Category Archives: Pay TV

Cisco Videoscape India sacks 200 engineers

Cisco Videoscape (formerly known as NDS Group) which develops software for the pay TV industry has sacked over 200 engineers in India as part of its global re-structuring strategy, as per a media report. Cisco is also apparently planning to recruit people with different skillsets with an understanding of technologies in set-top-boxes and mobility rather [...]

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, [...]