MIB to take actions against cable operators using analogue signals

The Indian Ministry of information and Broadcasting asked officers of states and union territories to start taking legal actions against multi-system operators and local cable operators using analogue signals on cable TV networks.

The deadline for the Phase III of digital addressable system (DAS) was set on March since 2012 the beginning of the digital switchover

The Cable Television Network Act 1995 was clear on the subject and stated: ”Where the Central Government is satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest to do so, it may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make it obligatory for every cable operator to transmit or retransmit programme of any pay channel through an addressable system”

Referring to this specific article the Ministry published : “Since only digital encrypted signals can now be transmitted over cable TV network in every part of the country, you are, therefore, requested to ensure that no analogue signals are transmitted by any cable operator and in the eventuality of any MSOs/cable operators having not complied with these directions/orders, you may initiate action under Sec 11 of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, if they are still continuing to carry analogue signals, violating Sec 4A of the Cable TV Act under intimation to this Ministry.”