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STERN WARNING - NO MORE DAS EXTENSIONS
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has categorically stated that it will not extend the DAS Phase-3 & Phase-4 deadlines
REVISED DAS DEADLINES
In December, the ministry had provided additional time to Phase III areas to switch over to digital cable TV by 31 January, due to court cases that had stalled compulsory digitisation. The court rejected all the cases.
The deadline for Phase IV was extended to 31 March 2017. The earlier deadline for switching off analogue signals in Phase IV was 31 December 2016.
The ministry has advised Phase III cable subscribers who have not yet taken STBs to obtain the same from their MSOs or LCOs immediately, failing which they would not be able to watch TV through cable TV networks after 31 January.
To ensure compliance with the deadline, the chief secretaries of all states/UTs have been requested to ensure that the authorised officer get acquainted with their powers and specified rules to enforce them against defaulters if they continue to carry analogue signals in Phase III urban areas after 31 January.
ANALOG SWITCH OFF
The ministry had issued instructions to all the broadcasters, MSOs and LCOs to ensure that no analogue signals are transmitted over the cable networks in Phase III urban areas after the deadline.
Under Section 11 of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, the authorised officers can seize the equipment of the MSOs/LCOs if they continue to carry analogue signals in Phase III urban areas after the deadline.
DAS Phase III covers 33.18 million TV households across 630 districts and 7,709 urban areas.
Phase IV, is even wider, covering 61.08 million semi-rural and rural homes, where set up of digital Headends is not economically viable. Most of these cable operators will lose their lively hood, and homes will be forced to shift to DTH platforms. n