The latest in the television technology bandwagon is digitization. Everyone talks about it but only a few understand it. The government of India has passed an ordinance which makes it mandatory for digitization of the cable services. This amendment makes Digital Addressable System (DAS) compulsory. Even with two phases of digitization over, the impact of digitization is not yet fully registered in the country. Indian consumers are yet to fully grasp the concept of digitization and how will they be empowered by digitization.
Here is an attempt to answer some of the frequently asked questions
What is digitization?
Digitization is the process of converting analogue information into a digital format which is of superior technology. The section 9 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Ordinance, 1995, along with the I&B ministry have made it compulsory for digitization of cable services. The objective of doing this is to entitle customers with larger benefits such as increase in the number of channels and enhanced viewing. In order to utilize digital services, consumers will require a satellite reflector to get signals and a set top box to decrypt those signals.
What is DTH?
DTH is an acronym for direct-to-home. It is the process by which broadcasting on a satellite television happens. Direct-to-home technology is also known as Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) Technology. Through this technology television services are provided anywhere in the country by usage of digital satellite service. People who stay in the interiors and remote places will be benefitted immensely by this as wireless technology enables channels, programmes and services to be sent directly to the consumer’s television devoid of cable infrastructure. DTH is considered a technological advancement in the history of channel broadcasting.
What is DVR?
DVR is an abbreviation for Digital Video Recorder. The Digital Video Recorder is an application software which enables one to record videos in a digital format such as USB flash drive, disk drive, memory card or a mass storage device. Set top boxes come with a provision known as direct to disk recording facility that provides recording onto secure digital memory cards. This can later be played back from the hard disk drive. It is an innovative feature that is provided by DTH service operators, which helps people record their favorite shows and programmes in case they have missed it or simply to watch it again.
Which is the best DTH?
This question can spark various answers as everyone can have a biased approach. Going by the choice of the majority, the most favored DTH is Videocon d2h. Videocon d2h is India’s fastest growing DTH service and is also Asia’s most promising DTH brand. It has won many awards and accolades. It gives various exciting features like the first brand to introduce a 3D channel, a radio frequency remote, 12 PIP Mosaic and many more.