The Indian information and broadcasting ministry (MIB) issued statement asking all Indian states to take measure against Multi System Operator (MSO) and cable operator who are still using analogue signals instead of digital.
Since The Cable Television Network Act 1995 was rather 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”
In order to make this Act count the MIB issued a note “For the successful implementation of cable TV digitization, it is imperative that immediate action is taken against the defaulters and also regular monitoring/checks are made to ensure that the cable operators follow all the provisions in the Cable Act/Rules for providing cable TV services”. In order to show its determination, the ministry added: “Registered MSOs must operationalize the cable service within six months of getting the registration failing which their registration is likely to be withdrawn/suspended,”
The MSO industry is counting 700 different companies and more than 60000 cable operators in India. To maintain order in this gigantic number of firms the Indian government decided to raise by almost 6% the Ministry budget.
The MIB requested from the Department of Space (DoS) to block all DTH coming from Asian broadcast Satellite since they provided Free to Air (FTA) service without Ministry authorization.