November 8th, 2014 11:43 AM 1 COMMENTS

MSOs reeling under losses due to the delay in Digitization, plan to start with voluntary digitisation

Digitisation has hit a roadblock when the I&B minister announced recently that it will be postponing phase 3 and phase 4. MSOs and broadcasters were found criticising the move as they had already invested huge sum for the digitization process and are yet to realise their investments. Siti Cable CEO quoted “It is the MSOs who have invested in the Digitisation”. In such a case Mr. Wadhwa suggested that MSOs... Read More

October 31st, 2014 4:35 AM 2 COMMENTS

Airtel Digital TV and DishTV publish their Q2 2014-15 revenues

Airtel and DishTV have published their Q2 2014-15 ending 30th September results and the results are a mixed bag. The television and broadcasting sector is undergoing a change so things might just improve in future. Here's what the results are: Airtel:  Airtel's total revenue was Rs. 626.3 crore. Its earnings before interest and taxes stand at a loss of Rs 67.7 crores which is not really a good sign. It... Read More

October 24th, 2014 4:41 PM 2 COMMENTS

A new digital cable TV federation to replace MSO Alliance, a good move?

Leading national and state level cable operators have merged to form an union federation, All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF). Leading cable operators who had users more than a lakh were invited at this meeting where they introduced this Federation. With the formation of AIDCF, the Multi-System Operators (MSO) Alliance comprising the five national MSOs has been dissolved. VD Wadhwa, CEO of Siti Cable was unanimously elected as the president of AIDCF. All MSOs who have a... Read More

October 21st, 2014 10:48 AM 6 COMMENTS

Airtel and Samsung launches Integrated Digital TV (iDTV) Priced at Rs 44,900

Airtel digital TV today announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this innovation - Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital TV Smart Card which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB). The Integrated Digital TV (iDTV) capability will deliver a smart TV viewing experience for... Read More

October 13th, 2014 4:21 PM 15 COMMENTS

MSOs stop airing TV9 channels in Telangana

TV9 had faced a setback in Telangana after they aired defamatory content on their channel. The channel had also received a warning to strictly follow the Programme Code and the advertisement code from rules 6 and 7 of the cable Televisions Networks Rule. TV9 rendered a thoughtful apology for allegedly telecasting ‘Defamatory content’ followed by which Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) ordered the MSOs to restart the TV9 signals.... Read More

October 11th, 2014 8:55 PM 11 COMMENTS

Set-top box portability might soon become a reality

Information and Broadcasting (I&B) minister Prakash Javadekar has stated the government is planning to bring set-top box portability to the country, otherwise called "inter-operability". This will enable consumers to change their service providers by just replacing the chip-enabled card rather than having to buy set-top box every time they change the service provider. “Like portability of mobile phones, the viewers should also have similar options with the set-top boxes. They... Read More

September 29th, 2014 7:57 PM 0 COMMENTS

Let the market decide the Pay Tv prices instead of forced random hikes-IDOS 2014

In the recent India Digital Operators summit 2014 which was held in Goa, Mr Anil Wanvari CEO and Editor in chief of gave an overview on how the TV industry has shaped in the recent past. The adaptation of CAS(Conditional Access System) and DAS(Digital Access System) has changed the way the industry functions said Wanvari. The broadcasters demand for higher revenue from the Pay Tv is still not meted... Read More

September 25th, 2014 4:18 PM 1 COMMENTS

Videocon D2H adds two new Odia channels

Videocon D2H which is one of the country’s leading providers of Direct to Home (DTH) service has just added two Odia channels named the Kanak TV and Zee Kalinga to its bouquet of channels on offer. They will be available in the basic pack named ‘Super Gold’ onwards.  The addition of two Odia channels has taken the tally of company’s Odia channels on offer to 13. It offers about 500... Read More

September 17th, 2014 11:45 AM 1 COMMENTS

Local STB Manufacturers say they can fulfill the demand for the STBs in lieu with the final phases of Digitisation

I&B minister Prakash Javedekar had recently expressed his concern over the fact that better quality STB(Set Top Box) were being exported and the lower quality ones being sold in the domestic market. He then expressed the Government’s willingness to help the local STB manufacturers especially with the issues related to the taxation. The manufacturers on the contrary comforted the Information & Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry that they be able to meet... Read More

September 15th, 2014 1:42 PM 0 COMMENTS

SITI cable to extend services in Northern and Southern India as part of its Expansion

Essel group owned SITI cable which is an Multi System Operator (MSO) in Mumbai is on the verge of expanding its business and in a document pertaining to the shareholders it has asked clearance from the shareholders to approve the increase in the capital share. The MSO has been through a rough patch recently and it put the blame on the Declaration of subscribers base and lower Average Revenue Per... Read More

September 11th, 2014 8:21 AM 3 COMMENTS

In a Recent move Dish TV separates its STB Business and hands it over to Xing Media

Dish TV has decided to convert its set-top-box (STB) to a wholly-owned subsidiary in a bid to save some licensing fees. XingMedia Distribution Pvt Ltd is the subsidiary that will take care of all the auxiliary businesses of Dish TV primarily compromising of Dish Antenna and other services. STBs and other hardware have always been a major investment for DTH companies. Dish TV will devise a capex in the form... Read More

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