Monday, 1 February 2010

Hey - days begin

India Inc. has started registering profits in third quarter of the current fiscal year, posting new hopes for the next financial year. Media Companies that were running in huge losses have started recovering on the back of increasing revenues. 
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has decided to put a cap on the number of channels that can be permitted for uplinking/ downlinking from the Indian soil. Zee Group and many teleport operators have come out in the open to oppose the issue. 

Be it an arrest of two editors of Telugu new channel TV5 for showing a sex tape allegedly involving then Andhra Pradesh Governor or the suicide by an eleven year old reality TV star in Mumbai, it is now being felt that the time is ripe to regulate the content of TV media. The Government seems to take a final call on this as it has set-up a content-regulation task force. It has also decided to form a nodal agency to disseminate news in case of emergencies like 26/11. 
Content on the Internet is also under the scanner with the government in full mood to check pornographic content on the net in India. IT Act has been amended to block all porno sites. Let’s see how much can we achieve in practice. 
TRAI has got an extension from the Supreme Court till June to complete the tariff-fixation exercise for cable TV services in non-CAS areas. The regulator has also initiated a process to fix the DTH tariff. It has also sought stakeholders’ views on foreign investment in broadcasting sector. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has accepted the TRAI’s recommendation to allow 74% FDI in mobile TV as it decided to auction mobile TV licenses, soon. 
DTH interoperability is again in the limelight as the Competition Commission of India has taken-up the matter on its priority list and has asked the telecom regulator TRAI to aware the public on the issue. We analyse the problem in deatail in this issue. 
The hype and hooplah came to an end when Apple launched iPad, the smartest-ever gadget from the house of Apple as claimed by the company. 
WE have just finished with BES Expo and Cable TV show in Kolkata last month. Both the shows were a great success considering the participation and visitors in the shows. 
Now we wait for CABSAT in Dubai, Convergence India in Delhi and CCBN in China in March. You must plan to visit these shows if you wish to keep yourself updated on the new technologies. 

—— Lt. Col. (Retd.) K K Sharma



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