“Direct-to-home” (DTH)- A report

A Seminaar on “Direct-to-home” (DTH) broadcasting was organized by the chennai chapter of BES(I) on 9th July 2004 at GRT Convention Center, Chennai

A Seminar on the subject "Direct to Home Broadcast" was organized by Chennai Chapter of BES(I) on 9th July, 2004 at GRT Convention Center in Chennai.
The inaugural session began with the welcome address by, Shri P Mohandoss Chairman BES(I), Chennai Chapter.
The Seminar was inaugurated with the lighting of traditional Kuthuvillakku hv Shri y Gopala Rao, Chairman and Managing Director, BEL and by other Chief Guests. Shri Y Gopala Rao in his inaugural speech mentioned about the Strong ties between BEL and Doordarshan in the introduction of new technologies including the DTH. He also projected the growth upto live million DTH Sets in the coming five years.

On this occasion, a Special Address was delivered by Shri N S Ganesan, the then President, Broadcast Engineering Society (lndia). He informed the gathering that of the various modes dissemination of TV Signals, DTH is the latest based on new technology. Because of its superior quality DTH is well established in Western and European countries followed by Digital TV and Cable TV.
The Key note Speech was delivered by Shri R K Gupta former Engmecr-in-Chcif Doordarshan. He pointed out the phenomenal growth of the Television as a media and the extent to which it has impact in the day-to-day life of a common man. He elaborated various plans of Doordarshan and its implementation of Ku Band project.

He also informed that Doordarshan services will be free-of cost and the viewer has to invest only a very reasonable amount for purchase of a Set of equipment lo receive the Doordarshan DTH signal. The remotest part of the country where Terrestrial services could not reach will be covered by the DTH Service.

Shri R K Gupta, also released the Souvenir prepared by BES(I) Chennai Chapter to commemorate the occasion.

Shri K Subramanian, Secretary BES(l), Chennai Chapter proposed "Vote of Thanks"

The "DTH Technology" Session was chaired bv* Shri K B Brahmadathan, Chief Manager, Chennai Telephones, BSNL and the following papers/Presentations were presented

i) Shri S K Verma Manager, D & E Telecom & Broadcast Systems, BEL, Bangalore "Challenges in Set Top Box Design"

ii) Shri Suresh Naik, Scientist / Engineer ISRO, HQ "Transmit and Receive Segment of DTH"

iii) Shri V Raman, Director, Nucleus Satellite Communication (Madras) Pvt. Ltd., "Making a DTH antenna"

iv) Shri G C Jain, Managing Director, MCBS "Design and Manufacturing of KU Band Terminals for DTH Projects"

v) Shri Ganesh, Tektronix "Multilayer Confidence monitoring in Digital TV Broadcasting"

The "DTH Services" session was chaired by Shri R Krishnan, Chief Engineer (West Zone) AIR &c TV,Mumbai and the following presentations were made.

i) Shri Amitabh Kumar, Director (Corporate) Zee Telefilms Pvt. Ltd., "Dish TV - Operating India's first DTH Platform".

ii) Shri S J D Devasahayam, Director (Engg), South Zone, AIR & TV, Chennai "Free to AIR DTH" authored by Shri A S Guin, Chief Engineer Directorate General, Doordarshan, New Delhi.

iii) Shri P S Sundaram, Managing Director, Technomedia Solutions Pvt. Ltd., "DTH Broadcast in India-Critical aspects of business viability".

iv) Shri Chellam Bose, OSD to C.E.O., Prasar Bharati, New Delhi "Future of DTH".

The post tea session was on "DTH Implications" which was chaired by Shri H D Ramlal, Chief Engineer (Rtd.) AIR & TV. In this session the advantages and disadvantages of DTH Service, were discussed by the following speakers

i) Shri P Sakilan, State President, Tamizhaga, Cable TV Operators General Welfare Association (TCOA).

ii) Ms. Shoba Iyer, Co-ordinator for Civic Action Group.

iii) Shri Kayal R S Elavarasu, State General Secretary, Tamizhaga Cable TV Urimaiyalargal Sangam.

iv) Shri Mohammed Nizammudin, Secretary, Federation of Consumer Organisation Cuddalore

Apart from the above, the DTH products of different firms were on display through out the day in the basement of the Seminar Hall. Shri S Nellai Nayagam, Treasurer, BES, Chennai Chapter proposed vote of thanks and thanked all the speakers, delegates from different parts of the country and firms for their overwhelming support to conduct the seminar in a grand way.

Report : July-September 2004