New Delhi: The government has accepted the recommendations of broadcast tribunal TRAI on Internet Protocol TV, setting the stage for faster growth for this new television channel distribution platform.
A senior information and broadcasting ministry official said the government has accepted the TRAI proposal on IPTV with minor charges.
As part of the recommendations, the uplinking/downlinking norms would be amended to enable the broadcasters to provide signals to all distributors of TV channels, including IPTV service providers, once appropriate provisions are made in the policy.
The IPTV segment has all the heavyweight players -- MTNL, BSNL, Bharti, Reliance Communications-- whcih have invested heavily in the network.
MTNL has already started the service. In the meantime, some of the service providers have experienced difficulties in getting television channels from the broadcasters at prices on which DTH service providers are getting in line with TRAI’s determination of a-la-carte and bouquet prices on advisory basis.
To have a smooth flow of channels for subscribers, TRAI has received a consensus from the broadcasters to adopt non-discriminatory price regime on the composition of bouquets and pricing of channels on a-la-carte and bouquets basis for IPTV services.
The ministry official said these steps should facilitate and expedite the conclusion of interconnection agreements between broadcasters and service providers to offer the services on competitive prices once appropriate provisions in policy are made by the Government.
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is a system where a digital television service is delivered using Internet Protocol over a network infrastructure, which may include delivery by a broadband connection.
It is television content that, instead of being delivered through traditional broadcast and cable formats, is received by the viewer through the technologies used for computer networks.
For residential users, IPTV is often provided in conjunction with Video on Demand and may be bundled with Internet services such as Web access and VoIP. The commercial bundling of IPTV, VoIP and Internet access is referred to as “Triple Play” service (adding mobility is called “Quadruple Play”).