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Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today called upon Indian manufacturers to produce set top boxes to meet the growing demand created by the cable TV digitisation drive, and sought their suggestions to take the indigenisation process forward.
Javadekar sought suggestions directly through e-mail or his twitter account.
“I invite Indian manufacturers to produce and provide set top boxes for indigenisation of digitisation,” Javadekar posted on Twitter.
“Manufacturers may contact me on my twitter with hashtag #indigenisationOfDigitisation or email me at pjavadekar@gmail.com,” he said in another tweet.

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Broadcast media throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union stand to suffer when the transition to digital broadcasting takes place in 2015. Although digital broadcasting promises new channels, the way several governments are implementing the switch may result in fewer broadcasters able to reach audiences, and therefore create a more restricted news environment. These findings were published in IREX’s 2014 Media Sustainability Index (MSI) for Europe & Eurasia. See www.irex.org/msi for the full text of the report.

This review examines the most recent developments in the regulation of licensing and of the line-up of digital television, as well as related policies in post-Soviet countries.The article has two parts. Part One covers recent developments in Russia’s switchover policies, while Part Two contains an assessment of some worrying trends emerging across both Russia and the other Commonwealth of Independent States countries. It points to a possible new broadcasting landscape designed by the authorities in the process of switchover.

This review examines the most recent developments in the regulation of licensing and of the line-up of digital television, as well as related policies in post-Soviet countries.The article has two parts. Part One covers recent developments in Russia’s switchover policies, while Part Two contains an assessment of some worrying trends emerging across both Russia and the other Commonwealth of Independent States countries. It points to a possible new broadcasting landscape designed by the authorities in the process of switchover.

The China Africa Development Fund and China Development Bank have promised to invest heavily into the digitalization of TV in African countries. Since 2007, $100 million has been provided to the project by the China Africa Development Fund and another $50 million is coming, according to Chi Jianxin, president of the fund, speaking at the African Digital TV Development Ministerial Seminar on Sunday. The China Development Bank has offered $400 million in loans for the project and another $400-million loan is expected to go to it in the near future.
The project was begun by the private media group StarTimes, which has its headquarters in Beijing. […]
“People love the Chinese soap operas that are being broadcast by StarTimes in our country,” added Said Ali Mbarouk, Zanzabar minister of information, culture, tourism and sports. “We expect our broadcasting time will be longer than three hours a day now.