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New Delhi, April 21

Dish TV said Wednesday that it was seeing traction with its mobile dish platform that enables train passengers to watch live television on board.

The DTH player has bagged orders from the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) to install the mobile dish platform on two luxury trains – Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. Tourists travelling on these trains can access some 110 television channels, including news and sports, among others. The mobile dish platform has been operational on a pilot basis on the Palace on Wheels for the past one year.

“The mobile dish platform will redefine the concept of in-train entertainment. We are in talks with the Railways to install the mobile dish TV system on individual seats of Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express,” said Mr Salil Kapoor, Chief Operating Officer of Dish TV.

The mobile dish system consists of an array of electronic antenna mounted on the train bogey that tracks the satellite all the times. “The train could be moving in any direction and at any speed, it receives seamless digital signal,” Mr Kapoor said. The technology developed for Indian conditions was approved by the Lucknow-based Research Design and Standards Organisation.

IPL matches

Mr Pramod Sharma, General Manager of RTDC, said “Our guests are pleasantly surprised to see Live TV facility available on these trains. They are enjoying IPL and EPL matches on the move. Being connected with the world with live news by both national and international channels is a great facility when one is travelling through a remote desert.”

Mr Kapoor also said that RTDC was keen to introduce the system on some of its Volvo buses. Dish TV officials claimed that the company player to developed the mobile dish technology, which has already been deployed on 14 Kingfisher flights and several yachts and naval ships, among others.

The mobile dish platform accounts for a small percentage of Dish TV earnings, but has the potential to grow, Mr Kapoor said.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated April 22, 2010)
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