Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) pilot project is under scrutiny of Prasar Bharati officials, MPs, ministers and some journos. After the pilot in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, DTT is set to travel to Bangalore around November.
According to sources, the difference between DTT in Bangalore and other cities is that this time around, it will perhaps be a double-capacity transmission. Instead of four to five channels in DTT, Bangalore may consist of double the number of channels.
According to sources DTT is operational in Delhi, and more than 200 set-top boxes have been rolled out in the city alone. Add to that the other cities, and it will be a three-digit figure.
According to sources, lot many box manufacturers including HFCL and Bisquare Tech are waiting in the wings—to sell their wares once DTT becomes marketable. The estimated price of the set-top boxes, which will have to be borne by the consumer, will be in the range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000.
Right now, there are no answers on when the project will be marketable. Till then, DTT is being monitored by senior officials of Prasar Bharati, members of Parliament (MPs), select government functionaries and not to forget journos, besides the technical staff of Doordarshan.
The tech marvel that is so close to the heart of Prasar Bharati, which even got the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to do a feasibility study for the DTT project, involves an investment of at least Rs 25 crore for five cities. Since the DD towers are already in place, the investment is not too high, explains an official.
According sources, DTT delivery has the advantage of being completely local (more relevant to local news, advertising & entertainment of local/regional interest) compared to satellite services. Among the many advantages of DTT are excellent video/audio quality, delivery of multiple channels within the existing one, analog channel spectrum and ghost-free picture even through portable indoor reception.