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India to have 3mn HD-ready households by year-end: TRAI
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NEW DELHI: India is expected to have three million household using high definition television service by the end of this year, largely driven by major sporting events like Commonwealth Games and soccer World Cup to be held during the year, TRAI Secretary RK Arnold said on Monday.

"India currently has about 3,00,000 HD-ready households and by year-end this will go up to 3 million," Arnold said at the India Satellite Industry Forum 2010.

High definition is a digital television broadcasting system with higher resolution, enhanced picture and sound quality compared to the regular television service that operate on standard formats.

Sporting events like, Commonwealth Games and Football World Cup, which will be telecast on HD service, will fuel this growth, he added.

The Commonwealth Games is scheduled to be held in October in the National Capital while the Football World Cup would come up in June in South Africa.

Currently, Discovery HD is the only channel available on HD service in the country, but Doordarshan plans to launch a channel on the same platform for the Commonwealth Games.

Cost could be an impediment for uptake of HD, Arnold said, adding Sun Direct is the only DTH operator offering HD service. Tata Sky and Dish TV also plan to launch HD service this year.

He said there were 19 million digital homes (DTH and digital cable) which was just about 10 per cent penetration. By 2018, digital penetration should be about 42 per cent.

Source: The Economic Times

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There will be a Boom on releasing of HD which will help bring in the expected target especially taking into consideration the upcoming Commonwealth Games and other events.
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