South Delhi is getting used to watching television via the Conditional Access System (CAS). On Wednesday, the government announced its intention to expand the coverage of areas under CAS to other parts of the capital as well.
So, in whichever part of the city you live, get ready to install a set-top box, as required by the CAS, to watch television.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said, "We are looking to expand further as part of CAS Phase-2 and Phase-3." The ministry has not decided on the fresh areas to be included in the two forthcoming phases. Dasmunsi said the matter was still being discussed, and a decision would be taken in the first week of February.
All of Mumbai and Kolkata too will be covered by CAS soon.
Dasmunsi also intends to take CAS to other large cities like Ahmedabad and Bhopal. It is not clear, however, if Delhi's satellite towns like Gurgaon and Noida will be covered as well.
The new system — that gives subscribers freedom to select channels to watch and only pay for those — was rolled out in designated areas of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata from December 31, 2006.
The government had originally planned to get viewers to switch to CAS in 2003. The plan, however, had to be put on hold in the three metros; only Chennai went ahead and enforced the CAS rule.
Dasmunsi said he was satisfied with the implementation of CAS in the notified areas; a total of 3.8 lakh set-top boxes have been installed in the three metros; 1.65 lakh of them in Delhi.
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