100 per cent TV owners digitalize in urban HP


After achieving the highest mobile and telephone density in the country this hill state is heading towards another revolution in digitalization of television cable signal as the union government claimed that 100 per cent houses in the urban areas had been made digitalized.

Television sets of 100 per cent households in urban Himachal Pradesh achieved digitization under phase three program of improving the cable services, Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry joint secretary Ms. R Jaya said today.

Interacting to the media on the side lines of the Regional workshop with state level and district level nodal officers of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, he said that the center had launched four legged digitalization drive in the country.

She said that first leg was to cover four metro cities Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai and 2nd targeted 38 towns with 10 lakh population. All such towns were made digitized except Chennai and Coimbatore where few court cases were pending.

3rd leg was to cover all urban areas targeting population of more than 4 Crore where government had also achieved the target and this hill state cover around 100 Per Cent coverage as well as connected rural areas.

Now the last leg of drive would target left out rural areas to make entire television viewer to have access for the digital signal.“We expect that by the end of December 2016 whole of the country cable would be brought in a digitized mode,” Ms. Jaya said.

There are many advantages of this digitization which not only improves quality, but also facilitates to watch and pay for only those channels subscribed, it also brings about transparency in the system as regards to number of subscribers and the charges, as the consumer receives computerized bill, hence it was important for digitization of cable TV, she added.

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