has to present to India.
The new downlinking guidelines have been put in place and almost all channels have got registered with the government barring a few Pakistani and Middle East channels. I think it has some thing to do with the policy of their own country. These regulations will definitely slow down the fast pace of new channel launches. Now interconnect regulations are further being looked into for amendments by TRAI. Their consultation paper is already on the net. We are introducing regulations in all fields except CAS. Perhaps no one wants to touch the subject because of its high controversial value. Hope this gets sorted out soon.
Broadcast Asia, Asia’s premier trade event is taking place in Singapore from 20th to 23rd June 2006. Hope to see many of you there because you will be able to see the latest in technology and services in the field of Broadcasting, Telecommunication, Cellular, Enterprise Networking etc.

—— Lt. Col. (Retd.) K K Sharma

Editor

Source: http://cablequest.org/articles/editorials/item/1838-dth-the-new-mantra.html
Source: http://cablequest.org/articles/editorials/item/1838-dth-the-new-mantra.html

DTH - The new Mantra

While going through the news about the drastic fall of BSE Index in the third week of May 2006, I came across a quote by the CEO of a leading domestic private sector financial firm, who said “We are so enamoured by foreigners in this country that no one has still figured out the impact this circular will have on domestic investors”. This is so much right when we talk about the broadcast industry too. We are always ready to spread a red carpet for the foreign broadcasters at the cost of own industry, be it the Indian broadcasters or the cable operators. It is the foreign broadcasters who always wanted to delay CAS as long as possible and they should be happy that the government has asked for a eight months delay from the High Court. However Court has has not accepted the same and wants the implementation completed in 2006 itself which is a positive sign. The ministry has been asked to submit a plan by 05 July 2006.

June 2006

Friday, June 02, 2006 -- The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal has now decided to charge commission on the petitions, claims and suits for recovery of money or an outstanding amount.