Technology

Industry airs views on Phase II digitisation "grace period"

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/12/Indian%20Broadcasting%20Foundation_0.jpg?itok=h7qRz4Jl

MUMBAI: What does the industry think about the government‘s decision to allow a grace period of 15 days for the rollout of phase II digitisation in some cities? Well, we at indiantelevision.com decided to find out by speaking to a cross section of industry to find out.

Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) president and Multi Screen Media (MSM) CEO Manjit Singh, who is in Kolkata for the first match of the IPL, is clear that "as a broadcaster I would have preferred the government not giving any grace period. But since the ministry is more aware of the ground situation, I will go with its decision."

Hinduja Ventures Ltd whole time director Ashok Mansukhani believes that "if the government wanted to give a grace period of 15 days, it should have been after consultation with the MSOs who have been entrusted with the task of majorly implementing digitisation. Where it has been substantially implemented, there was no need to give a grace period. Where deployment is below 20 per cent, discussion could have been held on a longer timeline than 15 days."

Mansukhani adds that he would like the digitisation numbers of Phase II which are being released to be revisited for some localities. "There is some dispute about the numbers," he says.

He highlights that the objective of digitisation is to end under-declaration by cable TV operators. "If DAS Phase II deployment is uneven then government could have taken a two step process where pay TV channels could have been switched off first and the free to air channels later to allow for a smooth transition," he says.

Hathway Cable & Datacom MD & CEO Jagdish Kumar is of the opinion that from his network‘s perspective he would have preferred not to have a grace period at all. "From our perspective, we are well prepared with the ability to deploy set top boxes to almost 90 per cent of our and our joint venture networks," he says.

He points out that the lack of initiative on the part broadcasters to sign "digital agreements for phase II towns has been disappointing. We are working with broadcasters to get them moving. Basically, the industry is toying with a fixed fee or cost per subscriber deals."

DEN Networks COO M.G. Azhar is of the view that it was good the government has given the grace period keeping the consumers in mind. "Where set top boxes (STBs) have not been deployed effectively, the consumer should not face an analogue blackout," he says.

Tata Sky MD & CEO Harit Nagpal has the final word. Speaking to Indiantelevision.com yesterday, he had said that there was "no need for a grace period as the DTH operators are more than equipped to meet the STB demand wherever there is a shortage."

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/06/j%26j-800x800.jpg?itok=EsJOPXNm
India's startup gets J&J support for maiden device

Ray IoT is creating a non-contact wellness and sleep tracker for babies for which it has received support by Johnson & Johnson and HAX. Ray IoT will be introducing its product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas 5-8 January. This is the first time a startup from India has been...

Technology ces
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/05/Anita-Ganti_0.jpg?itok=hWjR3ACM
Wipro middleware powers integration-ready Hisense 4K; supports HD-PVR features

MUMBAI: Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, announced that its Digital TV Middleware solution has successfully enabled Hisense 4K TVs in Japan. Hisense Co. Ltd. is a multinational white goods, brown goods and electronics...

Technology Software Middleware
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/05/Richard-Weissbourd.jpg?itok=v93F_Cyu
Harvard Research on kids to kick off Kidscreen Summit 2017

TORONTO: Kidscreen is thrilled to announce that Dr. Richard Weissbourd, director of the Human Development and Psychology programme at Harvard University, will open 2017’s biggest event for leaders in children’s entertainment with the presentation of a new research study exploring why and how we...

Technology ces
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/05/TCL.jpg?itok=Mxc9zE5S
TCL reveals new TVs with top tech featuring Dolby vision

TCL reveals newLAS VEGAS: TCL®, one of the world’s largest and America’s fastest-growing television brand, today announced an innovative portfolio of new products at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The latest additions feature Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (HDR)...

Technology ces
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/04/Steeve-Huin.jpg?itok=tFzx1Eeh
Irdeto joins Frog by Wyplay community to offer integrated security solutions

LAS VEGAS: Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, today announced a new licensing agreement with Wyplay to join more than 140 companies in the Frog by Wyplay community, which offers software to operators to provide an innovative TV experience. Through the new partnership, Irdeto and...

Technology ces
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/03/CES-2017.jpg?itok=odmNUzNq
CES 2017 promises most diverse event experience in 50-year history

ARLINGTON, VA: To celebrate 50 years, CES® 2017 is poised to be bigger, bolder and more varied than ever before. With a record-breaking footprint of more than 2.6 million net square feet of exhibits, CES 2017 will feature new marketplaces, more than 850 first-time exhibitors, seven keynote...

Technology ces
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/20/Alain-Louchez.jpg?itok=AMB6Cnxv
IoT conversations will promote interoperability: NASSCOM, Georgia Tech tie up

NEW DELHI: The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) and the Georgia Tech Advanced Research Corporation (GTARC) joined to advance Internet of Things (IoT) and fostering IoT-based innovation through the development of a conducive ecosystem in India.

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/08/ATTO_0.jpg?itok=SvBSbt35
ATTO certifies Gen 6 Fibre Channel HBAs with Quantum Storage

MUMBAI: ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage, network connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments for nearly 30 years, has announced the successful testing and certification of its new Celerity™ 16Gb Gen 6 Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs)...

Technology Software Applications
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/11/17/Rahul%20Nehra.jpg?itok=mP6RbVf2
Friend MTS-Castle Media to tackle Bollywood's digital piracy using unique watermark tech

MUMBAI: Piracy is a serious challenge to the entertainment industry in India. In fact, according to the Motion Pictures Distributors Association of India (MPDA), India country is infamous for having one of the highest rate of video piracy in the world. Lack of stringent IP protection laws to...

Technology Software Applications

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories