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MIB issues advisory to broadcasters

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory to television broadcasters to provide viewing card (VC) and conditional access module (CAM) to Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) by 25 August to allow the testing of monitoring set-ups as per schedule.

The advisory stated that any failure to provide the module to EMMC within the time schedule will be taken seriously by the MIB.

The MIB had on 22 July directed all TV channels to provide EMMC with one set of professional IRD for each TV channel which can give SD-SDI output along with one spare IRD per bouquet. Alternately, the pay TV broadcaster/service provider should provide VC with matching CAM for interface with demodulators to decrypt and demodulate the channels over IP.

As per Clause 5.14 of the guidelines for downlinking of TV channels, every broadcaster/service provider is mandated to provide a monitoring facility at a suitable location desired by the government.

Accordingly, pay channels need to be acquired in the digital domain either in compressed IP or in SDI base-band domain. Free-to-air channels will be aggregated over IP using demodulators. All broadcasters/service providers over the Indian territory are, therefore, required to provide to EMMC one set of professional IRD for each TV channel which can give SD-SDI output (in case the channel is HD, then HD-SDI output) along with one spare IRD per bouquet (for failure safety).

Alternately, the pay TV broadcaster/service provider should provide VC with matching CAM module for interface with demodulators to decrypt and demodulate the channel over IP.

If the TV broadcasters have multiple channels/bouquets per frequency, then they need to provide one VC with a matching professional CAM. Each card will be used to decrypt a maximum of four channels.

Additional VC with viewing rights and matching professional CAM module would need to be provided by the TV broadcasters for each additional set of four channels in the bouquet. Digital output either in SDI or over IP is essentially required by EMMC. Digital receivers (STB) which give Analogue CVBS/RF Modulated/HDMI outputs will not be accepted by EMMC.

The MIB has set up EMMC as a subordinate office with the mandate to monitor the content of TV channels uplinked and downlinked in India to check the violation of Programme and Advertising Codes enshrined in Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 and Rules framed thereunder.

Under the 12th Plan, it has been envisaged to enhance the capacity of EMMC to monitor satellite channels, FM radio channels and community radio. Accordingly, the state-of-the-art monitoring facility is being established at Soochna Bhawan, New Delhi by BECIL.


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