Cable Subscribers in
Phase III urban areas, who have not yet taken Set Top Boxes, are advised
to obtain the same from the MSO/Cable Operators in their areas
immediately, failing which they would not be able to watch TV services
through Cable TV Networks after 31st January, 2017.
It is brought to the notice of all concerned that Ministry of I&B would
not grant any extension beyond 31st January, 2017 to switch off analog
signals in Phase III urban areas. In this connection, Chief Secretaries
of all States/UTs have been requested recently to ensure that the
Authorized Officer 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 31st January, 2017.
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 31st January, 2017. "Authorized officers" under Sec 11
of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act can seize the equipment of the
MSOs/Cable Operators, if they continues to carry analog signal in Phase
III urban areas after 31st January, 2017.
On account of court proceedings, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
had earlier given time up to 31st January, 2017 to switch over to
digital mode of transmission in Cable TV Networks in Phase III urban