TV digitalization: Set-top box deadline extended

Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

The deadline for digitalization of TV signals in Gujarat has been extended to April 8, thanks to the Gujarat High Court.

The Gujarat HC stayed the central government’s notification following a petition by the cable operators in the state. Justice R H Shukla stayed the mandatory digitization process for 10 days as the central government failed to come up with an explanation on why the cable operators should not be permitted extension in deadline. Cable Operators’ Association of Gujarat wanted the deadline to be extended for six months on the ground that instruments are not available in markets.

Four cities, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot of Gujarat were part of the second phase of digitization process which includes 38 cities across the country.  But the cable operators from these cities

The association contended that only 50% work of installing the set-top box — Digital Addressable System (DAS) — in the four cities of the state has been completed due to shortage of set-top boxes in the market.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled on April 8.

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