Need to develop new broadcast technologies at rocket pace: Jatua

NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting CM Jatua urged for development of new broadcasting technologies ‘at rocket pace’ to keep up with the developments all over the world.

Jatua was speaking at the BES Expo organised by the Broadcast Engineering Society.

Veteran media person B G Verghese added in a special address at the valedictory session that there was dire need for setting up a separate autonomous body for broadcast transmission if the country had to ensure it kept pace with developments all over the world. He said this recommendation had been made when he was member of the first Board of Prasar Bharati after it was notified in 1997. It had also been stated at that time that the Government should only function as a trustee.

He also said that it was important that discussions held in meets such as the three-day Expo should not just remain in record books and should be taken up by the Government for implementation.

Verghese was presented an Honorary Fellowship of the BES by the Minister on the occasion. Two former engineering-in-chief executives of Doordarshan, BK Dey and RK Gupta, received Lifetime Achievement awards. Six other awards were presented on the occasion for excellence in broadcast engineering.

BES President Ashok Lakhanpal said an important subject taken up during the discussions was the role of broadcasting in disaster management.

Around 50 personalities from India and overseas took part in the various sessions held during the Expo which was on the theme of Broadcasting through Multiple Platforms. Other subjects taken up included ‘Digital TV Broadcasting Technologies’, content management, digital radio transmission, and community radio.

Stalls on broadcasting technologies were put up by over a 100 exhibitors from India and overseas. They included Prasar Bharati and Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd.

Speaking at the inauguration on 11 February, MoS for I&B S Jagathrakhskan had said that nations which miss out on the information revolution would be treated as backward nations. He said convergence communication and information technologies were driving new products. Digitisation was expected to bring in major gains for the broadcasting sector and the viewers would get a tool to balance their viewing affordability. This will ensure a level playing field.

I& B Secretary Uday Kumar Varma who had also attended the inauguration said that technological changes were taken place very fast but consumer education was missing about this, and the BES could play a major role in this direction.

Latest Reads
HARMAN announces Priyanka Chopra as global brand ambassador

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced that actress, singer, producer and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra has been named a global brand ambassador for the...

Technology Hardware Components
Etere HSM expands interoperability with Grass Valley

Etere HSM features an integration with Grass Valley that improves interoperability, streamlines connectivity, enables faster content processing and includes deep archive capabilities. Etere introduces a new integration layer between Etere Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) and Grass Valley...

Technology Hardware Components
Pune Times joins hands with the Pune Police to launch the 'City Safe' app, as part of #MakeMyCitySafe initiative

Pune Times, city supplement of leading media house, The Times of India, has joined hands with Pune Police to support an initiative for women’s safety in the city. Pune Times has launched its campaign #MakeMyCitySafe as a big shout out to the youth of Pune to come together to make the city safer...

Technology Software Applications
HAL Robotics ropes in Navanit Samaiyar as board member and advisor

MUMBAI: HAL Robotics has roped in Navanit Samaiyar as its board member and advisor. Samaiyar has a record of setting up, scaling and transforming businesses across a very wide cross section of industries spanning from IT/ ITeS to steel, telecom, engineering goods, earthmoving machinery, logistics...

Technology Hardware Components
Republic TV launches Android app

MUMBAI: Republic TV is on a roll. From rocking the ratings chart in launch week itself to going international, the channel has added one more accomplishment to its kitty. The Republic TV Android app is now live.

Technology Software Applications
STB cos in India, China enhancing features, providing customised solutions, Technavio enlists top vendors

MUMBAI: The global STB market is characterised by intense competition as the market is saturated in developed countries. The market share of these players is declining because of the entry of new players. The STB companies are enhancing the features of STBs and providing customised solutions to...

Technology Hardware Set-top Boxes
India's PFT Clear Media ERP suite to help US' PBS content delivery

MUMBAI: Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, announced that its CLEAR™ Media ERP Suite has been selected by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to enhance their Network Operations Center (NOC) ecosystem efficiencies and sustainability, with the objective of reducing...

Technology Software Applications
Broadcasters, OTTs to gain as Via adds xHE-AAC at special rate

MUMBAI: Via Licensing Corporation, a intellectual property solutions provider, has announced the upcoming availability of Extended High Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) as part of the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool. The expanded patent pool licence will be available at no additional cost to...

Technology Software Applications
Tata Comm to deliver Motorsport videos on global devices

MUMBAI: Tata Communications will now deliver video content for viewers' all devices over its global network. The two have partnered to power the growth of the network’s internet television platforms.

Technology Software Applications

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories