The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has asked all MSOs/LCOs to switch-off analogue signals of cable television from 1st April 2017, as last date of Phase IV of cable TV digitization ended on March 31. The Ministry has also warned the defaulters of strict action. But there are pertinent issues faced by LCOs and the poor people in rural regions are finding it tough to invest in STB. As per the latest BARC Survey, TV penetration has increased by 18% making it to 184 million instead of 158 million in 2013. If we work on this figure, the ministry estimated achievement will come down to hardly 50% leaving about 45 million analogue households without any TV services after analogue signal was ordered to be switched off from April 1. To know the technical side of the story, Cable Quest correspondent Varun Sharma had a chat with Pankaj Krishna, Founder, Chrome Data Analytics & Media. Excerpts from the interview:
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