Thursday, 10 September 2015

Telangana sets December 31 deadline for cable TV to go digital

Cable TV industry in the south saw the latest technologies at display at the Cable Net Expovision 2015, held at the Hitex ground, Hyderabad, 12-14 August.
The enthusiasm seen amongst the visitors as well as the participants, could easily assure that Andhra Pradesh is all set for completing the Digital Migration within the set deadlines. The state is already much ahead of other states in the country as far as IT and communications are concerned. It is fast taking the title of IT Hub of the Nation
 Going ahead with the agenda of digitizing all cable TV networks in the country, the Telangana State government has set December 31, 2015 as the deadline for digitisation of cable TV services and has asked all MSOs and cable TV operators to expedite the process and ensure set-top boxes in all households with cable TV connections within the deadline.
The government has made it clear that it will not give more time to implement digitisation of cable TV services after December 31. The original deadline ended on September 30 last year, but it was extended till December 31 this year after many households failed to get the STBs installed.
The existing analog transmission of channels will be shut down from January 1, 2016. This was announced by Minister for commercial taxes and cinematography, Talasani Srinivas Yadav on 12 August 2015 while inaugurating Cable Net Expo 2015 at the Hitex in Hyderabad. He affirmed that the government would implement digitisation totally from January 1, 2016 as directed by the Centre and installation of STBs was mandatory to avail cable TV services.
“The deadline has already been extended several times earlier. Enough time has been given to all including MSOs, cable TV operators and consumers for setting up STBs and follow digitisation norms. The digitisation will ensure quality cable TV services for both operators and consumers besides giving a choice to consumers to select the channels of their choice and pay for only the channels they watch.
Broadcasters, MSOs, cable TV operators, manufacturers of STBs and consumers attended the exhibition aimed at creating awareness among all the stakeholders in the state.
One of the highlight of the show was presence of ByDesign, India’s own CAS, created as a joint venture with the Government of India. The CAS is being offered to MSOs at 0.5 dollar a set-top-boxes, the cheapest that is available. It has been subsidised heavily by the Government.
Cable Quest was the official media partner for the show.

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