Inspite of the fact that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had managed to get all DAS Phase-III extension cases dismissed after getting them to Delhi High Court, it could not ensure completion of the process in time, by 31 December.
Finally the Phase III of Digitisation is over. On 7th December, the Delhi High Court today dismissed multiple petitions dealing with the extension for the deadline of Phase III beyond December 2015. The Court has made it easy for the I & B Ministry to officially declare the PHASE three as completed. As a result all analogue signals in Phase III areas will be ordered to be switched off and all subscribers will have to buy digital STBs costing from Rs 1500 to Rs 2500 to receive digital encrypted channels.
The Delhi High Court has started hearing the cases for DAS extension, transferred from High Courts of other states on the orders of the Supreme Court of India and on 8th September gave a notice to the MIB. The result so far is not encouraging as in all the 20 cases taken up this month so far, they have been adjourned for the next dates.
The Allahabad High Court on 2 March 2016 stayed a notification of November 14, 2015, according to which the Central government had made installation of set-top boxes compulsory for TV viewers with effect from 31 December 2015.
The Hyderabad HC has extended the stay on digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for another four weeks as the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), which is the respondent in the both the matters, filed its counter affidavit on 29 February 2016.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has issued 32 new provisional multi-system operator (MSO) registrations to operate in digital addressable system (DAS) areas. Thus, the total number of MSOs having provisional registrations now stands at 496 as on 17 February 2016. The total number of MSOs operating in the country has gone to 727 including 231, which have permanent (10-year) licences.
The Supreme Court dismissed as withdrawn, the petition by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) challenging the Bombay High Court order on the Digital Addressable System (DAS) Phase III implementation.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has finally filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India to get all the 27 cases against Phase III of DAS, filed in various High Courts, clubbed and stay on implementation vacated.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has issued 23 new provisional multi-system operator (MSO) registrations to operate in digital addressable system (DAS) areas. Thus, the total number of MSOs having provisional registrations now stands at 464 as on 8 February 2016. The total number of MSOs operating in the country has gone to 695 including 231, which have permanent (10-year) licences.
The Allahabad High Court has granted interim relief to multi-system operators (MSOs) and local cable operators (LCOs) in Uttar Pradesh in view of the various HC orders and the submission made by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) to the Punjab and Haryana HC.
As told to the High Court of Punjab & Haryana in Chandigarh, The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is not going to press for implementation of DAS in Phase III cities till the High Courts decide on the pending cases.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has released the 5th updated list of urban areas in Karnataka to be covered the total number of TV households in digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III on 7 January.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has granted provisional licences to another 12 multi system operators (MSOs) as on 12 January 2016.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has written to the Information and Broadcasting minster Arun Jaitley seeking a six-month extension to the Digital Addressable System (DAS) Phase III deadline, which expired on 31 December, 2015.
The Chhattisgarh High Court, hearing the petition filed by Gentle Entertainment Private Limited, announced a two-month extension to complete the seeding process. The court ordered stakeholders to complete the proceedings in two months and ordered that during the process cable connections should not be discontinued.
With cable operators rushing to state High Courts against closure of Phase III and getting stay orders, implementation of digital addressable system has almost halted. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has become worried and decided to take the matter to the Supreme Court.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection (Digital Addressable Cable Television Systems) (Sixth Amendment) Regulations, 2016 on 7 January 2016 making it mandatory to sign a written Interconnect Agreement between Broadcasters and MSOs.
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