Space is likely to put over half a trillion USD at stake, as per industry estimates. The digital paradigm in the broadcast media industry is expected to restructure the entire business model. In the digital age, user experience has moved away from being content driven to ‘on-demand’ delivery, offered in a device of consumer choice. Hence, industry’s focus has shifted to:
The massive data leak has brought down share prices of Facebook to half. While the reputation of the biggest social media house is at stake, and many old timers with Facebook called up users to delete their accounts to safeguard their data, Mark Zuckerberg has already apologized to the US Congress and taken personal responsibility over the Cambridge Analytica scandal for “not doing enough” to protect his social media platform’s 87 million users’ private data from being misused, sold, looted or leaked for nefarious purposes such as affecting the results of an election.
First announcing a proposal to punish journalists engaged in fake news, then taking it back due to national uproar and PMO intervention; then proposing to regulate online media, followed by a fresh proposal to install chip in new television set-top boxes (STBs) to ascertain accurate viewership data – the journey towards gagging media and keeping an eye on people’s activities, even their TV watching habits, doesn’t seem to stop with the government.
ANGACOM, Exhibition and Conference for Broadband, Cable &Satellite, has released its conference agenda which has been completely new structured and extended to 34 expert panels for 2018. The event will take place in Cologne/Germany from 12 to 14 June 2018. Following the slogan ‘Where Broadband meets Content’ key topics will equally address the latest developments in the broadband and media markets.
The government on March 14 got the Budget for fiscal year beginning April 1 passed in Lok Sabha. In Budget 2018, basic income tax rates and the slabs have been kept unchanged. From a new long-term capital gains tax on stocks and equity mutual funds to relief for senior citizens on interest income - the changes announced in Budget 2018 are many. However, the Budget 2018 failed to do much for taxpayers as well as the salaried class. It is important for all tax payers to be aware of the tax proposals of this year’s Union Budget as they are going to impact our earnings as well as the day-to-day lives from the upcoming financial year (2018-2019). Here are 10 key changes from 1st April 2018 which must be noted.
March 2018 has been the month of leakages and theft. While the Aadhaar data sale in black markets was still under scanner, the Indian politics was caught red-faced with the BBC’s Channel 4 News disclosure of Facebook data theft by a British consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica (CA). It was accused of using data for helping various political parties and candidates to influence voters to win elections (the biggest example was Donald Trump); the data were harvested from 50 million Facebook profiles.
What does a ball do? It moves when it is hit. There are many ways to extend the time limit of a case; moving from court to court, judge to judge is one way, though no one can complain as the judiciary is over-burdened with millions of pending cases. But who will shed a tear on consumers’ interests getting eroded in the dance of a case?
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.
Three in One Mega event of Asia has a new addition in ConnecTechAsia addressing this issue. The show will be held in Singapore from 26-28 June 2018.
In the last few months, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (MIB/I&B) has been in the news for all the unwanted reasons such as withholding the salaries of Prasar Bharati staff following a war of words between the Ministry and the Board, and underutilization of the fund.
Hybrid STBs to convert our existing television viewing into a “Smart TV Experience”. Users can watch satellite TV content as well as online content from Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms such as YouTube, Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.
Freedom of working and rights of doing things in our own way is something which is precious. In government departments, staff often feels subservient to the ministries, and have to virtually follow their orders. Meandering in any way would cost them dearly like what we saw recently during the ongoing tussle between the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting(MIB) and the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati which works under the Ministry.
In a very surprising move the MIB has now decided to extend the date of digitisation till March 2020, after the Parliamentary Standing Committee for IT had pulled up the Ministry for not doing enough to ensure smooth and complete implementation of DAS (Digital Addressable Systems) in the country for the benefit of consumers. This decision comes after one year of the Ministry declaring successful completion of digitisation on 31st March 2017. The Ministry now accepts that only 87% of existing consumers have been seeded with digital Set-Top-Boxes. However, according to Cable Operators Federation of India (COFI), 40 million subscribers have been deprived of Cable TV services, many of them in the far flung areas still getting analog signals where neither the MSO are able to provide the digital feed nor the DTH operators are capable of providing service.
The latest edition of exchange4media's annual event NewsNext 2018 was held in Noida on 12 February 2018. All bigwigs of the News broadcast industry in India were present at the glittering ceremony which apart from the conference also hosted the 10th edition of e4m News Broadcasting Awards (ENBA).
Abuse and violence against females are just not stopping. It takes just a chance for a man to attack stealthily or openly. The lure for fame and glamour often mask the real urge of child artiste to show their talent to the world and make their family proud.
It is said that if you want to win people’s hearts in a particular region, talk in their language. Tech giants like Google and social networking behemoths like Facebook and Twitter could not have expanded so universally if they haven’t offered their services in regional language. Offering content in local languages also makes a tremendous business sense; it creates lots of revenue as well as employment.
In January 2018, the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology issued a few crucial directions to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) which may have great impact on broadcasting and cable TV sector.
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