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MIB advisory to MSOs for mandatory carriage of DD channels

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MIB advisory to MSOs for mandatory carriage of DD channels

Multi-system operators (MSOs) and cable operators are required to mandatorily carry 24 channels of Doordarshan in DAS areas and eight channels in non-DAS areas, as per a Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) notification dated September 5, 2013.

Prasar Bharati has informed that some MSOs and cable operators are not carrying mandatory channels and the quality of retransmission of TV channels of Doordarshan by some MSOs is inferior as they take Doordarshan signals from the Ku-Band DTH service of Doordarshan.

The September 5 MIB notification specifies, “Every cable operator shall take only C-band signals of Doordarshan channels for retransmission on their cable service by dish antenna/ Television Receive only of not less than 12 feet diameter, and Yagi antenna, to ensure good quality reception.”

In this connection, MIB has issued an advisory dated August 7, 2014 directing MSOs to ensure that all mandatory channels of Doordarshan are not only carried on their network, but also that Doordarshan signals for retransmission are received on C-band dishes only as per the Government notification.

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