MUMBAI: The countdown to the ninth edition (and second under
nomenclature) of the annual India Digital Operators Summit
(IDOS) has begun with the two-day event kicking off tomorrow
at The Leela in Goa.
A joint initiative of the Indiantelevision.com Group and
Media Partners Asia, the summit will discuss and debate the
hot-button topic of the digital television opportunity in
India, what with the implementation of Phase II of digitisation
nearing completion in three major metros - Delhi, Kolkata
and Mumbai and in another 38 cities all over India.
aim to provide unity and strategic vision to drive forward
digitalisation and bring new value, profit and sustainable
growth across the television ecosystem say IDOS organisers
Anil Wanvari and Vivek Couto
IDOS 2013, themed 'Harvesting the fruits of digitisation'
will highlight pertinent issues faced by industry and offer
valuable insights into how other key Asian markets have succeeded
in their digital transition.
Participants include leaders from regulatory, cable distribution,
DTH, broadcast, TV distribution and technology segments as
also content providers and investors in the broadcasting and
pay TV industries.
Flagging off the summit will be Indiantelevision.com Group
founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief Anil Wanvari, who will share
the vision behind the event. Following suit will be Media
Partners Asia executive director Vivek Couto with a presentation
on India's digital TV ecosystem and lessons learnt from other
Day one's inaugural session titled 'Opening Keynotes and
will discuss how digitisation is no longer a goal but the
means to a critical end, where national economic benefit,
advanced infrastructure and content democratisation converge
to create a win-win for all. The panelists include TRAI principal
advisor N Parameswaran, DEN Networks chairman & MD Sameer
Manchanda, Tata Sky CEO Harit Nagpal and Star India president
& general counsel Deepak Jacob. They will share their
views on the progress so far in Phase II of digitisation.
The session will be moderated by Couto and Wanvari.
Media Pro Enterprise,COO, Gurjeev Singh Kapoor
Sky,CEO, Harit Nagpal
The second session, 'Cable 2.0 - Profits across the pipe'
will see leaders across the cable and distribution industry
share insights into the key challenges faced by industry as
it moves into billing, tiering and rolling out of new services.
The session will be moderated by NDTV head-affiliate sales
& network distribution Rahul Sood while the panellists
include Hathway Cable and Datacom MD & CEO Jagdish Kumar,
Den Network CEO S N Sharma, HSBC Securities lead analyst -
telecom & media Rajiv Sharma, Media Pro COO Gurjeev Singh
Kapoor, Digicable MD & CEO Jagjit Singh Kohli, SITI Cable
Network ED & CEO VD Wadhwa and Indiacast Group COO Gaurav
Next up, 'DTH - Driving the value equation', will be moderated
by Couto with panelists including Dish TV India's Gaurav Goel,
Videocon D2H CEO Anil Khera, Kotak Securities senior analyst
Amit Kumar and Macquarie Capital Sr
VP Ausang Shukla. The session will seek to answer the question:
What are the key catalysts for the next phase of DTH's value
Titled 'The business of specialised and premium channels'
and powered by BBC World News, the fourth session will study
the proliferation of niche channel launches. To be moderated
by BBC Global News COO - Indian Operations Preet Dhupar, the
participants include Viacom18 SVP & GM - English Entertainment
Ferzad Palia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific SVP and GM -South
Asia Rahul Johri, FoodFood promoter & director Sanjeev
Kapoor, Disney UTV Media Networks MD MK Anand and HBO India
MD Monica Tata.
This will be followed by a session on 'HD as a mass driver
for distribution platforms' chaired by Castle Media director
Vynsley Fernandes along with Videocon D2H deputy CEO Rohit
Jain, Times Television Network CEO - English Entertainment
Channels Ajay Trigunayat, Dolby Laboratories India country
manager Pankaj Kedia and Chrome Data Analytics & Media
founder & MD Pankaj Krishna.
The next session, 'Hidden gems riding the digital wave' will
look at how on the back of digitisation, distribution majors
(MSOs and DTH) hold the promise to create ample value. The
panelists include What's-On CEO Atul Phadnis, Amagi Media
Labs co-founder Srinivasan K A and Cisco Sr. business development
manager - APAC Fabien Gauthier with Castle Media director
Vynsley Fernandes as moderator.
Day one's closing session, 'New media monetisation' will
discuss how Hindi GECs and youth channels are increasingly
making content available across newer media platforms. Chaired
by Wanvari, the discussion will see participation from Zenga
TV CTO & MD Shabir Momin, IBM India ED & partner Raman
Kalra and Exset global head - sales and marketing Rahul Nehra.
TRAI, Principal Advisor, N.
Indian Broadcasting Foundation,Secretary General, Shailesh Shah
Day two will start with a presentation on 'Sports & Pay-TV
- The Path to Value Creation' by Couto followed by a Q&A
session. The Last mile operator community will be represented
by a presentation by Maharashtra Cable Operators Federation
head Arvind Prabhu, who will talk about their role in a digitised
The closing session 'Driving digitisation deeper' will be
moderated by Wanvari and Couto and will analyse how action
is going to shift next to India's heartland which houses nearly
70-80 million TV homes among other key issues. The panellists
include DEN Networks CEO S N Sharma, Hathway Cable and Datacom
MD & CEO Jagdish Kumar, TRAI principal advisor N Parameswaran,
Indian Broadcasting Foundation secretary general Shailesh
Shah, Chrome Data Analytics & Media founder and MD Pankaj
Krishna, Founder & MD, Magnaquest CMO Ramakrishna Mashetty
and HSBC Securities lead analyst - telecom & media Rajiv
"As organizers of IDOS, our aim is to provide unity
and strategic vision to drive forward digitalization and bring
new value, profit and sustainable growth across the television
ecosystem," read a joint statement by Indiantelevision.com
group founder Anil Wanvari executive director and cofounder
Media Partners Asia Vivek Couto.
"The next year is critical as the cable industry steps
up on its B2C execution with billing, tiering and subscriber
management," added VivekCouto."IDOS will explore
the issue of co-operation with last mile local cable partners
to create a valuable ecosystem for the consumer; one in which
differentiated content, customer service and value added offerings
are at the highest level. That will be worth paying more for
and will drive ARPUs higher."
"It's an important evolution," said Wanvari, "as
it helps scale and grow the cable industry and enables broadcasters
and content providers gain the ROI they so desperately need
to invest. It also eases the burden on the DTH sector and
provides effective competition at the ground and consumer
level And the entire evolution gives the regulators to mull
over deregulating pricing."
*IDOS 2013 is powered by Star India, while summit partners
include Discovery Channel, Dolby, CISCO, Hathway Cable and
Datacom, SES, and Videocon d2h. The associate partners are
BBC World News, Exset, Indiacast and Media Pro. 24 Frames
is the webcast partner.*