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My question is.... If the Government has said that all Analog signals should be shut down effective 31st December 2016, then why is Doordarshan still broadcasting on Analog?

Anil Patil By E-mail.

Actually, the Government order for compulsory digitisation is applicable only to cable TV networks. It is not even applicable to DTH platforms. The relevant para of the original order is:

"Section 4A: Where the Central Government is satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest so to do, it may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make it obligatory for every cable operator to transmit or retransmit programmes of any channel in an encrypted form through a digital addressable system with effect from such date as may be specified in the notification and different dates may be specified for different States, cities, towns or areas, as the case may be."

DTH networks of course have gone digital because they can carry 10 to 20 times as many digital channels per transponder compared to Analog channels.

It is interesting that the Government has set no compulsory deadline for Doordarshan to shut down its Analog TV transmissions and shift to Digital Terrestrial Transmissions (DTT).

While Doordarshan has sometimes indicated plans to "Go Fully Digital By 2023" some interpret this as only digital transmissions in the studio while terrestrial transmissions from Doordarshan's towers will probably remain Analog into the foreseeable future. Doordarshan has commenced DTT in some cities as an optional extra service. However, consumers will have to install a DTT set top box for each television. Such DTT STBs are not even available in the market.

You have brought out an excellent point - while the Government has forced cable networks and consumers to spend heavily and shift to digital cable TV, it has not set upon itself any similar target! -Ed.