The government is mulling over making conditional access systems mandatory for viewing pay channels. If the move comes through, satellite TV broadcasters would either have to turn their pay channels free-to-air or invest in putting in place conditional access systems.
In a meeting with Information & broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday, cable TV operators from different parts of the country unanimously put the ball in the broadcaster’s court for roll-out of addressable systems in cable distribution networks.
Most cable operators were in favour of market forces deciding the price of premium pay services.
According to the senior ministry officials a decision on the issue would be taken only after consultation with broadcasters. The minister was slated to meet representatives of broadcasting community today. Industry analysts feel that the move to make CAS mandatory is not likely to come through.