Category Archives: Pay TV

Dish TV transfers STB business to its subsidiary

Dish TV has reported that it would shift its non-core entities to its subsidiary, essentially to save on licence fee and to focus on core business areas. The companys subsidiary, Xingmedia Distribution, will now handle its set-top-box business, dish antenna and allied services. Dish TV has planned to transfer debt of around INR 1,300 crore [...]

I&B ministry extends DAS deadline to December 2016

Indian Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has extended the deadline of phase III and IV digitisation to December 2015 and December 2016 respectively. The initiative is basically to boost indigenisation of set-top-boxes and to cover the entire country under digital addressable system.   During the phase I and II, STBs were being imported. The ministry [...]

Fastway integrates STMicroelectronics SoC

Multi-system operator, Fastway, has integrated system-on-chip integrated circuits for set-top boxes and home gateways from STMicroelectronics. STiH273 (Palma) HD cable chipsets offers co-ordinated performance of CPU, video decoder, image quality processor and front-end. The chipset supports an enhanced processing engine with integrated on-chip features that simplify set-top box design, including offering the possibility of a [...]

Tata Sky replaces 3 mn MPEG-4 STBs

Tata Sky has replaced over three million MPEG-4 set-top-boxes at no additional cost to consumers. The company undertook the migration process from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 compression technology last year. The company was impacted due to non-availablility of transponder capacity. By switching to the MPEG-4 standards, Tata Sky has freed up space on the existing transponders. [...]

Axom plans to seed 1 mn STBs in North-East

Assam based multi-system operator, Axom Communications and Cable, has planned to seed over one million set-top-boxes by the end of phase IV digitisation in Assam and other states of the north-eastern region. The north east terrain is such that cable TV cannot reach everywhere. Therefore DTH made a sizeable penetration in this market. We will [...]

GTPL selects ST Microelectronics chipsets

Indian multi-system operator, GTPL, is in pact with ST Microelectronics to integrate STi5197 SD and STiH273 HD cable chipsets for its HD and SD zappers. The STiH273 offers high-quality Faroudja video, 3DTV support, connectivity and advanced security schemes with conditional access system (CAS) support. The STi5197 delivers high-quality video, USB PVR-Lite support along with advanced [...]

Broadcom powers Tata Sky 4K STB

Broadcom has won a deal from Tata Sky to supply its BCM7252 high-efficiency video codec H.265 system-on-chip to power Tata Sky’s first generation ultra HD set-top-boxes. Tata Sky had signed production deal with Technicolor and has planned to 4K STBs throughout India in 2015. “By leveraging Broadcom’s Ultra HD devices with integrated HEVC compression technology, [...]

Tata Sky, Technicolor celebrate 10-years of partnership

Tata Sky and its France-based technology ally, Technicolor, have announced celebration of their ten years of association and the delivery of the 11 million Technicolor set-top-boxes. Over the past 10 years Tata Skys vision has been to offer its customers the best, most compelling video experience. Technicolor has been a true partner in that quest, [...]

Tata Sky to launch 4K STB in 2015

Tata Sky will introduce 4K set-top-boxes in the first quarter of 2015. The 4K technology offers 8.3 megapixels (3840×2160) which is four times the pixilation as the current HD standard, 2K (1920×1080). Being the market leader, we are always at the forefront of technology and have worked on delivering world class TV viewing experience. In [...]