Digitisation deadline pushed back to December 2015

The Modi Government has decided to take this step after taking stock of the various issues involved that are yet to be resolved. These include getting in place the equipment as well as securing the necessary permissions and licences by the cable operators

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Aug 26, 2014 8:13 AM
Digitisation deadline pushed back to December 2015

The deadline for cable TV digitisation has been extended by a year till December 2015, as per media reports.

The Modi Government has decided to take this step after taking stock of the various issues involved that are yet to be resolved. These include getting in place the equipment as well as securing the necessary permissions and licences by the cable operators.

As is known, the previous UPA government had marked December 31, 2014 as the sunset date for analog system in the country.

Phase I and II of digitisation have been completed after a lot of delays, however, no acceptable solution had been found to the issue of revenue share between LCOs and MSOs. Moreover, billings and packaging remain areas of dispute too.

Meanwhile, extension of the deadline has given some much needed respite to the Cable TV industry, which has been voicing concern about fund shortage to meet the demand for seeding set top boxes (STBs). As per media reports, an approximate 75 million STBs are required for the remaining two phases of digitisation.

Moreover, the extended deadline is expected to give a fillip to locally-manufactured STBs. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar, too, has been pushing for indigenisation of set top box manufacturing at different forums.
 

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