The big monopoly houses in Indian cable industry have been offering resistance at every step of our journey. The big players thrive on the weaknesses of the small operators while our strategy is based on their empowerment. Many of these small LCOs are not highly educated and don’t fully understand the DAS regulations and matters related to taxation, etc. But they have made money by setting up their networks. At times they succumb to the pressure tactics and allurements of the big players but the history of the cable trade has shown that they don’t want to lose the control of their networks and of their customers.
Dr. Jinendra Kumar Jain is a Surgeon, Former Member of Parliament and the Founder / Chairman of Indian media House, the Jain TV Group. Dr. Jain pioneered the satellite TV era in India by launching country’s first round-the-clock satellite television service in Indian languages. JAINHITS is his latest initiative to serve the national goal of digitization. JAINHITS is a Direct To Network (DTN) digital service that has many advantages over DTH. JAINHITS proposes to distribute 200 to 500 digital channels via satellite to the existing ground networks of cable operators. JAINHITS is designed to integrate broadcasting and broadband internet services and thus help bridging the digital divide in one go all over the country.
Talking to exchange4media’s Abid Hasan, Dr Jain talks about the operations of JAINHITS, digitisation, and way forward for the cable TV industry.
Q. Why should a cable operator join hands with JAINHITS?
In our endeavor to enable 60,000 small and medium cable operators to become
MSOs and go digital independently, we are offering an integrated end- to- end,
single window plug & play solution. JAINHITS offerings are fully regulated and
DAS compliant with a wider choice of channels that is cost effective and is the
fastest way to offer Digital cable services in any part of India. In addition, our
broadband offering gives additional edge to JAINHITS partners and helps them
to increase revenues by increasing ARPUs.
Q. How much has the company achieved in terms of revenue as well as subscriber numbers since its inception?
In a short span of time since January 2014, JAINHITS has more than 300
Cable Operators across the country. We have sold more than 100,000 set top boxes so far. We are also providing broadband services at more than 150 locations and have crossed 50,000 subscriber base.
Q. What are the number of channels and services that you are offering?
Currently, JAINHITS offers 250 channels which comprises of large number of regional channels. Soon the number of channels will be enhanced to 500 with a special HD bouquet. We offer centralised billing, customer care, subscriber management system (SMS) and a full range of support solutions. In addition, we offer innovative products like cloud broadband, gaming console, HBB (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband) TV, Wi-Fi Hot spot, amplifiers, nodes, etc.
Q. Why is HITS a better option than DTH?
HITS is the best and cheapest delivery mechanism in digital broadcast space, making it the easily managed Digital Cable Delivery Platform. HITS is the only technology that can implement DAS in one stroke all over India, meeting all the regulatory and licensing requirements at the same time. HITS technology with the help of Subscriber Management System (SMS) and Conditional Access System (CAS) can monitor and control all accounting, billing and cable distribution related business functions of all the subscribers all over the country.
In addition, HITS is much less expensive and provides much better quality of service than DTH because the digital signals of HITS remain unaffected by rains or any other disturbance in the sky, which certainly destroy the DTH signals