In just a few days from now, you won't be able to watch your favourite channels unless you have installed a Set Top Box.
The four metro cities in India, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai are all set for the complete digitization of cable TV.
According to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, 77 percent of cable TV digitization has been achieved in these four cities as of October 15, 2012. The digitization of cable TV has been made compulsory in these four cities.
To help the customers regarding their queries and ensure smooth transition towards digitization, the I&B ministry has set up a control room that is open on all days including the holidays from 8 in the morning till 10 p.m. Customers, who have queries regarding the installation of Set Top Boxes (STB's) at their home, can call the toll-free number 1-800-180-4343 and clear their doubts.
While the government claims that it is on track to achieve complete digitization in these four cities by October 31, the customers still aren't clear about the pricing of the Set Top Boxes, and the package rates that are declared by multi-system operators.
The original idea of the Indian government was to achieve complete digitization in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai by June this year but it got extended till November 1 when it was revealed that only 25% digitization had been achieved by that time!
As far as city-wise break down goes (as of October 15), Mumbai tops the list as it has achieved the highest percentage of digitization with a 99% digitization, At 73% digitization, Kolkata comes second while Delhi and Chennai are third and fourth with 66% and 59% digitization level respectively.
It is also interesting to know that in the interest of general public, the executives from 5 national level MSO's like In Cable, Hathway, Digi Cable, DEN and Siti Cable would also be present at the control room to address any particular query that the customers may have regarding to their respective networks/services.