On 20 January 2019, leading video on demand (VoD) or over-the-top (OTT) platforms such as Netflix, Hotstar and Sony Picture Networks signed an agreement to self-regulate streamed content in India by following a voluntary code of conduct. This was a landmark step towards addressing the viewers’ concerns on disturbing visuals and dialogues as being shown through web series.
We have welcomed TRAI’s New Regulatory Framework for the Broadcast Industry because we have been waiting for a regulatory regime for our industry since 2004 when TRAI was handed over the responsibility of this sector. Progressive regulations are highly required to benefit all stakeholders creating a level playing field and steering the industry on a path of progress and profitability.
It takes 1.5 hours for Ram Prakash to commute to his office daily. He would have got bored to death sitting in Metro train doing nothing but staring at other faces. Thank God, it’s smartphone which saved him and millions of jobbers across the world as they are suing that time to refresh themselves with the videos of their choice. This is an age of video-on-demand (VoD) and over- the- top (OTT), being supplied in plenty by leading platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar and Zee5, all at the cost of television.
After the successful career in DTH and Media industries, Mr Anil Khera moved on started a media company called One Take Media Co. One Take now provides Value Added Services leading Airlines, DTH, Telecom and Cable Industries besides various OTT Apps opting for One Take contents. It is interesting to know the genre spreads of One Take from Kids to Hollywood Movies to Korean/Turkish TV series.
2018 has ended with many hopes for the industry. The year 2018 appears to have passed very soon as nothing significant has happened for the cable and broadcast industry throughout the year. All hopes for a better future at the beginning of the year have belied and industry is in a state of gloom. New Tariff order and regulations have been implemented with some important clauses missing. Some of them are still in the courts making us carry forward our hopes to the next year. Economic situation in the country is topsy turvy and hopes for stable economy have also been carried forward to 2019. DTH and MSOs are still reeling under the impact of demonetization of 2016 and implementation of GST in 2017, unable to invest for network upgrades for broadband services or adopting new technologies of OTT and Video streaming.
On 30 October, the Supreme Court upheld the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) tariff order for broadcasting sector. The apex court dismissed a petition filed by broadcasters Star India and Vijay Television which challenged the Madras High Court order allowing the TRAI tariff order and interconnect regulation.
Today, the Indian pay-TV market is in a transitional phase, with many operators and broadcasters migrating toward IP-based delivery. Moreover, mobile video consumption is escalating. According to the latest research from Frost & Sullivan, the OTT video market in India will experience significant growth between now and 2022, with up to $3 billion in untapped revenue potential. A key challenge facing content providers and pay-TV operators in the region is how to cost-effectively deliver a high quality of experience (QoE) on every screen.
BharatNet & Digital India bite dust as only 2.5% panchayats get net connection
Fifth-generation wireless (5G) is the latest cellular technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. With 5G, data transmitted over wireless broadband connections could travel at rates as high as 20 Gbps by some estimates -- exceeding wireline network speeds -- as well as offer latency of 1 ms or lower for uses that require real-time feedback. 5G will also enable a sharp increase in the amount of data transmitted over wireless systems due to more available bandwidth and advanced antenna technology.
on 14 November 2018, India added another feat in its ambitious space program by successfully launching communications satellite GSat29.The satellite was carried by the rocket GSLV-Mk III which blasted from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.
On 11 November 2018, the Telecom regulator TRAI issued a consultation paper on Over-The-Top (OTT) services. The regulator seeks stakeholders’ inputs on how to regulate platforms like Whatsapp and Skype. The consultation paper is titled, 'Regulatory Framework for Over The Top Communications Services'.
Broadband India Forum (BIF), held its Fourth International Annual Satcom Summit ‘India SatCom-2018’, in New Delhi on 20-21 November. The event was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Ms. Aruna Sundararajan, Telecom Secretary and Chairman, Digital Communications Commission, Govt. of India. Senior officials from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also graced the occasion. The event was attended by other leading Industry experts from India and abroad and other members of Satcom and Broadband fraternity
On 25 October 2018, Pakistan’s Supreme Court constituted committee comprising 2 members from Customs and an additional director of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to probe and take necessary steps to check the menace of illegal sale of Indian Direct to Home (DTH) technology boxes in the country’s lucrative black market.
Union Minister Ananth Kumar passed away in Bengaluru in the early morning on 12 November. The 59-year-old BJP leader was suffering from cancer. Kumar was holding two portfolios of Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals and Fertilizers in the Modi government.
The year 2018 appears to have passed very soon as nothing significant has happened for the cable and broadcast industry throughout the year. All hopes for a better future at the beginning of the year have belied and industry is in a state of gloom. TRAI’s Tariff Order and regulations are still stuck in the court, carrying forward the hopes of a regulated industry to the next year. Economic situation in the country is topsy turvy and hopes for stable economy are again being carried forward to 2019.
Some call it ‘offensive and derogatory’ and hence should be banned; some say it is a unifying force. This is the great saga of the word ‘Dalit’. On June 8, 2018, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had asked the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to consider issuing a direction to media to stop using the word ‘Dalit’. On August 7, 2018, the ministry issued a circular directing the media to refrain from using the word ‘Dalit’ and to instead use ‘scheduled caste’. Is the system becoming intolerant, heading for sensorship of the Media?
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