History of ISTV:
Cable television originated in 1940s as a service to households in mountainous or geographically remote areas in the states where reception of over-the air television signals was poor. Common antennas were erected on mountaintops or other high points, and homes were wired and connected to these towers to receive the broadcast signals. Such a system having common antenna was name as community antenna television commonly known as CATV. In the late 1950s when cable operators in the states began to take advantage of their ability to pickup broadcast signals from hundred of miles away, access to these distant signals changed the focus of cable's role from one of transmitting local broadcast signals to one of providing new programming choices. In 1972, Charles Dolan and Gerald Levin of sterling Manhattan Cable of US launched First Pay-TV Network, Home Box Office (HBO). This venture led to the creation of Satellite distribution system. Satellites changed the business dramatically, paving the way for the explosive growth of programme networks. The 1990s and beyond based on the alternative idea of targeting programming to a specific "Niche Audience" the number of cable programme networks exploded. In the
At less than 60 years old, cable TV is still a very young industry. Nearly 70 million households in
Contradictory to the trend of management of Manipur SPSEs (State Public Sector Entreprises), ISTV Network as a private sector enterprise, grows towards the pace of development.
And success of it goes to the functioning system of the network itself.
Being the Apex body of the cable operators in Manipur, ISTV Network functions under the Democratic system of governance.
The single voting right of each operator elect a 15 (fifteen) core members as “The Executive Committee”, at the General Body Meeting, which look after the management affairs of the network during their elected tenure.
With the involvement of various and series of gadgets and equipments in the type of services that the Network provide, the vital requirement of an expert and specialized personnel comes to the scene and such technicality leads to the appointment of 2 (two) Technicians.
And further, in the same General Body Meeting 2 (two) internal Auditors are also being appointed to facilitate authentic transparency of financial transaction of the network.
And amongst these, Executive committee 3 (three) members are further elected as the Chief Executive of the network as the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer