The Indian broadcasting industry is going through revolutionary changes. This year, BES Expo, held in New Delhi from February 2 to 4, 2017, gave an insight into vital issues related to digital technology and various media platforms. Visitors and exhibitors interacted on opportunities to uncover innovative broadcast solutions for business needs, while evaluating how technology is transforming and enhancing the broadcast industry, while widening business network.

The 300 exhibitors displaying their latest products included Sony, Hitachi, Panasonic, Nautel, RFS, and Worldcast. India's public service broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, had on display aspects of its latest state-of-the-art DTT technology, wherein a consumer can view more than 10 TV channels on a mobile phone and TV set without any cable, DTH, or Internet connection.

A three-day conference on the theme, Hybrid Technologies in Broadcasting –
New Opportunities scheduled concurrently with the exhibition, had speakers presenting papers on new technologies. Besides keynote addresses, the conference had presentations on future broadcast radio and TV broadcasting technologies. Topics discussed included OTT technology, digital terrestrial TV transmission, Digital India, and digital radio broadcasting. Business leaders gave an insight on the ongoing market trends, future growth expectations, and plans of vendors.

Conventional broadcasting is facing a lot of challenge from the Internet-enabled broadcast technologies like OTT, IBB, and hybrid TV. Issues were discussed by experts. Terrestrial television broadcasters are exploring horizons like DVB-T2 Lite, which may provide an efficient new platform for broadcasting to a mobile device. An exclusive session, with experts from DVB and other organizations, discussed the topics threadbare. An interesting session on radio broadcasting with eminent speakers and stakeholders was held on the Future of Radio. Radio broadcasting is at the crossroads, the dilemma being whether digital technology would be sustainable given the high receiver cost or should there be a continuity of conventional analog broadcasting, with a special thrust on FM broadcasting. Eminent speakers discussed its growth prospects over the next few years, backed by likely trends as digitization, regionalization, convergence, and innovation.

'Digital technology platform acted as an equalizer, ensuring level playing field and providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of age, region, and economic background. Digital technology apart from providing better services also ensures transparency that enables plugging of leakages at every level so that the intended benefits trickle down to every citizen. '

Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
Minister of State for I&B,
Government of India

This year, the BES conference left the broadcasters with a lot to ponder on and examine future course of action.

The Expo 2017 was visited by manufacturers, dealers, distributors, and suppliers of products, equipment, systems, and services related to terrestrial and satellite broadcasting for radio and TV as well as studio and post-production, analog and digital. The expo is approved by ITPO, endorsed by DRM, UK, and supported by Prasar Bharati, Ministry of Communications & IT, Government of India, ABU Malaysia, and SBE USA.

The event was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, in the presence of media luminaries like Dr Subhash Chandra, founder chief of Zee TV, RS Sharma, chairman, TRAI, Rajiv Singh, member (F), Prasar Bharati, Dr Amal Punchihewa, technical director, Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union, Malaysia, and delegates from many Indian and international broadcasting organizations and equipment manufactures.