Thursday, 9 July 2015

A Tough road ahead for Phase III

In the last two task force meetings held on 20th April and 27th May 2015 respectively in the I&B Ministry for implementing Phase-III of DAS stakeholders have been only projecting their problems and did not talk of the progress made. According to our reports, hardly 10% of the 47 million STBs have been seeded in the Phase III. Infact, the report says that one prominent national MSO has not ordered a single STB for Phase III. Less than six months are left to complete Phase-III that covers about 39 million Cable TV households in 630 districts encompassing 7709 urban areas. 

Consumer Interest overlooked by Channels PayTV channels fail to adhere to TRAI’s Ad Cap

In a recent report uploaded by TRAI on its website, it was found that nearly 140 Pay TV channels have gone against the Standards of Quality of Service Regulations by failing to stick to the advertisement code set out in the Cable Television Networks Rules 1994. According to the quarterly report received by TRAI from the broadcasters, nearly 101 general entertainment television channels and 39 news channels aired more than 12 minutes of advertisements (both commercial and self promotional) per hour between 23rd February and 1st March this year. Out of these, six news channels aired more than 20 minutes of ads per hour during its prime time starting from 7pm to 10 pm. However, the figures mentioned here constitutes only a part of the industry, while most of the channels have failed to submit their report.

Best Deal TV revolutionizes home shopping in India

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and entrepreneur Raj Kundra have partnered to launch Best Deal TV, a celebrity-driven 24/7 Home shopping Channel. Best Deal TV is the first celebrity-driven TV Commerce channel in India and has inked endorsement deals with major A-list celebrities and top TV stars in the country. 

Broadcast Asia 2015

Asia's leading infocomm technology and broadcasting industry to announce major launches and partnerships event maintains its position as platform of choice for SINGAPORE, 5 June 2015 – Over the past four days, Marina Bay Sands has been abuzz with activity as CommunicAsia2015, EnterpriseIT2015 and BroadcastAsia2015 brought the movers and shakers of the infocomm technology (ICT) and broadcasting industry together under one roof.

CONSUMER ISSUES IN BROADCASTING AND REDRESSAL OF GRIEVANCES

Even after three years of digitization, Consumer is still not in a deciding position and no market forces exist in India in broadcasting sector in the Digital domain. It is because monopolies of a few big players are still rampant. TRAI has made regulations to curb monopolies but its recommendations are not in force. TRAI must exercise its power to regulate ‘Pay’ channels in every way clearly differentiating between ‘Pay’ channels and FTA channels including their tariff, ad duration and distribution.

Digital Transformation is not an IT Project but a Business Imperative, Say Experts at Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Enterprise Transformation Summit 2015

Ubiquity in High-speed Broadband, Business Models, Regulations, and Technology Adoption Need to go Hand-in-Hand to take Indian Enterprises to the Next Level in Digital Transformation

TIMES NOW EXPOSES #LALIT GATE

After one of the leading English News Channel, Times Now gave a consistent and continuous hysterical coverage to #LalitGate, it not only divided the media and experts, but has also created a huge uproar in the Indian Political scenario. 

NOFN changes its track

The Digital Era has opened up exciting possibilities for India.  Recently, on the verge of giving a boost to the Government’s ‘Digital India’ drive,  seven states have proposed to come up with their own model to roll out broadband network proposed under Rs. 72,000 crore BharatNet prorgamme. The states have expressed their will to come up with state or SPV (special purpose vehicle) run model.  States like Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal will supposedly develop their own model to roll out the broadband network as these states and some more have expressed discontent over the work of central public sector companies involved in National Optical Fibre Network.

Reliance Jio : All set to debut by the year end

After 5 years of its entry in the telecom sector, billionaire Mukesh Ambani is now all set to launch high-speed broadband services by Reliance Jio Infocomm in December 2015. Addressing at the company’s 41st Annual General Meeting (AGM), Reliance Jio’s chairman, Mukesh Ambani, unveiled what the company has in its kitty for its 4G LTE services. Although there had been a lot of speculations around Reliance 4G services, the official announcement came out for the first time during the AGM. The offerings will include instant messaging, HD Live TV, movies on demand, news, streaming music, digital commerce, cloud storage and a digital payments platform. 

Femtocell

In telecommunications, femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station, typically designed for use in a home or small business. Femto cell is very light and compact. It connects through  DSL or coaxial cable. It is set up in residential areas. Due to its light and compact size it has a powerful control over the mobile networks.

Satellite Industry Forum 2015

On June 1, more than 150 industry speakers and delegates gathered at Grand Hyatt Singapore for the Satellite Industry Forum 2015. This year’s CASBAA event included a number of keynotes and panels exploring the question, “Is the satellite game changing?” 

Consumer Interest overlooked by Channels PayTV channels fail to adhere to TRAI’s Ad Cap

In a recent report uploaded by TRAI on its website, it was found that nearly 140 Pay TV channels have gone against the Standards of Quality of Service Regulations by failing to stick to the advertisement code set out in the Cable Television Networks Rules 1994. According to the quarterly report received by TRAI from the broadcasters, nearly 101 general entertainment television channels and 39 news channels aired more than 12 minutes of advertisements (both commercial and self promotional) per hour between 23rd February and 1st March this year. Out of these, six news channels aired more than 20 minutes of ads per hour during its prime time starting from 7pm to 10 pm. However, the figures mentioned here constitutes only a part of the industry, while most of the channels have failed to submit their report.

A Tough road ahead for Phase III

In the last two task force meetings held on 20th April and 27th May 2015 respectively in the I&B Ministry for implementing Phase-III of DAS stakeholders have been only projecting their problems and did not talk of the progress made. According to our reports, hardly 10% of the 47 million STBs have been seeded in the Phase III. Infact, the report says that one prominent national MSO has not ordered a single STB for Phase III. Less than six months are left to complete Phase-III that covers about 39 million Cable TV households in 630 districts encompassing 7709 urban areas.