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India – Analogue signals to end next month

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has stated that the deadline will not be extended for the switching off of analogue signals in digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III.

It is to be noted that deadline for both Phase III and Phase IV were extended last year until January 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017 respectively, by the ministry due to ongoing court proceedings.

Phase III cable subscribers are requested by the ministry to obtain their set-top boxes from the multi-system operators (MSOs) or local cable operators (LCOs) in their areas. Failing to do so will prevent the subscribers to have access to TV services through cable networks.

Instructions have also been issued to all broadcasters for the non-transmission of analogue signals over cable networks in Phase III urban areas after deadline.

Further, it is to be noted that DAS Phase III covered 33.18 million TV households across 630 districts and 7,709 urban areas. Phase IV, on the other hand, covered 61.08 million homes.