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Digitisation of Cable TV extended till Jan 15

Posted on Jan 02, 10:33PM | UNI

Torn in the tussle between the state Government and the Centre, cable operators in Kolkata received a breathing space as the deadline for digitisation was extended till January 15.

"At a meeting, held recently, it has been decided that the deadline should be extended. We have got temporary respite till January 15," Swapan Chowdhury, convener of the Cable Operators Digitalisation Committee of the Association of Cable Operators in the city, today said.

"Despite the extension we are still sandwiched between the information and broadcasting ministry's orders and the state government. They are yet to reach a solid conclusion," he said.

Mr Chowdhury said so far only 60 per cent of consumers had acquired the set-top box, required for going to the digital platform.

It was expected that the numbers would be between 80 and 85 by January 15. "But 100 per cent conversion cannot be achieved so soon," he observed.

Mr Chowdhury also said English and Hindi channels were off the air sets without set top boxes. But regional Bengali channels were still on air.

"Most of the English and Hindi channels have been blocked, but a few popular channels are on. The Bengali channels are still on the air," he said.