Digitisation of cable TV by December 31

Bhubaneswar: All cable TV operators of the State would be digitised by December 31 this year under the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2011 to provide better service to cable TV customers across the State, said Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting R Jaya.

According to sources, as many as 221 urban centres of the State have been included under the third phase of digitisation and the process will be completed by December 31, 2015.

Briefing mediapersons at a workshop on ‘Cable TV Digitisation’ here on Wednesday, advisor to Ministry Jogendra Pal discussed the nuances of television and broadcasting industry in the country.

With the digitization drive as many as 10 lakh households of the State will be benefited, Pal added.

This digitisation process has been enacted in four phases. Four metro cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai along with 38 important cities have been covered under process. The urban areas of the country will be digitised by December 31, 2016.
Pal said under this scheme, beneficiaries can watch the channels of their choice and access high speed broadband service.

Apart from high picture and sound quality, HD TV channels, recording of videos, interactive gaming and content will be also available to consumers, Pal added.

Among others nodal officers of the State and West Bengal, multi system operators and cable operators were present during the workshop.