The government has asked all the stakeholders, including broadcasters, multi-system operators and cable operators to from a joint taskforce to go into various issues related conditional access system (CAS). The government will considered the report submitted by the task force while taking the decision on the issue.
The Information & Broadcasting minister, Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with the cable operators yesterday where the had agreed to work with broadcasters to thrash out the issue.
The cable operators were insisting that all pay channels should come through CAS or revert to being free-to-air.
CAS essentially means a set-top box, which gives the viewer the flexibility to choose which channels he wants to subscribe to and pay only for those.