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Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam to retain analogue TV until 4 June

An Indian court has ordered a stay until 4 June for the mandatory switch-off of analogue cable TV signals in Hyderabad and Vishakhapatnam while it adjourns to hear from interested parties, according to Indian Television.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court heard a public interest petition on Tuesday (30 April) from Chalasani Narendra, who claimed the Union of India was "scuttling the constitutional rights of the citizens by blocking out the TV channels in the guise of implementation of digital addressability system (DAS) without making any efforts for easy availability of set-top boxes (STBs) in the market".

Five similar cases, including those by Greater Hyderabad Cable TV Operators Association and S V Krishna Mohan, a multi-service operator, have also come to the court's attention, according to the report.

The division bench, headed by Justice N V Ramana, has now permitted the Indian Broadcasting Foundation, along with other parties, to submit their case for digitisation.

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