CABLE TV

  • Tamil Nadu government cable TV corporation to hold talks with operators September 24, 2014

    Madurai: The Tamil Nadu government cable TV corporation would hold talks with cable TV operators and Theni on September 29 over the government's scheme to provide broadband and internet services through local cable TV operators' network. An official release said the cable TV corporation is to join hands with Indian...
  • No more ads which threaten of TV going blank in absence of STB January 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Government has decided to junk advertisements which told consumers that their TV screens would go blank if they do not buy Set Top Boxes before the deadline for Digitisation and would instead try to convince the viewers of benefits of converting to the new system. I&B minister Manish Tewari...
  • IPL: Centre, BCCI get notice for 'promoting' liquor brands May 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The Centre, BCCI and a TV channel have been directed by the Delhi High Court to respond to a PIL alleging that Indian Premium League (IPL) platform was used for promotion of liquor brands and it was aired by the channel in violation of law. A division bench of...
  • Cable TV digitisation to be over within a year: Report April 14, 2013

    New Delhi: The process of full digitisation of cable TV systems in the country is expected to be over well before the end of the current fiscal given a sharp surge in the installation of settop boxes by large distributors, a report has said. The large cable TV distributors, known...
  • No extension of digitisation deadline: Manish Tewari April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The government will not extend the deadline for the second phase of digitisation of TV settop boxes, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said on Wednesday. "We are not going to relax the deadline. We want digitisation to go through," Tewari told reporters. He added that transition from analogue to...
  • TV Digitisation: Consumers can utilise transition period April 3, 2013

    New Delhi: About onefourth of 1.6 crore households missed the deadline of television digitisation on Monday in 38 cities. But they may get a short transition period for switchover to Set Top Boxes depending on local conditions. However, the government insisted that the deadline for digitisation will not be extended...
  • Karnataka: No Cable TV digitisation till April 5 April 2, 2013

    Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the Central government to ensure that analog channels are not switched off in the state till April 5, 2013. Justice Abdul Nazeer granted time to the Union government to file its objections to a petition seeking extension of the March 31, 2013...
  • Cable TV digitisation deadline for 38 cities ends today April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The deadline set by the government for Cable TV digitisation in 38 cities across 14 states ends on Monday. Television sets without set top boxes would go blank. These cities are part of the second phase of digitisation as government claimed 67 per cent digitisation had been achieved...
  • Cable TV digitisation deadline for 38 cities to end on Monday March 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The deadline set by government for Cable TV digitisation in 38 cities across fourteen states will end on Monday and television sets without set top boxes would go blank. These cities have been included in the second phase of digitisation as government claimed 67 per cent digitisation had...
  • Tamil Nadu: Cable operators stir on February 28 February 26, 2013

    Erode: Hundreds of telegrams have been sent to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa by cable TV operators here, protesting against the online system of payment of subscription. The Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable Television Corporation, a government entity, recently issued a notification extending to the subscribers the facility of online payment of monthly...
  • Curfew imposed, cable TV shut down in Kashmir February 9, 2013

    Srinagar: Security has been tightened and curfew imposed in several areas of Kashmir Valley including Srinagar, Baramulla and Anantnag following the hanging of Parliament attacker Afzal Guru in Delhi's Tihar Jail on Saturday morning. Cable TV services have also been shut down in the Kashmir Valley. Security has also been tightened...
  • Scores of TVs go blank as digitisation deadline ends November 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Television sets without set top boxes (STBs) in hundreds of households across Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata went blank as the deadline for switch over to cable TV digitisation ended on October 31 midnight. People watching various programmes faced a TV blackout when the clock struck 12. However, in...
  • Deadline to switch to set top box from cable ends today October 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The deadline for cable operators to switch to digital TV ends on Wednesday in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. What it essentially means is that if you don't have a set top box, then you can't watch TV starting Wednesday. This is the first of the threestage process where...
  • Mamata threatens agitation on TV digitisation issue October 30, 2012

    Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday threatened to launch an agitation if television transmission was blacked out after the October 31 deadline for digitisation and accused the Centre of trying to adopt a path of "confrontation" with the states on the issue. "When set top boxes are not...
  • Over 80 pc digitisation in 4 metros: I&B Ministry October 19, 2012

    New Delhi: Over 80 per cent cable TV digitisation has been achieved in the four metros, with Mumbai accounting for almost 100 per cent, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Friday said. In a statement, the ministry claimed that this figure rises up to 87 per cent if the progress...
  • No extension of deadline on cable digitalisation: Soni September 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Ruling out extension of deadline for digitisation of cable television beyond October 31, Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni on Friday said Delhi was lagging behind other metros in this process. Soni met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and asked her to ensure that all households having cable TV...
  • Mumbai completes 50 pc of cable TV digitisation target August 3, 2012

