Cable operators want the flexibility to include local channels: Tony D’Silva

Interview with MD, Grant Investrade

Vanita Kohli-Khandekar  August 6, 2015

or the Hinduja Group’s head-end-in-the-sky (HITS) service will be launched sometime mid-August. It is the second serious attempt at bringing in a technology that is a cross between direct-to-home (DTH) and cable. (The first attempt was from Zee) Think of HITS as a large distributor of TV signals in the sky which could service or other signal distributors called MSOs. Vanita Kohli-Khandekar spoke to Tony D’Silva, managing director, Grant Investrade, a Hinduja Media subsidiary that will be launching NXT Digital. Edited excerpts:

Your project has been delayed for more than two years. What is the status now?

We have got the final licence. There is just one more clearance needed after we fire the signals. We should be launching by mid-August. Our Earth station has been set up in Noida and we have tied up everything – transponders on Thaicom 7, a conditional access system from Nagravision, subscriber management system from Hansen Technologies in Australia. We have recruited…..


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