Govt prepares draft to use Middleware for broadcasting TV channel content without Internet

Can you imagine watching your favorite TV channels programs on a mobile device without the need for mobile data and additional devices or plug-ins? Soon, it may be possible, at least until the next FIFA World Cup.

The Communication Engineering Center (TEC) prepared a draft saying that middleware can be used to deliver broadcast content to mobile devices through wireless LAN/WiFi.

Middleware can be used in different scenarios such as BharatNet in rural areas. WiFi access points over PMWANI can also deploy middleware so that broadcast channels are also available to users without using internet data, and can also be deployed for entertainment on board planes, railway stations, airports, shopping malls and in moving vehicles (state road buses/city buses/trains/cars). fare/cars), she said.

The Telecommunications Engineering Center (TEC) is the technical arm of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), and its activities include drafting standards for general requirements for a product/device, standards for interface requirements for a product/device, and supporting DoT on technical/technical issues.

“The local content server can host many offline services. The content is consumed by end users using browsers on smartphones and laptops by accessing the web portal via WLAN/WiFi. In addition, the end user can switch to services normal over-the-top (OTT) if the access point is connected to the Internet,” says the draft, “General Requirements Standard,” seen by business line.

On how it works, the draft explained that the dish antenna on the ground at the “portal” can receive downlink signals from the satellite and the terrestrial signals are similarly received via a smaller antenna.

“A device in the antenna amplifies these signals and converts them into a band suitable for consumption by the demodulators. The demodulator is only tuned to a certain frequency, and can only receive a certain number of channels. So, ideally, one would need a large number of such devices To meet all satellite and terrestrial channels.

This equipment also converts baseband signals that contain multiple radio channels directly into video (DTV) or radio channels and broadcasts.

“One of our areas of focus is to ensure that audio/video content is consumed by the end user without having to rely on any kind of specialized software or plug-ins. Having to install third-party plug-ins or players is not only an inconvenience but also a risk factor for the user TEC added in the draft.