Why is cable TV digitisation being made compulsory?

As the October 31 deadline for digitisation of cable television connections in the four metros nears, we wonder if TV sets will go blank on November 1 if are not ‘digitised’

Political party Shiv Sena Monday demanded an extension of the deadline from October 31 to January 2013 for digitisation of cable TV networks in the four metros of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, as acquiring set-top boxes is causing a burden on the poor in the festival season. Uddhav Thackeray, the party Executive President said that in Mumbai around one-third of the households were yet to buy set-top boxes (STBs) which cost around Rs 1,000-1,200 per piece.

“With the Diwali festival round the corner, many poor families are unable to afford it (STB) in these times of high inflation. Where will they get this money from suddenly? We shall not allow this type of compulsion on the people to install an STB,” Uddhav warned, in a statement in party mouthpiece Saamna.

He urged the central government to consider the plight of the poor people and extend the digitisation deadline till January 2013 so that the masses were not deprived of TV entertainment. Thackeray declared that if peoples’ TV sets were blanked out from November 1, the Shiv Sena would “wholeheartedly support” agitations, if any.

Keep watching this space for more on digitisation.