NEW DELHI: Information and Broadcasting Minister (I&B) Prakash Javadekar has indicated that he will ensure that the last two phases of digitisation are not implemented until indigenous set top boxes are available in adequate numbers.
At present, the implementation of these two phases is slated for December this year.
The Minister has also agreed that encrypted – pay television channels should not be permitted to carry advertisements.
The assurances were given to a delegation comprising members of National Cable and Telecommunications Association and Cable Operators Federation of India who met the newly appointed I&B Minister.
During the meeting, the Minister was informed about the overflow of the Chinese and other set top boxes. There was also a stress on production of Digital Radio Mondiale sets in the country.