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I&B to regulate viewers

Information & Broadcasting (I&B) ministry has decided to set a deadline for the television viewers to shift from cable network to digital television or conditional access system (CAS) voluntarily before making it a mandatory service.

CAS helps receive digital television signals that allow the consumer to gain access to better picture and sound quality. This also helps the consumer to pay only for the channels he or she wants to subscribe to as against paying for all channels beamed by local cable operators.

I&B ministry is also expected to finalise its strategy on headend-in-the sky (HITS). HITS is a satellite service that allows for a multi-system operator structure to receive television signals through the satellite from broadcasters. The digital signals are then transmitted to cable operators and eventually to the television viewer through cable.

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