MIB issues revised dates for Phase III & Phase IV of DAS
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has made it obligatory for every cable operator to transmit or re-transmit programmes of any channel in an encrypted form through a digital addressable system in the cities/towns/areas with effect from the scheduled dates. The central government has decided to extend the deadlines.
Few days back, Prakash Javadekar had announced that digitisation in the country will progress as per the new deadlines and the government has reconstituted task force for implementation of digital addressable system (DAS) in phases III and IV.
The new formed force will include I&B additional secretary chairperson, TRAI as the principal advisor for broadcast and cable satellite, I&B Ministry joint secretary broadcasting, MSO’s and LCO’s representatives from the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, News Broadcasters Association, Association of Regional Television Broadcasters of India, DTH Association, FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, CEAMA, Department of Telecommunications, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, DG: Doordarshan and All India Radio, BECIL, BIS, consumer organisations and 33 state level nodal officers one each from the states/union territories governments. This task force will act as an interface between the government and the industry in matters related to implementation of DAS in the cable TV sector and monitor the implementation of DAS.
According to the new deadline, the third phase has been pushed from 30 September 2014 to December 2015; while the fourth has been pushed from December 2014 to December 2016. It’s been said that the dates are been extended because domestic manufacturing of set-top boxes and registration of multi-system operators (MSOs) will take time.