Category Archives: Pay TV

Trai asks MSOs, broadcasters to sign interconnect deals by 30 April

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has asked multi system operators and broadcasters to sign interconnect agreements by 30 April. The regulator wants MSOs and broadcasters to resolve their issues and quicken the digitisation drive in India. Deadline for implementation of Phase III of digital addressable system (DAS) is 31 December, 2015. We have asked [...]

MIB to discuss with SIDBI on financing for MSOs to procure indigenous STBs

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has considered to discuss with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to aid multi-system operators gain access to long-term financing for procuring set-top-boxes from indigenous manufacturers. During the fifth meeting of the DAS Task Force, JS Mathur, Joint Secretary of broadcasting, MIB and Chairperson of Task Force, has [...]

ABS, Videocon partner to manufacture STBs

ABS Group has entered into a strategic agreement with Videocon Group to manufacture set-top-boxes. The newly introduced STB manufacturing business operates under a subsidiary company, ABS Production. As per the deal, ABS utilises Videocons Aurangabad facility to manufacture STBs. It has a capacity of generating one million STBs per month in a single shift. ABS [...]

Tata Sky, Videocon introduce 4K set-top-box

Tata Sky and Videocon have officially launched 4K set-top-box in India. Tata Sky has priced the STB at INR6,400 for new customers and INR5,900 for its existing subscribers. Videocon d2h 4K STB will be available for INR6,590  and INR5,990 for its existing customers. The 4K STBes deliver ultra-high-definition picture quality and Dolby digital plus 7.1 [...]

Videocon D2H selects MStar HEVC SoC

Videocon D2H has integrated high efficiency video codec (HEVC) H.265 system-on-chip from MStar Semiconductor on its HD set-top-boxes. HEVC technology will be greatly beneficial to DTH operators in India due to the saving of bandwidth, said Anil Khera, CEO of Videocon d2h. With the coming of HEVC technology, our subscribers will experience high-efficiency Asli HD [...]

DeitY to set up INR1 bn fund to aid indigenous STB manufacturers

Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) has planned to set up a fund of over INR1 billion (USD16.1 million) to support indigenous set-top-box manufacturers, as per a media report. The fund will provide STB manufacturers with long-term credit and boost local manufacturing. The money would be offered through the Credit Guarantee Fund Trust which [...]

Indigenous STB manufacturers seek MIB aid to procure STB orders

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has assured indigenous set-top-box manufacturers to facilitate a meeting to discuss with multi-system operators about the consumption of locally-manufactured STBs for the phase III and IV cable TV digitisation. STB manufactures had filed a complaint stating that MSOs has not placed any order for locally manufactured STBs. Earlier this week, the [...]

Pakistan government incurs PKR 50mn loss from PTCL on import of IPTV-STB, says MCC

Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has been accused of mis-declaration on clearance of imported set-top-box causing a loss of over PKR 50 million (USD 490,785) to the government, as per a media report. PTCL has paid 10% customs duty on the imported IPTV-STBs by clearing it under Pakistan Customs Tariff (PCT) heading 8517.6950, whereas the [...]

Broadcom bets big on India, China & South Asia

Broadcom sees massive opportunities in India, China and South Asia for its broadcast-related offerings across APAC region. Network demand has been accelerating in Asian markets and internet video has created a surge of late. Consumers are also demanding better quality of video. Bandwidth availability will increase as LTE services will take off in Asian markets. [...]

Dish TV to manufacture STB

Dish TV has planned to manufacture set-top-boxes in the country. The company anticipates that taxation structure would aid the local production industry. Jawahar Goel, Managing Director of Dish TV said that there would be improvement in the hardware economics of STBs sourced from India. “We hope that the taxation structure will be suitably amended to [...]