Analog signals in Phase III urban areas to go off from Jan 31, 2017
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has refused to grant any extension beyond January 31, 2017 to switch off analog signals in Phase III urban areas. On account of court proceedings, the MIB had earlier given time up to January 31, 2017 to switch over to digital mode of transmission in cable TV networks in Phase III urban areas.
The Ministry had issued instructions to all the broadcasters, Multi System Operators (MSOs) and Local Cable Operators (LCOs) to ensure that no analog signals are transmitted over the cable networks in Phase III urban areas after January 31. ‘Authorised officers’ under Sec 11 of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act can seize the equipment of the MSOs/ cable operators, if they continue to carry analog signal in Phase III urban areas after January 31.
In this connection, Chief Secretaries of all States/ UTs have been asked to ensure that the Authorised Officers get acquainted with their powers and specified rules to enforce them against defaulters if they continue to carry analog signal in Phase III urban areas after January 31.
Cable subscribers in Phase III urban areas have been asked to obtain Set Top Boxes from the MSO/ cable operators in their areas immediately in order to be able to watch TV services through cable TV networks after January 31.