“We urged him that for the sake of lakhs of subscribers, the administration should at least ensure that viewers are able to watch TV,” said Anil Upadhyay, president, UP Cable Operators’ Welfare Association.
On Saturday, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had written to Union I&B minister Manish Tiwari requesting for a six-month extension to the deadline for seven cities, including Lucknow. Yadav also urged Tiwari to ensure that cable TV subscribers, who were yet to install the devices, were not barred from receiving signals.
For switching over to digital mode from the existing analog mode, all subscribers of cable and satellite TV were required to install STBs by March 31, in accordance with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) directive. With more than 2.5 lakh set-top boxes yet to be installed, the deadline was missed.