Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A hectic month for the Media

First month of the year witnessed very heavy activity all throughout. Assembly elections in the capital kept the television media extremely busy as there was a fierce fight between the BJP lead by PM Modi and AAM Admi Party lead by Arvind Kejriwal. With Kiran Bedi joining the BJP and being projected as the CM candidate, news television saw very interesting live episodes of Indian politicking.

Jaitley's heart bleeds for Poor Broadcasters

The Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley has said that in the last two decades, the conventional contours of the issues pertaining to Freedom and Responsibility of Media had changed due to changes in the nature and content of media and the definition of news. News in the electronic media today was being defined by what the camera could capture. In the current paradigm, technology had become a driving force for these changes. The impact of technology was profound as information dissemination was taking place 24x7 across different technological tools and media platforms including the digital space. Shri Jaitley stated this while delivering the delivering the first Justice J. S. Verma Memorial lecture on the ‘Freedom & Responsibility of Media’ organized by the News Broadcasters Association in New Delhi on 18 January. 

NOFN- A Hype or Reality?

On 12 January Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday commissioned India's first hi-speed rural broadband network in Kerala's Idukki district. 

Applicable Gross Revenue introduced for Licence Fee Calculation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued on 6 January 2015 its Recommendations on "Definition of Revenue Base (AGR) for the Reckoning of License Fee (LF) and Spectrum Usage Charges". These recommendations will also affect the DTH operators who pay a licence fee every year, based on the AGR. A new AGR base has also been defined by TRAI called Applicable Gross Revenue. 

Consumer Tariffs hiked by TRAI

After some broadcasters had challenged TRAI’s Tariff Order of 2004 for non-addressable Cable TV subscribers in 2007 and the matter reached Supreme Court, the Court directed TRAI to consider the issue of Non-Addressable Cable TV Tariff  ‘de novo’ as regards all aspects and give a report to the Hon’ble Supreme Court. 

Technologies showcased at Convergence India 2015

Cloud Visions Networks Exhibited JetCas, A CAS Solution 

Making a New Beginning

Indo-US Relations got a fillip with US President, Barack Obama’s visit to India as a guest at the Republic Day Parade

Use of DTH by Government for Education Agencies

Delivery of educational content by DTH has the potential to revolutionise educational delivery across the length and breadth of the country.

CABSAT 2015 to drive regional content and entertainment industry growth

With the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) media market expected to grow from US$16 billion in 2014 to US$24 billion in 2019 according to Strategy & Analysis of CABSAT will examine the global impact of industry-evolving mega trends and highlight how regional companies can adopt products and strategies to drive monetisation and growth opportunities.