Tuesday, January 1, 2008 -- The first foreign language and additionally an international TV channel not operated by the state-run CCTV, was launched in China's economic hub, Shanghai. The name of the channel is International Channel Shanghai (ICS) and is run by the Shanghai Media Group (SMG).
Too much control is also not good like we saw in the case of CAS in cable networks. We made it look like the Mount Everest where very few climbers would reach. The real proliferation of convergence will come not by creating a competition between Telcos and Cable Networks but by amalgamation of the two. Unfortunately, neither TRAI nor the cash rich Telcos think of this. The result is none of them have reached anywhere.
The new year definitely brings hopes. In spite of the I&B Minister, Sh. Priyaranjan Dasmunsi stating that the big corporates are holding back the Broadcasting Bill, he is hopeful of a content regulation in the new year.
We are hopeful of TRAI succeeding in bringing the Non-CAS areas under some kind of regulatory control in spite of resistance from the broadcasters.
We are hopeful of DTH companies introducing MPEG-4 based transmission and initiating HDTV service, the future of television.
We are hopeful of telcos finding a solution to ride on the lastmile of 75 million Cable TV connections to supply broadband triple play services to the masses.
We are helpful of at least 100 new channel launches to carry the channel count to 400.
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