Well begun, but not half done
Already, the West Bengal and Tamil Nadu governments have written to the Centre to extend the deadline once again by at least three more months. Bengal urban development minister Firhad Hakim tells FE that many of the MSOs (multi-system operators) have not been able to supply set-top boxes to consumers. “It is not possible for the MSOs to meet the deadline since they have received only 40-50% of set-top boxes (STBs),” he says.
According to E&Y analysts, it is estimated that India has 127 million cable and satellite homes, of which around 32 million are direct-to-home or DTH, seven million digital cable and 88 million analogue cable homes. Industry estimates point out that the distribution business will need to invest around R7,500 crore in the digitisation process, with phase I in the four metros requiring R1,100 crore. Digitisation will bring transparency in the distribution system, consumers will have more choice and the quality of broadcasting will
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