Govt considering extending deadline of digitisation drive

In a bid to allow more time to domestic manufacturers of Set Top Boxes (STB) to meet the demands of digitisation of cable television systems, the government is considering extending the deadline of the drive.

TRAI express concern over slack implementation of digitisation

Upset that even after the implementation of digitisation in Chennai, some Local Cable Operators (LCOs) and Multi System Operators (MSOs) continued to show channels in analog form, broadcasting regulator TRAI has asked those not following rules to fall in line.

Licences of 20 MSOs cancelled

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has cancelled the licences of 20 Multi System Operators (MSOs) for not meeting the conditions for providing digitised cable services.

Cable TV digitisation: TRAI moves court against cable operators

In its complaints before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash, TRAI said cable operators were violating its regulations concerning implementation of Digital Addressable Cable TV System (DAS), for which a set-top box is to be attached with television set of the subscriber.

Move with caution on digitisation issue: Par panel to I&B Min

"In view of the emerging scenario, the committee feels that the process of 100 percent digitisation will not be smooth and there may be more problems in phase III and IV of digitisation," the Parliamentary Standing Committee said in its report tabled in Parliament.

TV digitisation drive gets boost with HCs orders

Officials said that in Gujarat an application was filed before High Court of Gujarat by an association of cable operators seeking extension of digitisation phase II deadline in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat.

Cable TV digitisation to be over within a year: Report

The process of full digitisation of cable TV systems in the country is expected to be over well before the end of the current fiscal given a sharp surge in the installation of set-top boxes by large distributors, a report has said.

Digitisation process giving DTH companies advantage: Cable operators

The digitisation process being ushered in by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry was providing DTH companies advantage over local cable operators, the Cable Operators Federation of India (COFI) Friday claimed.

Cable digitisation: Govt allows grace period of 15 days

The government is planning to go slow in enforcing black out on TV screens as about 25 percent of 1.6 crore households missed the April 1 deadline to switch over to digitised cable television.

Cable TV Digitisation deadline ends in 38 cities

With approximately 70 to 75 percent seeding of STBs achieved on an average in areas chosen under the second phase of digitisation drive, analogue cable signals would be switched off in over 30 cities from Monday onwards.

TV without set top boxes to go blank in 38 cities from Monday

Television sets without Set Top Boxes (STBs) would go blank from Monday in 38 cities which are included in the second phase of digitisation, Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) Tuesday said as government claimed 67 percent digitisation had been achieved in these places.

Statutory mechanism needed for convergence issues: Tewari

Tewari also said that the government was looking at the Digitisation of cable sector as a process which will yield larger benefits like providing the consumer greater choice and clarity in terms of end product which he chooses.

'Govt to push for indigenous manufacturing of set top boxes'

Admitting that foreign countries like China have gained in the first phase of India's ambitious Rs 24,000 crore digitisation process, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari has said government was now trying to boost indigenous industry in the next phases of the exercise which has created huge demand for set top boxes.

Digitisation: Bengal to ignore December 27 deadline

With the deadline for cable TV digitisation ending Thursday, a West Bengal minister said that the state government would ignore it as the ground reality in the state for its completion was different.

TRAI asked to check monopolies in cable sector

As the government's digitisation drive enters its second phase, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has asked telecom regulator TRAI to come up with measures to check prevalence of monopolies in the cable TV sector.

I&B ministry charts plan for phase II of cable TV digitisation

After having carried out the first phase of cable TV digitisation in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the Information and Broadcasting ministry Tuesday charted out plans for its implementation in 38 cities that come under phase II.

'Delhi has achieved 100% installation of set top boxes'

Delhi government Friday claimed that the national capital has achieved 100 percent installation of set top boxes for smooth transition of cable TV service to digital addressable system from the analogue network.

Mumbai has highest percentage of digitization, Delhi 2nd

After the analogue television signal was switched off at midnight of October 31 in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the I&B ministry Thursday claimed that Mumbai has the highest percentage of digitisation followed by Delhi with more than 100 percent coverage.

Govt to monitor prices of set top boxes: Varma

Having switched off analogue cable signals in the metro cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the government is planning to monitor the implementation of digitised cable in the three cities and prices of set top boxes.

Cable TV digitisation deadline ends, threat of blackout for some

The deadline set by Government for Cable TV digitisation in the four Metros ended Wednesday with the switchover reaching 94 percent and those who have not installed set top boxes (STB) faced the threat of a TV blackout from Thursday.