This month, the curtain falls on Analog Cable TV, in India. The entire country is to shift to digital CATV from April. Can this genuinely be achieved? It has taken more than 3 years, to install 70 million Cable TV STBs, to date. Compulsory digitisation in DAS..........
20TH DAS TASK FORCE MEETING
♦ Only 32% STBs Seeded In DAS-4 Areas. "Is not very encouraging" Yogendra Pal - Adviser (DAS, MIB)
♦ Nearly 100% Digitisation In DAS-3. areas for which the extended deadline was 31 January 2017.
♦ However, I&B additional secretary Jayashree Mukherjee: Visited a big MSO in Hyderabad who had stated that he had seeded 1.7 million STBs, whereas the Ministry's website shows only 100,000 STBs seeded! Nodal Officers & State Governments asked to verify.
♦ Only 3 Phase III cases pending & there is no stay.
♦ Broadcasters Asked to ensure no analog signals are carried in DAS-3 areas from February 2017.
♦ CEAMA: Demonetization & zero import duty from ASEAN countries has impacted sale of indigenous STBs.
♦ InCableNet, Hathway & Siti: Infrastructure sharing should be allowed to improve DAS-4 implementation. Also, MSOs should be permitted to take 80 channels from the DD FreeDish.
♦ Yogendra Pal clarified that as per Madras High Court directive, Arasu's analog signal will continue till the I&B ministry decides on its MSO application.