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MIB directs cable TV ops to take only C-band signals of DD channels

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory directing all multi-system operators (MSOs) and cable operators to ensure that not only all Doordarshan channels are carried on their networks but also signals for retransmission are received only on C-band dishes.

The advisory was issued after Prasar Bharati informed the ministry that some MSOs and cable operators are not carrying mandatory channels and even when the channels are being carried, the quality of retransmission of the of Doordarshan channels is inferior as the signals are taken from the Ku-Band DTH service of Doordarshan.

The MIB reiterated its earlier notification dated 5 September 2013 which specifies that “every cable operator shall take only C-band signals of Doordarshan channels for retransmission on their cable service by dish antenna/television receiver only of not less than 12 feet in diameter and Yagi antenna, to ensure good quality reception.”

“All MSOs are therefore advised to ensure that all mandatory channels of Doordarshan are not only carried on their networks but also that Doordarshan signals for retransmission are received on C-band dishes only as per the government notification,” the MIB advisory stated.

It is mandatory for MSOs and cable operators to carry 24 channels of Doordarshan in DAS areas and eight channels in non-DAS areas, the ministry said.