The event was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Janab Firhad Hakim, Minister-in-Charge of Municipal Affairs, in the presence of Guest-of-Honour, Sri Aroop Biswas, Minister-in-Charge, Housing & Youth Affairs, Government of West Bengal. The ministers spent quite some time visiting the various stalls and pavilions and also making some very important announcements from the CATV SHOW 2017 forum. Many participants from the neighboring countries also participated in the SHOW. The CATV SHOW 2017 organizers also hosted a cultural programme and dinner on the sidelines of the event at a star hotel in the city.
The Minister announced that Kolkata would initiate underground cable laying in a big way thus opening up for infrastructure development and augmentation. An estimated 10,000 people from different walks of business and consumers attended the CATV SHOW 2017. The event was also widely covered in the print, online and television media. The three-day event is organized by Kolkata-based Cable TV Equipments Traders & Manufacturers Association (CTMA).
“CABLE TV SHOW 2017 is the 20th Annual Show organized by CTMA. There were 20 pavilions and 70 stalls put up this year for showcasing a wide range of state-of-the-art products and services related to the cable industry. With the steady digitization of cable television sector and the Digital India campaign, the scope and importance of Cable Television (CATV) has increased manifold. This year the CABLE TV SHOW is sponsored by DARKHORSE and EURO DIGITAL is the co-sponsor,” said Mr. Pawan Jajodia, Treasurer & Chairman Exhibition, CTMA. AISHWARYA TECHNOLOGIES, GLOBETEK INFOWAY, INNO INSTRUMENT, RAILTEL, MEGHBALA BROADBAND, CLOUDSKY BROADBAND are associate sponsors the CABLE TV SHOW 2017.
“Digitization of delivery of Cable TV service through set top box is now in its final and crucial lap as the whole of India would be covered in Phase IV by 31st March 2017. CTMA would call upon the Government to remove the entry barrier of Rs 1 lakh MSO DAS registration/license fee for small entrepreneurs and multi-system operators. There is a flat rate of Rs 1 lakh for local or pan-India cable operations. This is in favour of big cable operators. We want graded fee for those who want licence for smaller places on the lines of categorisation of Internet service,” said Mr K K Binani, Secretary, CTMA.
Cable TV sector is poised for some sweeping transformation under regulatory intervention. The viewer may pay for only the channels that he wishes to view / subscribe. Pay channel broadcasters will have to announce a genre and MRP for each of the channels on offer.