On 7 Feb 2019, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) issued a letter which was in follow up of the concerns raised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DoEPwD) in recent past.
In January 2019, national pubcaster Prasar Bharati had invited applications from private broadcasters for participating in its 38th online e-auction for filling up of 54 vacant of MPEG-2 slots on its DD Free Dish DTH service.
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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.
Hinduja Media Group’s multi prod uct Strategy for LCO Entrepreneurship to move on and expand customers in all nook and corners of India IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd, the Pioneer Multi system Operator was established in 1995. Today it’s amongst India’s Top 5 largest multi-system operators.
Satellit e Earth Station antennas, often referred to as satellite “dishes,”are used for receiving satellite signals from television programming networks at cable head ends and other facilities. Their size may vary from 1 to as large as 30meters in diameter, depending on the frequency, satellite position, and service requirements.
DTH in India is slowly losing its sheen to the online services. This was evident from the TRAI’s quarterly performance report for the first quarter ending 30 June 2018. The total active DTH pay-TV subscribers dropped slightly to 67.53 million from 67.56 million. The loss has been experienced year after year after the completion of mandatory digitization in March 2017.
TDSAT Seminar held in Mumbai focused on post Digitisation developments in the Industry, particularly the regulated challenges in the converged communication environment. As reported earlier, TDSAT’s domain of adjudication has been increased including Cyber and Online disputes and Airport Sector.
Government makes changes in the FDI policy
The government on 28 August announced changes in the FDI policy for all sectors. New policy for the broadcasting sector makes it mandatory for security clearance of all senior executives, directors, Foreign consultants, collaborators etc. Permission of the Ministry is required to make any change in the appointments. The last time FDI policy was amended in June 2016
TRAI floats Consultation Paper on ‘Ease of Doing Business in Broadcasting Sector’
Of the 19 markets covered, while smartphone usage is a key driver for data traffic growth, fixed broadband still accounted for the largest share of data traffic in 2016. With much consumption still happening within the home rather than on the move, fixed broadband will continue to account for the largest share of data traffic until 2020, when smartphones will exceed fixed broadband for the first time.
Putting India in the league of powerful countries in terms of space research and rocket launches, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), on 5th June, launched country’s most powerful and heaviest rocket, sending a communications satellite into orbit in a successful debut flight.
Sony Pictures Networks India has launched children’s entertainment channel Sony Yay! on 18th April. Targeted at the 2-14 age group, the new channel is available in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages. Leena Lele Dutta, Business Head, Sony YAY!, spoke to Cable Quest about the newly launched channel and the future growth of the kids entertainment segment. Excerpts from the interview:
Those, raising their voice in support of single window process for speedy approval of a project, know very well the importance of it, as they do not want to waste their energy, money and time in running department to department for a job to be done. IoT or Internet of Things is like this single window process, a tool to offer a seamless lifestyle where a user can control his almost every task, no matter where that task is based, with a click of a button while being anywhere in the world.
A business-friendly environment is a pre-requisite for the growth of a nation. A favorable business environment makes a country a favorite business destination. It not only leads to employment generation but also helps in the growth and development of an economy. The Government of India has launched an ambitious program of regulatory reforms aimed at making it easier to do business in India. The program aims to identify the bottlenecks and remove them to create a more business-friendly environment. The efforts have yielded some results with India improving four places on the World Banks’ Doing Business index rankings in 2017.
Is tradition TV viewing declining? Are advertisers losing interest in TV? These are disturbing questions for broadcasters and all those connected to the industry. The drop in TV viewing caused by the advent of new media technologies like OTT (Over the Top) and IoT and faster internet speed is forcing broadcasters to become innovative and supply what new-age consumers want – choice, convenience and privacy. Hence, they are launching their new OTT platform s and partnering with content providers and technology suppliers to retain their customers and win new audiences.
Expected to be commercially rolled out by 2020, 5G is the fifth generation of mobile telephony, and is the fastest generation of networks so far. Nokia, Siemens and other companies are working in this direction. But to achieve 5G network in the India, the government needs to focus on good bandwidth which is not possible without strengthening the infrastructure. There is a lot to be done.
Accounting 11.5% of all advertising, sports sponsorship again posts a bright picture. While advertising grew 11.89% in 2016, sports registered a whopping 19.33% growth. In a cricket-crazy nation, this can be accepted as a natural phenomenon, but the good thing is - other sports are also registering a positive growth in advertising, thanks to the good performances by Indian women players at the Olympics, and government’s special emphasis on indigenous games like kabaddi. The advertisers are now willing to spend big money on major events; mobile phone brands are at the top. The year 2016 saw advertisers spending Rs 6400-cr on sports sponsorship, according to the fourth edition of Sporting Nation in the making, a report jointly published by ESP Properties, GroupM and SportzPower; the study was released on 16th March 2017.
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