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Technical Review | January-March 2012


News from the ABU Region


Australia


Olympics Trial in 3D The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has agreed to issue 3D/DTT licences to Nine Network Australia, to conduct trials of 3DTV featuring daily highlights of the 2012 Olympic Games.


unnoticed in an “unviable market” – exactly what happened in Phase II to many of the FM frequencies available in the Northeast and island territories. The latest Indian Readership Survey (which does not reflect those who tune into radio via mobile phones) suggests that radio listenership has been falling steadily, while television viewership has been rising. And for the most part, short and medium-wave still dominates the airwaves, since many areas in the country still do not have FM services. Even with this latest phase, many medium-sized town are still being ignored with most stations focusing on the largest centres.


(Radio World) India Sees Growth in TV


The Indian set-top box (STB) market has been increasing at a steady pace over the past few years. A strong surge of consumers moved to satellite platforms during 2011, representing 80% of the Indian market. Despite the large cable TV subscriber base in India, satellite TV growth will slow somewhat from the ten million consumers that added services last year.


Nine’s will use unassigned TV channels for 3DTV trials in Adelaide, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.


(Asia-Pacific Broadcasting)


The government’s cable TV digitalisation policy now specifies that cable TV digitalisaation will occur in four phases to December 2014. Therefore, cable STB deployments will surge from 2012 as larger operators begin their digital STB deployments. The cable digitalisation process will progress far slower than the government mandate specifies – otherwise, consumers will be forced to abandon cable in favour of satellite as cable operators struggle to procure the set-top boxes.


India India Reaches Phase Three of FM Development


India is set to soon welcome another 839 FM radio stations in 227 cities. Added to the private FM stations already running in 86 cities this means that a grand total of 313 cities will be covered by private FM radio.


The grandness of that number – 313 – may seem to diminish when one considers that India is the second-most populous country in the world; yet it also offers some prospect for radio at time when the medium here has appeared to be stagnating. With this third stage of radio expansion, new stations will be vying to reach populations of more than 1 million each in many overcrowded cities – a huge potential. The question is whether broadcasters can take advantage of the vast possibilities.


Dozens, if not hundreds of the FM stations risk going


High definition (HD) STB adoption in India currently accounts for only 11% of overall shipments. Nearly 70% of set-top boxes installed in Indian households are imported from foreign manufacturers, especially from China. Domestic STB production is likely to increase in the years to come with some overseas manufacturing set-top box factories in India, as well as Indian companies focused on building low-cost set-top boxes.


(www.abiresearch.com)


Japan


Hitachi to End TV Manufacturing in Japan Hitachi plans to end in-house production of television sets in Japan, a response to overcrowding in the market and strengthening of the yen. The last remaining Hitachi Joei


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