    Mumbai: A government review has revealed that in Mumbai, 50 per cent of cable TV homes have already been installed with set top boxes. In Mumbai, there is an estimated requirement of 34.85 lakh set top boxes and so far 17.07 lakh set top boxes have been installed. The Cable...
  • Cable TV digitisation put off by four months June 21, 2012

    New Delhi: The muchtrumpeted digitalisation of cable TV services in four metros will now have to wait for four months beyond July 1, when it was originally scheduled to be introduced. The decision to defer the plan for switchover from analogue to digitised signals was announced by the government on Wednesday...
  • 100 channels for Rs 100, TRAI lays down rules May 1, 2012

    New Delhi: Television viewers will soon get to choose a minimum of hundred Free to Air (FTA) channels at a maximum retail price of Rs 100, as per new tariff rules for Cable TV announced by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday. According to the regulatory framework for Digitalised...
  • Carriage fee ban key to cable digitization April 30, 2012

    Come July 1 and it will mandatory for all viewers to get a digital set top box, and for operators to offer channels in a digital and addressable format. The move will spell a big relief for TV broadcasters as well as the government, both of whom have been losing...
  • Mumbai, Delhi TV viewers suffer in DTHcable war March 22, 2012

    Mumbai: Home after a hard day's work you plonk on the couch and switch on the TV with a fancy directtohome (DTH) connection to watch that game you'll dexterously accommodate in all office conversations tomorrow. Too bad! The picture is hazy. You slap the idiot box around a bit, and...
  • BBC blocked in Pakistan over documentary November 30, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan s cable television operators on Tuesday blocked BBC World News, accusing the channel of broadcasting what they described as "antiPakistan" content in the wake of a crossborder NATO attack that killed 24 soldiers. Some operators said the channel was blocked for airing the twopart documentary "Secret Pakistan", which...
  • Ordinance to phase out analogue cable TV gets Prez nod October 29, 2011

    New Delhi: President Prathibha Patil has given her nod to an ordinance, which would make digitisation of cable services mandatory by 2014. The presidential assent marks the coming in to force of the government ordinance, which is set to bring the analog era in the Indian television to an end,...
  • Jaya launches revived staterun cable TV September 2, 2011

    Chennai: In an apparent move to break the near monopoly of the Marancontrolled cable TV business in Tamil Nadu, the Jayalalithaa Government on Friday revived the dormant staterun cable TV service by formally launching its operations that would cover 1.45 crore households. Giving fresh life to the Arasu Cable TV Corporation...
  • SC to hear Tamil Nadu's free TV case today July 29, 2011

    Chennai: The Supreme Court on Friday is likely to hear the case related to free colour television (CTV) distribution scheme of the Tamil Nadu government. City based advocate S Subramaniam Balaji moved the apex court against the previous DMK government's free CTV scheme, terming poll promises as "unconstitutional and bribery". Balaji said,...
  • Cable TV signals to go digital from analog February 3, 2011

    New Delhi: The quality of pictures on our TV screen is set to get better with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) considering a Government proposal to shift cable TV signals from analog to digital. If TV signals change from analog to digital the viewers will get to choose the...
  • TRAI recommends digital broadcasting by 2013 August 5, 2010

    New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday recommended that all analogue signals be phased out by 2013 to allow consumers to watch high quality digital channels of their choice on alacarte basis. Digitization will help companies improve signal quality and offer more interactive and valueadded services. In its...
  • Rs 250 as monthly charges for Cable TV: TRAI July 21, 2010

    New Delhi: In a move to streamline the cable TV fee structure, broadcast regulator TRAI on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it plans to cap the monthly charges at Rs 250 across the country, except for pockets where Conditional Access System (CAS) is implemented. In an affidavit filed before the...
  • Forbes India: Telly truths about DTH, cable TV September 10, 2009

    Enabling Choice Before the advent of DTH television, local cable operators carved out their own neighbourhood fiefdoms and guarded them zealously (mostly by sabotaging the equipment of new rivals). All of them offered the same preset bouquet of channels. In contrast, DTH users can select channel plans based on preference and...
  • Kolkata prisoners on hunger strike to watch IPL April 20, 2009

    Kolkata: Hundreds of prisoners in a jail in Kolkata went on a hunger strike after authorities refused to allow inmates to watch Indian Premier League (IPL) on cable television, officials said on Monday. About 500 prisoners had requested cable television to watch the IPL, a Twenty20 cricket tournament being played in...