The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) in India is confident of meeting the March 2013 deadline for cable TV digitisation in 38 more cities across the country. The second phase of digitisation covers the one million plus cities across the country, including Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad and Thane, among others. The four metros – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai – were part of the first phase of digitisation.
The entertainment tax branch at the district collectorate will conduct a survey of cable connections in the city and rural areas in connection with the government's directive to install set top box (STB) in every household having cable TV service. The city and rural areas together have about 2.5 lakh registered cable connections, of which about 50,000 have STBs, officials said.
'Digitisation Begins', an event on digitisation and its implications organised by afaqs! at the ITC Sheraton in New Delhi on 22 January 2013, saw a panel discussion titled 'Digitisation is here, What next?'. The discussion was moderated by Paritosh Joshi, Principal, Provocateur Advisory. The panel comprised Roop Sharma, President, Cable Operators Association of India; Vivek Takalkar, VP, Marketing and Business Development, MediaPro India and Ashok Mansukhani, Director, Hinduja Venture.
Hundreds of LCOs barged into the conference Hall of BES Expo in Pragati Maidan wearing black arm bands shouting slogans against the I&B Minister Manish Tewari and I&B secretary Uday Kumar Varma, when the Minister was addressing the audience during the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition and conference. The protest was staged against the unfair revenue share in DAS regime and neglect of the small cable operators.
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