Indian Broadcasting Foundation cheers Delhi High Court's order on DAS-3 implementation
Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Indian Broadcasting Foundation, on Tuesday welcomed Delhi Court's green signal to complete implementation of digital addressable system( DAS) in the country.
The Court had, on November 3, passed an order dismissing the nine petitions seeking time extension for implementing digital addressable system (DAS) in some ares of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Uttar Pradesh under Phase-III
The Delhi High Court, while dismissing 9 petitions dealing with the time extension for implementing digital addressable system , also directed the petitioners to switchover to digital addressable systems within three weeks i.e. by 24 November 2016 and inform the subscribers by running a scroll on their networks about the digital switchover deadline.
The deadline for implementing digital addressable system (DAS) under Phase-III expired on 31 December 2015
The High courts in various parts of the country had earlier granted stay in certain matters on DAS Phase III deadline. The stay orders had stalled the implementation of DAS Phase III in those areas. This prompted the MIB to move the Honourable Supreme Court to get all the cases transferred to the Apex Court.
The Honourable SC made Delhi High Court as the designated court for all cases related to DAS Phase III.
The above-mentioned order of the Delhi High Court has removed the impediments in implementation of DAS in Phase – III areas.
The IBF has advised all its Member Broadcasters to apprise all its affiliate Multi System Operators and local cable operators about the said switchover deadline of 24 November 2016 in these Phase – III areas and make it clear that after the said date the channels can be received only through a digital Set Top Box. The subscribers in these areas are advised to immediately contact their respective Local Cable Operators/Multi System Operators to ensure the installation of STBs before the expiry of the above-mentioned deadline of 24 November 2016.
There is no change in DAS Phase IV deadline, which continues to be 31 December 2016.