Terrestrial will compliment switchover to digital: seminar


NEW DELHI: Digital technology in various segments of broadcasting and broadband dominated the second days proceedings at the 11th International Conference and Exhibition on Terrestrial and Satellite Broadcasting, organized by the Broadcast Engineering Society (India) here.

The session on Digital Age: Future of Broadcasting pitchforked several ideas into the limelight where the stress was on a switchover to the digital mode as it would benefit everybody from broadcasters, distributors of signals and


But that such acceptance of technology and its use should benefit the viewers ultimately was also brought out in sharp focus when Chellam Bose of Prasar Bharati said, Plans for digital switch-over must focus on the delivery of actual benefit to consumers rather than mere technological take-up.

He further added that the technological and social scale of preparation for digital switchover should not be underestimated in a country like India.

BK De of Sahara India, formerly with Doordarshan, while chairing the session observed that it would be a matter of time when several technologies would have a presence in India, but all will co-exist, complimenting and supplementing each other.

Speakers at this session also dwelt on the future of terrestrial transmission with the advent of digital technology, but the consensus was that the former would survive and exist even in a digital era where the likes of DTH and broadband may rule a certain section of the market.

As De pointed out, even in the developed markets like the US and the UK total switchover to digital transmission has not taken place and now UK has set itself a new deadline of 2013 from 2010.

Todays sessions at the BES Expo started with a keynote address by Lt. Gen. DP Sehgal, president of IETE (India) on factual analysis and status of broadband in the country.

Sehgal described the expansion of broadband connectivity as the growth engine for the broadcast and telecom sector. He outlined new services like 3G and Wi-Max that promise broadband wireless connectivity on mobile handsets or laptops and stressed on de-licensing of 2.4-2.48 GHz band for low power outdoor use and 5.15-5.35 GHz band for indoor.

This, according to him, would help accelerate proliferation of broadband communication in the country in a big way.

During the session on Mobile Broadcasting: Issues Involved Luc Haeberle of the German company R&S said, Viewing television while being mobile does extend viewing on mobile handsets and with widespread expansion of cellular network across the country, the concept of mobile TV will revolutionize TV viewing in a big way.

The speakers in this session included Philip Laven of EBU, Switzerland, Peter MacAvock of DVB, Switzerland and Haeberle. Unfolding the new concept of mobile TV, Laven broached on the subject of DVB-H, which is the standard

for mobile broadcasting.

In a session on Future Trends in Programme Production, it was highlighted that the trends are aimed at achieving higher production standards, while lowering production cost and time.

Speakers included RK Gupta, former Engineer-in-Chief of Doordarshan Ian Wood of OmniBus Systems, UK, Hideki Ohtaka of Panasonic, Japan, Dinesh Sawhney of Sony Corporation, Hong Kong; Roderick Snell of Snell & Wilcox, UK

and N.M. Mehra of Doordarshan.

The BES Expo provides a platform to manufacturers and service providers across the broadcast industry to showcase the latest state-of-the-art equipment. It also provides a rare opportunity to delegates and visitors to appraise themselves with the latest in technology. The theme of this years edition of BES Expo is Broadcasting Vision: 2020.

The three-day event was inaugurated by I&B minister Jaipal Reddy yesterday who said, The Industrial Revolution started in the West and we were slow to catch up. But we are definitely living up to the second revolutionthe information revolution. I congratulate the Broadcast Engineering Society for playing a significant role in this process.

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