The deadline set for cable TV digitisation in 38 cities of the country, including Mysore and Bangalore, which ended yesterday, has been extended in the State till April 5 by the Karnataka High Court.

The High Court, which heard the writ petitions filed by cable TV operators of Bangalore this afternoon, extended the deadline by five days. Meanwhile, TV channels like Zee, Sony and STAR have already switched off their relay from today itself and many more are to follow suit by tomorrow, said Mahesh, a city-based Multi-Systems Operator (MSO).

Almost all cable operators have expressed their inability to transit to the digital TV mode from the existing Analog mode, as they are yet to receive the set-top boxes to distribute to their customers.

The cable operators are supposed to shift the digitised set-top boxes (STB) from April 1. Any cable TV service provider who does not switch to digital TV can be penalised and the equipment confiscated, according to the guidelines set by the Union government in its notification.

“The cable TV operators in the city come under three heads – Hathway, Den and In-Cable,” said Mahesh and expressed helplessness over the short deadline issued by the govt.

“Our staff who install the set-top boxes need at least half an hour per cable TV connection which includes filling up the application forms, checking Adhaar and other documents and installing the STB. At the most they can cover around 50 houses per day,” he said.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore