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Court clears way to analogue TV switch-off in Gujarat, Karnataka

The High Courts in the Indian states of Gujarat and Karnataka have dismissed petitions to postpone the mandatory switch-off of analogue cable television signals, according to local reports.

The Cable Operators Association of Gujarat (COAG) – through its president Pramod Pandya and a group of local cable operators from Surat – had unsuccessfully petitioned the Gujarati court to delay the implementation of digital addressable systems (DAS), according to IndianTelevision.com. Likewise, a petition from the Karnataka State Cable TV Operators Association (KSCOA) was dismissed on 16 April, paving the way for the second phase of digitisation to begin.

However, further petitions are still pending in the Andhra Pradesh High Court and Madhya Pradesh High Court in relation to the implementation of DAS in the cities of Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur.

The Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF) is now reportedly seeking overarching guidance from the Supreme Court to ensure the digitisation of the country's vast cable network can continue without delay, in accordance with the Government's phased programme. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the IBF petition on 23 April.

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