Though viewers at present seem reluctant to pay more for content, they will be enticed to do so once value added services like interactivity and digitisation are available.
Speakers on the panel, 'RoI: Pushing the envelope, models that pay’, said migration to digital format was increased almost by the hour. Indiantelevision.com founder and CEO Anil Wanvari and Media Partners Asia executive director Vivek Couto conducted the discussion.
The panel was part of the Sixth India Digital Networks Summit, organised by indiantelevision.com and Media Partners Asia.
Incable MD and CEO Ravi Mansukhani said that the time had come to re-rate the industry and make all sections – DTH, DTV, and analogue – move together. He said it was time consuming for any consumer to go to a theatre for seeing a film or go to the market for shopping, and therefore the internet and VAS on TV offered viable solutions that one could afford and were more economical. Digitisation would provide all these opportunities, he added.
Mansukhani informed that the cable operator was not unduly worried about the growth of DTH since it did not directly affect his business. He said 30 per cent of the TV sets being sold were still standard TVs, incapable of receiving HDTV. Switching over to LCD or LED TVs was bound to take some time. The growth of HD was around 18 to 20 per cent in the metros of Delhi and Mumbai but was less than 10 per cent nationally.
However, he added that the real change will come with the bundling of TV and the internet and the process of digitisation will get accelerated.
As far as analogue TV was concerned, Mansukhani noted that it was presently doing a balancing act since the cable operator had to drop some channels in order to provide some others as the present analogue STB could not carry more than a certain number of channels.
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TS-Doctor 1.2.45 October 9, 2012
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