To get more authentic viewership figures for every channel, on 15 April, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (MIB) proposed installation of a chip in new television set-top boxes (STBs) which will provide data about channels watched and their duration.
As per Digital TV Research report, pay-TV subscribers’ base may touch 1.1 billion figures. The number of pay-TV subscribers passed 1 billion in 2017.The Global Pay TV Subscriber Forecasts report concludes that IPTV will win most of the additional subscribers or 81 million. The report stated that IPTV will overtake pay satellite TV subs in 2018.
Following Dataxis latest research, Pay TV operators continue to invest in advanced STBs worldwide. As part of its permanent Advanced STB tracker, Dataxis analysed the details of more than 240 deals made by operators worldwide in the last three years.
On April 6, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) increased its stake in multi system operator (MSO) DEN by buying 18,34,784 or 0.9% stake at Rs 104 a piece for Rs 19.08 crore. It is a sovereign wealth fund of Government of Norway.
While the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on April 5 issued a consultation paper to seek views of the stakeholders on the issue of landing page, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (MIB) has told the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) to stop using landing channel or page to measure television ratings and submit a compliance report within a span of 15 days.
The deal between multi system operator Fastway Transmission and the broadcaster ZEEL is expiring on March 31, but both players have not taken any step to renew the agreement. While MSO Fastway is open to a reference interconnect offer (RIO) deal, both players are in favour of entering into a negotiated fixed fee as has been the case so far.
To give a boost to indigenous set-top-box (STB), the iCAS project was launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The Bengaluru-based ByDesign’s indigenous conditional access system (CAS) iCAS is now creating great buzz and is the main reason behind falling (SD) STB prices.
On March 25, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSTA) hasdirected the multi system operator (MSO) Scod18 Network not to disconnect signals of IndiaCast Media Distribution distributed channels from any other operator.
In its latest move, Hinduja Group has bought 0.41% stake (85,000 shares) in its group company Hinduja Ventures Ltd (HVL). HVL operates across three segments: media and communication, real estate, and investment. Now the company’s holding in HVL has gone up marginally to 27.42%.
Following a complaint filed by the Broadcasters Audience Research Council (BARC) India, the Telangana state police, on 22 March,arrested five people for alleged TV panel home tampering.
The 11th State Conference of COA has decided to commemorate May 7th the death day of Mr. N.H. Anwar, the former Cable TV Operators Association President, as cable protection day. The Conference also decided to convert 25% of Cable TV connections to broadband connections within a year. It has been decided that the various network connections will be combined together to form cluster in attempt to raise the quality of network connections and services.
According to new research from subscription, billing and customer relationship management (CRM) specialist Paywizard, the vast majority of consumers want pay-TV operators to demonstrate they understand their needs and provide them with a positive customer experience at every stage of consumer engagement, but close to a third say they are falling short,
The Minister of State (MoS) in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore told the Rajya Sabha that India has more cable TV households than direct-to-home (DTH) homes.
To ensure full implementation of the digital addressable system (DAS), the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) will continue the 12th Plan Scheme ‘Mission Digitisation’ up to 31 March 2020 with an outlay of Rs. 12.70 crore.
The proposal to issue equity shares to promoter and promoter group entities not exceeding Rs 8.75 crore has been approved by the board of directors of multi system operator (MSO) Ortel Communications.
The Zee-DEN war which has left DEN users in lurch for many months has now reached the information and broadcasting ministry (I&B). Zee has filed a complaint against multi-system operator (MSO) DEN Networks and its affiliate partners in the Ministry. In the complaint, the broadcaster has alleged that the DEN is supplying signals of TV channels in an unencrypted and non-addressable mode in digital addressable systems (DAS) notified areas.
Due to cheap data rates and smartphones, OTT content is becoming the king with consumers. To cash in the boom, multi system operator (MSO) JPR Network has partnered with Falcon Media to launch an over the top (OTT) service.
Flouting the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) orders many times had cost Shimla-based multi system operator (MSO) Good Media News heavily, as the tribunal has now ordered the attachment of all movable and immovable properties of this MSO.
As per media sources, ZEEL has issued a demand notice of Rs 50 crore against MSO Hathway. The dues are for a period of 4-5 months. On 20 February, broadcaster ZEEL has moved the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to recover its dues.
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