Thursday, 21 June 2007

Content Regulations Do We Need It? Do We Need It?

A very familiar term for all of us! Every second day you may come across this phrase. It will not sound unusual, if you hear that the government wants to regulate the Television content. Government has been trying to put a check on the television programming since a long time. Starting off with just one or two channels, entry of foreign channels in India since 1991-92 gradually raised the number and today we have access to around 400 channels. A strong need for content regulation was there as the TV content had become absolutely open without any restrictions. All types of obscenity, nudity and violence could be viewed that was strongly affecting the children and other age groups in a negative sense. But the government was helpless in putting a restriction on the channels because till the year 2005, there were no regulations for TV. The first came in 1995 in the form of Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 but it was inadequate to control the content being shown on Cable TV. The Cable TV Act talked about a programming and advertising code which was merely a list of kind of programmes not permitted on Doordarshan. Infact, the responsibility of implementing these codes was left to the cable operators who had no judgmental powers to know whether a programme was adhering to these codes or not. The government had no say in restricting the transmission of channels because all the broadcasters beamed channels from foreign soils. The uplinking and downlinking regulations did not exist in the country which made the situation even tougher. 

Under Declaration Sigue Landmark Judgment by TDSAT

The feud between Multi System Operators and the Broadcasters is nothing new. Every next day we may listen about it. But this time TDSAT's ruling for a dispute between Zee Turner and Bhaskar Cable Network of Jabalpur is being largely looked upon as a landmark judgment. Reason being that for the first time a decision has been taken by TDSAT in respect of declaration of connectivity by an MSO/Cable operator in non-CAS area. 
TDSAT on 4th May 07 directed Bhaskar Cable to correct its declared subscriber base to Zee Turner and increase it by 700% during the period of the agreement between them based on the MSOs declaration with another broadcaster. TDSAT's ruling at this point of time is a sign of big relief that will leave a long term impact on the industry till CAS is implemented all over the country. 

Broadcast Asia A Show Par Excellence

Asia's largest Infocomm and Media event, 'Broadcast Asia' has been scheduled from 19-22 June 07 where it invites all visionaries, Government leaders, policy regulators and professionals. The event is going to take place in Singapore, members of which will share insights and experience 'Digital Convergence in Reality'. The New Media Conference will examine the impact of user-generated content and its influence on traditional broadcasters and the media sector. 
This year imbX brings in new forums and conferences on emerging Convergent issues. One of them IPTV forum will feature insights from operators, technology and content providers on the deployment and marketing of IPTV services in Asia. Mobile TV forum that is part of the event will give a spark to the business of Mobile TV that is still in need of a boost. This forum will showcase case studies and business models from successful mobile trials from different parts of the world. Standardization and content delivery issues also will be part of the discussions. 

DIGITALISATION OF CABLE TV INDUSTRY

Conax Conditional Access gives the operators a tool in a secure manner to control who is the recipient of the content in the cable.

Friday, 1 June 2007

Content Security & Protection

CAS has hardly entered the Indian Cable TV and DTH industry and we are already talking about piracy and Hacking. There is no doubt; the subject is of great importance to everyone including the stakeholders as well as the governments. An important fact is that inspite of advancements in technology, security breaches, hacking of the CAS codes and piracy have been the biggest concerns even in the most advanced markets. Hackers are always ahead of technology. 

June 2007

Friday, Jun 1, 2007 -- Senior Advocate R.K. Anand said he had served a legal notice seeking Rs.50 crore as damages from NDTV, accusing the news channel of defaming him by telecasting a sting operation relating to the sensational BMW case.