Set Top Box

  • Google to unveil new television settop box on Wednesday: Report June 25, 2014

    Bangalore: Google Inc is expected to unveil at least one small settop box that resembles products like the Roku, Amazon's Fire TV, and Apple Inc's Apple TV, the Wall Street Journal reported citing sources who have seen the device. Google will show off the settop box on Wednesday during its developer...
  • Will explore possibility of having locallymade settop boxes: Javadekar May 31, 2014

    Panaji: Information and Broadcasting ministry will consult the Finance and Commerce ministries on exploring the possibility of having locally manufactured set top boxes for continuing the digitization process rather than depending on imports, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday. The minister said the decision on the issue was pertinent considering...
  • No more ads which threaten of TV going blank in absence of STB January 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Government has decided to junk advertisements which told consumers that their TV screens would go blank if they do not buy Set Top Boxes before the deadline for Digitisation and would instead try to convince the viewers of benefits of converting to the new system. I&B minister Manish Tewari...
  • Roku TV introduced, doesn't require a settop box to stream video January 7, 2014

    Las Vegas: Roku Inc. is launching a line of TVs that play video from services like Netflix without requiring a settop box. While similar to smart TVs on the market already, the company's Internet streaming platform offers some 1,200 apps and more comprehensive niche content choices. The Saratoga, Californiabased streaming settop...
  • Google to launch Nexus settop box with focus on gaming in 2014: Report December 8, 2013

    Mumbai: While we haven't yet seen a Google TV running a strippeddown version of Android, a new report says a Nexusbranded settopbox is incoming. Information magazine has the story of Google's plans to launch a settop box in the first half of 2014. The TVconnected hardware will have a heavy focus...
  • Tata Sky reduces price of HD settop box to Rs 2,000 October 29, 2013

    New Delhi: DTH service provider Tata Sky today announced reduction in price of its high definition (HD) set top box to Rs 2,000 from Rs 3,100 earlier. Now, Tata Sky HD set top boxes will be available at the price of a standard definition (SD) set top box, the company...
  • TRAI deadline for digtised TV ends today June 25, 2013

    New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) deadline for switching to digitised TV ends on Tuesday. All those with cable connections may face a blackout after Tuesday. Cable operators were supposed to file customer details and their choice of television channels with the TRAI board by Tuesday. However,...
  • Amazon to sell settop box to challenge Apple TV: Report April 25, 2013

    San Francisco: Amazon.com Inc will release a settop TV box later this year that will stream video over the Internet, challenging Apple Inc's Apple TV device and a similar gadget sold by startup Roku, BloombergBusinessweek reported on Wednesday. The box will plug into TVs and give viewers access to Amazon's digital...
  • No extension of digitisation deadline: Manish Tewari April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The government will not extend the deadline for the second phase of digitisation of TV settop boxes, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said on Wednesday. "We are not going to relax the deadline. We want digitisation to go through," Tewari told reporters. He added that transition from analogue to...
  • TV Digitisation: Consumers can utilise transition period April 3, 2013

    New Delhi: About onefourth of 1.6 crore households missed the deadline of television digitisation on Monday in 38 cities. But they may get a short transition period for switchover to Set Top Boxes depending on local conditions. However, the government insisted that the deadline for digitisation will not be extended...
  • Karnataka: No Cable TV digitisation till April 5 April 2, 2013

    Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the Central government to ensure that analog channels are not switched off in the state till April 5, 2013. Justice Abdul Nazeer granted time to the Union government to file its objections to a petition seeking extension of the March 31, 2013...
  • Cable TV digitisation deadline for 38 cities ends today April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The deadline set by the government for Cable TV digitisation in 38 cities across 14 states ends on Monday. Television sets without set top boxes would go blank. These cities are part of the second phase of digitisation as government claimed 67 per cent digitisation had been achieved...
  • Cable TV digitisation deadline for 38 cities to end on Monday March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The deadline set by government for Cable TV digitisation in 38 cities across fourteen states will end on Monday and television sets without set top boxes would go blank. These cities have been included in the second phase of digitisation as government claimed 67 per cent digitisation had...
  • TV digitisation: Akhilesh seeks deadline extension March 31, 2013

    Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has requested the Centre to extend the digitisation deadline for his state by six months. In a letter to Minister of State (Independent Charge) for I&B Manish Tewari, Akhilesh said seven UP cities have been chosen in the second phase of digitisation. These...
  • Imported set top boxes to cost more, DTH operators unhappy February 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Watching cable and satellite TV may turn expensive with the government proposing to double import duty on set top boxes (STBs) to 10 per cent but domestic manufacturers have welcomed the move. Reacting to Finance Minister P Chidambaram's announcement to hike import duty on STBs from the existing...
  • Intel plans to launch Internet TV service this year February 13, 2013

    California: Top chipmaker Intel Corp plans to launch an Internet television service this year with live and ondemand content, entering a hotly competitive race as its core PC business erodes. Shifting into an unfamiliar and potentially costly market in which Intel lacks experience and relationships, Erik Huggers, vice president and general...
  • Will digitisation improve media company economics? January 31, 2013

    The digitisation change in the Indian TV landscape brings to fore Darwin's theory of natural evolution by natural selection. Natural selection is a gradual, nonrandom process by which biological traits become either more or less common in a population as a function of differential reproduction of their bearers. In the...
  • Scores of TVs go blank as digitisation deadline ends November 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Television sets without set top boxes (STBs) in hundreds of households across Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata went blank as the deadline for switch over to cable TV digitisation ended on October 31 midnight. People watching various programmes faced a TV blackout when the clock struck 12. However, in...
  • Deadline to switch to set top box from cable ends today October 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The deadline for cable operators to switch to digital TV ends on Wednesday in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. What it essentially means is that if you don't have a set top box, then you can't watch TV starting Wednesday. This is the first of the threestage process where...
  • Dish TV launches new set-top box Dish+ August 8, 2012

    New Delhi: DTH operator Dish TV launched its new set-top box 'Dish+', which allows users to record programmes for watching later, and said it aims to increase its market share in 42 major cities to 30 per cent by this fiscal-end. Priced at Rs 1,690, the set-top box will be...
  • Mumbai completes 50 pc of cable TV digitisation target August 3, 2012

    Mumbai: A government review has revealed that in Mumbai, 50 per cent of cable TV homes have already been installed with set top boxes. In Mumbai, there is an estimated requirement of 34.85 lakh set top boxes and so far 17.07 lakh set top boxes have been installed. The Cable...
  • Will struggling TV sector survive digitisation? May 1, 2012

    Mumbai: From July 1, it will become mandatory for all TV viewers across the four metros to get digital set top boxes. But even as the process of mandatory conversion of analog cable signals to digital continues across the metros, industry experts have flagged off the need for introducing and...
  • Life saving drugs, LCDs cheaper; Set-top-box costlier July 6, 2009

    New Delhi: Select life saving drugs, LCD TVs, mobile phones, branded jewellery, sports and leather products, packaged software and footwear are among items that would cost less, while gold bars and coins, silver, set-top boxes and cosmetic surgery would turn costlier after the Budget. Presenting the Union Budget for 2009-10, Finance...
  • Customs duty on LCD TVs slashed to 5 pc July 6, 2009

    New Delhi: The government has reduced the customs duty on liquid crystal display (LCD) television sets from 10 per cent to 5 per cent, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Monday. Presenting the Union Budget for 2009-10, the minister also said a nominal 5 per cent customs duty has been imposed...
  • Costlier set top boxes, cheaper shoes June 18, 2007

    New Delhi: Pet food, biscuit, mouth freshener, footwear, water purifiers and filters and low-value cement would become cheaper and cigarettes, bidis, and set top boxes costlier as a result of the new Union Budget. Cell phones would continue to remain cheap, as the Budget has extended the customs duty exemption period...
  • CAS roll out creates inconvenience March 31, 2008

    New Delhi: As the Conditional Access System (CAS) was rolled out on the eve of the New Year on Sunday, South Delhi people, who do not have a set-top box (STB), could only receive Free-to-Air Channels. Popular pay channels like Star, Sony and Zee were blacked out from television screens in...
  • DTH or set-top? Clear confusion December 28, 2006

    New Delhi: After three days, pay channels will die out of over two million homes in CAS designated areas, if a set-top box or a direct to home (DTH) antenna has not been installed. As the December 31 deadline approaches, competition is heating between providers; and consumers are being lured...