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IPTV India Forum: ‘IPTV is going to give customers what they have been waiting for a long time’

21-December-2006
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IPTV India Forum: ‘IPTV is going to give customers what they have been waiting for a long time’

Time Broadband Services Pvt Ltd rolled out its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services ‘My Time’ in the Capital on Wednesday. While the morning was devoted to the launch of the service, the afternoon session witnessed a round table conference organised by the IPTV India Forum.

A K Saxena, Member Services, Telecom Commission, presided over the occasion as chief guest. Lauding the technology, Saxena said, “IPTV is going to give customers what they have been waiting for a long time.”

The discussion was moderated by Bobby Bedi, Chairman (North Zone) Film and Television Producers Guild of India. Saxena; Sujata Dev, CMD, Time Broadband Services; and Anil Prakash, National Convener, IPTV India Forum were the other people who took part in the discussions.

The discussion revolved around certain issues facing the industry. Dhiraj Kumar, CMD, Creative Eye Ltd, voiced his concern on the Copyright Act issue, to which Bedi replied, “This is an old issue which has been dealt with extensively. From the content industry side a lot of effort has gone into trying to identify the different rights.”

One of the members from the audience, who identified himself as a consultant, suggested that video streaming could be one of the solutions.

Kumar seemed quite concerned about the rights that he would be getting as a producer. Dev said, “IPTV is always going to be a value added service for a telecom operator. Therefore, most of the rights must be defined in terms of its distribution, in terms of the medium on which it is going to be received.”

Delving more on the copyright issue, Prakash said, “It is purely a security issue or content protection issue. Content protection should be of the highest level. The infrastructure has to be very robust in terms of technology, in terms of content protection. It is very important for the IPTV platform.”

On being asked whether on demand content was data transfer or broadcast, Dev said, “It is called ‘unicast’. When you talk about broadcast it is called multicast.”

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