India’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry (MIB) says its previously stated analogue switch-off date for broadcasters must remain as March 31st, and it will not extend the already much-delayed introduction of addressable digital set-top boxes.
Rajyavardhan Rathore, the Minister of state said the Phase I, II and III of the nation’s Cable TV Digitisation was accomplished apart from the Tamil Nadu region. India’s original switch-off date was December 31st 2014. It was later extended until December 31st in 2016, and again to January 31st this year.
The Minister added that previous dates had been missed because of High Court-allowed delays.