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Devesh Chandra Srivastava, Hindustan Times
April 21, 2012
To digitise the analog TV network across the country, the government has cleared the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2011. In the first phase, viewers of four metro cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai — will have to install set-top boxes (STBs) in their households before June 30. As per the amendment, cable operators are required to provide STBs to each customer.

How do you benefit?

After digitisation, you will be able to pick and choose channels through STBs. Moreover, you will pay only for the channels you want to watch. Apart from the choice of channels, one of the biggest advantages is picture quality.

What’s the cost?

You will have to shell out about Rs. 2,000-3,000 to get your own STB installed. The operator can either lease it to you or sell on installments so that the burden is not high. Then, there are cheaper STBs from China, Taiwan and South Korea in the range of Rs. 1,000-1,500.

Another option

Switch to DTH (direct-to-home) operators such as the Airtel, Dish TV, Videocon D2H, Sun Direct and Tata Sky. Here, too, the total charge comes to be Rs. 2,500-4,000.

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