Wednesday, 29 October 2014

TRAI – A Wrong Choice for Broadcast Regulations

Although TRAI has been given the task of regulating the broadcast industry since 2004, it has not proved its mettle in doing so. Every regulation and tariff order issued by TRAI has been challenged in the courts and stayed. Industry is still in chaos and every stakeholder is taking the system for a r ide. The situation is back to the origin of the industry when it was like the ‘Wild West’ where powerful and moneyed people ruled. It is becoming clear that all policies of Digitisation have failed to be implemented. No government can force 600 million people to migrate to a new technology by showing a stick. 

Mobility and Connectivity is the theme of IBC 2014

iMobility and connectivity challenge and complement broadcasting at IBC2014

Tales of LCOs harassment, touch Rahul Khullar's heart

For the first time TRAI Chairman was moved hearing sad tales of arassment, arm twisting and  use of criminal force on LCOs by the MSOs in order to capture their last mile business taking shelter of the Regulations.

Kerala Cable TV Federation Consolidate one Digital Network for the Sate

Kerala Cable TV Federation has launched its own Digital Cable TV headend on 9 September in Cochin that will consolidate 14 digital networks in the state.

TRAI Open House on Platform services hijacked by LCOs

TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar and his officers abandoned the Open House Discussion on regulating the Platform Services in distribution networks, being held at BSNL Office in New Delhi on 24 September 2014. Perhaps, this is the first time in the history of TRAI that stakeholders did not allow the open house discussion to start forcing TRAI officials to walk out of the hall.  

TRAI is in the Dock

Phase III and IV of digtisation have been postponed till December 2015 and December 2016, respectively. This is the major step taken by the new government for correcting the wrong of last UPA government, mandating Digitalisation of Cable TV Industry in whole of India, to be completed within 2 years, a task many developed countries have not done even in 10 years. 

Flaws in DAS Regulations - Patrick Raju

Karnataka State Cable TV Operators Association apprised the TRAI Chairman of discrepancies  in the DAS regulations and has demanded leveling out these before the next phases are taken up. Patrick Raju, association president explains these flaws.

India reaches the Mars

It was a historic moment on 24 September when the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi congratulated the space scientists for successfully inserting the Mars Orbiter Mission into Martian orbit in their very first attempt, creating a history. The Prime Minister said that Indian scientists, through their hard work and dedication, have stretched the boundaries of human enterprise and  imagination. He described the Mars Orbiter Mission as an indigenous pan-Indian effort, stretching from Bangalore to Bhubaneswar, and Faridabad to Rajkot. Mr Modi remarked that he had chosen to be present at ISRO today, unmindful of success or failure of the mission. You have "made a habit of achieving the impossible," the Prime Minister said. He said Modern India must continue playing its role of Jagadguru Bharat.

InfoComm India 2014 Exceeded All Expectations – A Resounding Success

Number and quality of exhibitors and visitors set new benchmarks for industry

Telangana Operators want Interoperable STBs

Greater Hyderabad & Ranga Reddy District Cable TV Operators Welfare Association met the I&B Minister, Sh Prakash Javadekar during his recent visit to the newly formed state and submitted a memorandum explaining their problems faced in implementing DAS

TRAI – A Wrong Choice for Broadcast Regulations

Although TRAI has been given the task of regulating the broadcast industry since 2004, it has not proved its mettle in doing so. Every regulation and tariff order issued by TRAI has been challenged in the courts and stayed. Industry is still in chaos and every stakeholder is taking the system for a r ide. The situation is back to the origin of the industry when it was like the ‘Wild West’ where powerful and moneyed people ruled. It is becoming clear that all policies of Digitisation have failed to be implemented. No government can force 600 million people to migrate to a new technology by showing a stick.