Indian Telecom industry is the second largest in the world with 670 million customers. Indian telecom is known for intense competition, huge subscriber addition and affordable rates. The industry could reach this height only through the dynamism of the industry leaders, timely support and policy intervention of the Government. 2011 could be a watershed year with major changes expected in consolidation and competitive landscape. There are 14 service providers in India broadly categorized into two groups -incumbents and new entrants.
To the viewer it looks just like it’s being done the old fashioned way, but in fact we’re undergoing a paradigm shift in the way we get out audio / video content. Within the next few years many people will be using their computer as their home’s content management system. It will be networked with other computers in the house and connected to your TV. You’ll be able to use it a giant video storage device to time shift and store content, much like you use your DVR (TiVO) today. When you want to rent a video, you’ll simply stream it for immediate viewing or download it to be viewed later. The video store will soon be going the way of the pay phone; sure you’ll be able to find one, but you’ll have to really look.
I know so many independent filmmakers, independent content makers, artists… even people who make games. What I tell people is that this platform is so pliable, and so customizable: to the business model, the experience you wish to provide. This is doable.
That’s great, but where do you get the content? I mean, you just can’t have thousands of channels pumped into your computer straight from the Internet, can you? Well, actually you can. There are really a few ways to get TV on your computer. You can buy a TV tuner card. This basically turns your computer into a high tech VCR or personal video recorder (PVR – think TiVO) device. That’s pretty darn cool, but there are a couple of downsides to the approach. First of all, as was pointed out earlier, there is a content question. Where do you get it?
Latest advancements in bathroom TV design has even seen Click here utilised as part of the functionality which ads some positive possibilities to this already excellent technology.
SONY Entertainment the only major channel in the Top 3 slots today, seems to be keeping its options open with regards to DTH. Whether they join an existing platform or start one of their own it’s anybody’s guess.
The important thing to remember is that an HDMI Cable does not cost R 1000. The South African consumer has been mislead into thinking that a R 1000 cable is better than a R 85 cable. This is not true, as the important thing to remember is longer HDMI cables should use thicker wire. I personally recommend and purchase gold platted 28 AWG HDMI cables.
The brands that I recommend are Clearline and APC. The only protection on CAT6 Cables is using shielded cat6 cable. LAN lightning protection does not work. The margin for errors is large as there are huge speed differences between LAN and HDMI.