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Digital television transition in India

Digital television transition in India began in 2010.



Digital satellite and cable TVEdit

Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2011 has made digital satellite and cable television transition mandatory in four phases. It was implemented after multiple extension of analogue switch-off dates. The broadcasters, Multi System Operators (MSOs), Local Cable Operators (LCOs) were ordered by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to end analogue transmission completely on 31 March 2017.[1][2][3]

Phased implementation[4]
Phase Area Regulatory direction for Analogue Switch-off Actual Implementation Date
I 4 metros – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai 30 June 2012 31 October 2012 (Delhi and Mumbai); 15 February 2013 (Kolkata); 17 August 2017 (Chennai)[5]
II 38 cities with population more than 1 million 31 March 2013 1 January 2014
III All other urban areas across India with a municipality 30 September 2014 31 January 2017[6][7]
IV Rest of India 31 December 2014 31 March 2017[1]

Digital terrestrial TVEdit

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has set the deadlines for the completion of transition to Digital terrestrial TV Phase I (Metro cities) by 31 December 2019, Phase II (cities having a population of more than one million) by 31 December 2021, and Phase III (the rest of India) by 31 December 2023.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Cut-Off Date For Phase IV Of Cable TV Digitisation Extended". Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Full transition to digital cable TV in 2016", The Hindu Business Line, 24 September 2015
  3. ^ Gupta, Swastik; Tiwari, Mradul; Deep, Abhay; Gupta, Alka; Garg, Himanshu; Yadav, Alok Kumar (March 2015). "Transition from analog to digital television a much awaited change in India". 2015 IEEE International Conference on Electrical, Computer and Communication Technologies (ICECCT). Coimbatore, India: IEEE: 1–5. doi:10.1109/ICECCT.2015.7226180. ISBN 9781479960842.
  4. ^'_Subscription_Revenues_and_Challenges
  5. ^ "MIB asks Arasu: Give proof of analogue switch-off". Indian Television Dot Com. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  6. ^ "No extension for analogue TV signal in India". Public Media Alliance. 21 February 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  7. ^ ANI (25 January 2017). "Centre warns cable operators to switch off analog signals in Phase III urban areas or face seizure of equipment". Retrieved 30 March 2019.