MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Just three days before the four metros move
towards digital cable, a clutch of cable operators will have
their petition heard in the Bombay High Court on 29 October
seeking extension on the ground that they need more time to
get their networks up and running.
will argue that digital set-top boxes (STBs) have not reached
a large number of consumer homes and they are yet to get the
channels from broadcasters for carrying on their cable networks
for their subscribers to watch.
will seek for more time as 1 November is too short a period
to sort out a myriad of issues. The STB penetration is not
what the government is stating. We havent got the decoders
from broadcasters. How can we run our businesses? There should
be an extension of the digitisation deadline, said Kuldeep
Puri, a promoter of Hathway Bhawani Cabletel & Datacom.