Speaking to the nodal officers and MSOs in Hyderabad, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) joint secretary R Jaya has told that as many as 200 TV channel licence applications are pending before the ministry. The government has so far permitted 830 satellite TV channels.
In this 7th Regional Workshop on Cable TV Digitisation, Jaya urged the state governments to be proactive in implementing the third phase of digital addressable system (DAS), the deadline for which ends on 31 December 2015. she said there was no way that the deadline will be extended.
According to Jaya, DAS implementation will help in increasing the broadband penetration in the country. She also said the first two phases of DAS had enhanced entertainment tax collection by 40 per cent.
Phase III of DAS covers 38.79 million television households across 630 districts and 7,709 urban areas spanning 29 states and five Union Territories.
The day-long workshop was attended by nodal officers and MSOs from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar.