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About Digitization & DTH

The government of India has passed an ordinance which makes it mandatory for digitization of the cable services. This amendment makes Digital Addressable System (DAS) compulsory. Even with two phases of digitization over, the impact of digitization is not yet fully registered in the country. Indian consumers are yet to fully grasp the concept of digitization and how will they be empowered by digitization.

Here is an attempt to answer some of the frequently asked questions

What is digitization?

Digitization is the process of converting analogue information into a digital format which is of superior technology. The section 9 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Ordinance, 1995, along with the I&B ministry have made it compulsory for digitization of cable services. The objective of doing this is to entitle customers with larger benefits such as increase in the number of channels and enhanced viewing. In order to utilize digital services, consumers will require a satellite reflector to get signals and a set top box to decrypt those signals.

What is DTH?

DTH is an acronym for direct-to-home. It is the process by which broadcasting on a satellite television happens. Direct-to-home technology is also known as Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) Technology. Through this technology television services are provided anywhere in the country by usage of digital satellite service. People who stay in the interiors and remote places will be benefitted immensely by this as wireless technology enables channels, programmes and services to be sent directly to the consumer’s television devoid of cable infrastructure. DTH is considered a technological advancement in the history of channel broadcasting.

What is DVR?

DVR is an abbreviation for Digital Video Recorder. The Digital Video Recorder is an application software which enables one to record videos in a digital format such as USB flash drive, disk drive, memory card or a mass storage device. Set top boxes come with a provision known as direct to disk recording facility that provides recording onto secure digital memory cards. This can later be played back from the hard disk drive. It is an innovative feature that is provided by DTH service operators, which helps people record their favorite shows and programmes in case they have missed it or simply to watch it again.

Which is the best DTH?

This question can spark various answers as everyone can have a biased approach. Going by the choice of the majority, the most favored DTH is Videocon d2h. Videocon d2h is India’s fastest growing DTH service and is also Asia’s most promising DTH brand. It has won many awards and accolades. It gives various exciting features like the first brand to introduce a 3D channel, a radio frequency remote, 12 PIP Mosaic and many more.

Safety for Workplaces

Workplaces could be characterized as one with lots of employees separated by cubicles, whose tables are full of papers and appliances, including computers and other electric and electronic equipments. In such a crowded and busy area, there is a possibility for accidents caused by faulty electric devices without anyone noticing, until a raging fire would demand proper attention. To avoid that, there are three things that must be followed to the letter.

First is to make sure that the electric equipments in the office are not by any chance, defective. Before buying anything, check if the equipment you bought isn’t malfunctioning, and do not buy anything that is substandard. It would be better if you give the task of shopping for the items needed in the workplace to someone who knows how to find good materials and devices, and not just to someone who knows how to find the cheapest deals.

Second is proper and appropriate usage of things. Instructions are provided on how to use an equipment, and that is to guide you through and through.  Although “there are a thousand ways to kill a cat” as there are lots of things you can do to a certain appliance, it’s not always safe to try heating the burger on the coffeemaker.

Last is to conduct regular check and maintenance. Appliances have to be tested with PAT test equipments so as to ascertain that it could still work perfectly. Regular maintenance certainly demands time, effort, and money. PAT test equipments are expensive, but you can acquire them at rental companies for a much lower price than when you buy it brand new or secondhand. And remember, do the test with the appropriate testing equipments.

Starting Planning to Shop for Refurbished Computers

wraThere are some who would tell you that it would be easier to buy brand new computers rather than spending a lot of time looking for a good refurbished unit. The truth is that shopping for reconditioned computers is not really that difficult. The easiest way to search for great deals on refurbished computer unit is to go online and find the most reliable companies and providers of reconditioned computers. It’s essentially just one click away.

You can go direct to the manufacturer’s sites and see if they provide refurbished units. The best way to find and shop for refurbished and used computers are online marketplaces, or online auctions. Some of the most popular sites include Ebay, Amazon.com and Shopzilla. You can also visit other sites that are not so internationally popular such as Nextag.com, Evisu, iShopUSA, etc. Most of these sites would provide you the links to the manufacturer’s site, which makes your shopping all the more easier.

When shopping for computers, you might want to keep an eye on good deals as you search for the computer you want to buy. There are some refurbished computer providers who would offer you the same warranties offered for brand new units.

You can also find local providers of refurbished computer units on Craiglist and similar sites. It works best if you prefer dealing with the seller personally instead of paying for the items you wanted online, you can find the contact details of the seller of the items you wanted to buy and ask for a meet up.

If you wanted to do your shopping online one thing you can do to ease your worries and to find out if you are buying from a reliable source is to check the feedback page of the site. Read the comments from previous and recent customers of the manufacturer or the seller.

Prepare a list of the computers you are eyeing on, and see which one can give you the best bargain. Compare prices and check the specs of the computers. You might want to check if basic programs are already installed in the computer you are planning to purchase, and if the operating system is not outdated. (Extra tip for computer noobs: Stay away from those which have Windows 98 as their operating system.)

Shopping for refurbished computers may be a bit time consuming, but it’s worth the effort. The internet is your best buddy when it comes to shopping, because you can find almost anything at any online market.