Panaji, November 10, 2015 …. The implementation of Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems (DAS) is in progress in the Country in a phased manner in 4 phases. In Phase-III, the sunset dates for analog TV transmission in urban areas is 31st December, 2015. For implementation of DAS, the Authority has notified a comprehensive regulatory framework encompassing interconnection, Quality of service, consumer complaint redressal regulation and traffic orders.
The MSOs, who have been granted registration for providing cable TV services through DAS, are required to enter into interconnection agreements with pay TV broadcasters for re-transmission of pay TV channels to the subscribers. The Regulatory framework for DAS provides that every broadcaster shall provide the signals of TV channels to a Multi System Operator (MSO), in accordance with its reference interconnect offer or as may be mutually agreed, within 60 days from the date of receipt of the request and in case the request for providing signals of TV Channels is not agreed to, the reasons for such refusal to provide signals shall be conveyed to the person making a request within 60 days from the date of request.
As the cutoff date for Phase-III areas is fast approaching, the registered MSOs are advised to make a written request to the broadcasters of pay channels for provisioning of the signals of TV channels as per their business requirement, so that they get signals of pay TV channels well before the cut off date.