Huawei Honor Holly
Huawei Honor 6
Oplus XonPhone 5
Xiaomi Redmi 1S
Asus Zenfone 6
Asus Zenfone 5
HTC One (M8)
Analysis: Sony Xperia Z3 camera capability and image quality
How to shop smarter online to get best prices, discounts
Xiaomi Redmi 1S tested after OTA update
iPhone 6 Plus vs Galaxy Note 4 vs Nexus 6: Specs Comparison
SignEasy lets you sign documents digitally on your phone or tablet
How tech is taking football to the next level
Classic FPS games are a dying breed
Slowly gathering steam...
The obsession within
Carmick Shift: Can John Carmack and Oculus Rift change the world?
Indian Air Force asks personnel not to use Xiaomi phones
Apple issues security warning for iCloud
Intex Aqua Amaze octa-core smartphone launched at Rs. 10,690
Microsoft releases first update to its Windows 10 Technical Preview
Philips Aurora i966 with 5.5-inch QHD display, 3GB RAM unveiled
Moto G 2nd gen launched, available from midnight at Rs. 12,999
Xiaomi goes for the kill, prices Redmi 1S at Rs. 5,999 in India
Xiaomi lists Mi3 cases and power-banks on Flipkart, offers 10,400 mAh powerbank for Rs. 999
Moto G2 expected to be announced on 10 September
Motorola Moto X (Gen 2) smartphone, Moto 360 smartwatch announced for India
Dell Inspiron 3542
Acer Aspire E1-572
ASUS Zenbook UX302LG
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10.1 Windows
Overview: Implementing fast real-time GPU-based image blur algorithms
How to use Intel Perceptual Computing SDK for human-robot interface
How to use touch gestures to Influence Physics Parameters using TouchScript
Case Study: How to adapt multiple input methods on Intel based hybrid devices
How to fix Nexus 4 power button issue
How to get started with OpenCL on Android OS
How to use Intel Cilk Plus to speed up your Android application
Tutorial: How to implement H.265/HEVC for Intel Atom Based Android Platforms
How to implement Gesture Sequences in Unity 3D game engine via TouchScript framework
How to use Native Library Compression SDK for Android apps
Digit News Update [21 Oct 2014]
Digit News Update [20 OCT 2014]
Pentax K-500 Camera Review
Lenovo launches Yoga 2 series tablets
Apple unveils ipad air 2 and the ipad mini 3
Best online deals to look out for today
5 apps to get the Android Lollipop look on your smartphone
Top 10 value for money phones to buy from 6K to 20K
Apple iPad Air 2 vs. Google Nexus 9: Specs comparison
Lenovo Yoga 2 tablets: Hands on
Cable operators in Bengaluru are protesting, with the hope that the April 1, 2013 deadline for the implementation of the Digital Addressable System will be extended. The government has maintained that no extension will be provided.
Cable TV operators in Bangalore and Mysore staged a black flag protest, to oppose the 31st March deadline for the second phase of digitization, which will cover these two cities as well. The Karnataka State Cable TV Operators Association has gone ahead and submitted a memorandum to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, stating their demands. Their list of demands include – 1. Extension of the deadline, 2. Changing the revenue-share model with multi-system operators (MSOs) as prescribed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, and 3. Evolution of a licensing frame for local cable operators (LCOs).
The association “wants to know” the status of digitization in the cities covered in the first phase, which included three metro cities – Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
Meanwhile, at a seminar on ‘Digital Addressable Cable TV System - A New Era’ organized by the Broadcast Engineers Society of India, the Technical Advisor for Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Technical, Shri Yogendra Pal said, “Digitization is necessary for regulation and advisability of problems that are plaguing the cable TV sector.”
There are major issues with the current cable television setup in India. The primary problem being the underreporting of subscribers, leading to broadcasters getting lesser revenue than they actually should. Second is the issue of signal piracy and unauthorized broadcast of channels without the broadcasters’ permission. There are many times when on the local cable connection, you might see a channel with the logo of a DTH operator somewhere on the screen. That is an example of signal piracy. Also, current analog systems can only carry a limited number of channels, with no control over quality of service or the number of channels on offer.
TRAI recommendation: To begin with TRAI has mandated that all Multi Service Operators (MSOs) carry a minimum of 200 channels from the beginning. This number has to be bumped up to 500 channels by 2013. Also, subscribers will have to be offered 100 free-to-air channels as a basic pack – Basic Service Tier, if they wish to subscribe to that, at a minimum of Rs 100, carrying all 18 Doordarshan channels and five channels of each genre - news, sports, infotainment, music, lifestyle, movies and general entertainment. Also, TRAI states that a set top box should cost Rs 1500, with the customer paying Rs 850 up front, and the rest in installments. There will be a 1-year warranty on the hardware.
We had made an attempt to answer some questions regarding Digitization, before the Phase I was implemented. You can read that here.
Quite clearly, cable operators are worried that consumers will shift to DTH services the moment it comes to the reality of buying a set top box. The cost of a SD set top box for most DTH operators is pretty much the same as what cable operators will offer, and by paying a little extra, there is the option of upgrading to HD. The likes of Videocon d2h and Dishtv have been fairly bullish in attracting new subscribers, including those shifting over from cable TV. Videocon’s DTH service recorded the maximum new additions in the quarter ending December 2013, while Dishtv still leads in the total subscriber base.