Centre asks cable operators to get themselves registered in 10 days

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The Information & Broadcasting Ministry has requested multi-system operators (MSOs), or cable TV operators, to put in monitoring gadgets on head-ends and get themselves registered by November 25, failing which they’re prone to face motion or have their registration cancelled.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the ministry mentioned: “It has come to the notice of the ministry that some MSOs are yet to get registered and furnish the information…therefore, all MSOs are hereby directed to furnish the requisite information on or before 25.11.2022…”

It acknowledged, “In case of failure, it may be construed that MSO has violated the terms and conditions of Registration granted to them. Further, it may lead to initiation of proceedings… for suspension/ revocation of MSO registration.”

As per an advisory issued in May this 12 months, the federal government had requested cable operators to make sure adherence to the provisions of Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, to permit monitoring of output feed of cable operators by a tool, to be put in on the head-end of cable operators. Accordingly, operators have been requested to cooperate with the workforce of BECIL for set up of monitoring gadgets.

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They have been additionally requested to furnish the knowledge relating to head-end areas, conditional entry system element, transport stream / frequency element, RF feed particulars, platform service particulars, CTAV sign distribution areas, STB Seeding particulars, and so on, for monitoring techniques.

They have been additionally warned that “any non-cooperation will be viewed as violation” of Section 10A (4) of Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, and will invite motion.

As per particulars furnished by the I&B Ministry on October 31, there have been 1,753 registered MSOs throughout the nation.

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