A workshop on cable TV digitization for all nodal officers from North-Eastern states was held at Imphal. The workshop was organized to review the progress implementation of cable TV digitization Phase-III and Phase-IV in the NE states. In the workshop, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Advisor, Yogendra Pal, spoke as the resource person.

He gave a brief highlight on the introduction of digitized addressable system (DAS) in India where Nagaland is under Phase-III. He asserted that cable TV digitization has many positive sides which would provide good quality of picture and sound with electronic program guide (EPG) including multiple choices of channels. It would bring in transparency as the signals of the cable operator are encrypted and can be received only through a set-top box after due authorization from the service provider, he added. He also added that one important feature of digitization was the broadband service through the digitized cable operators.

During the workshop, discussions were held on various provisions of the Cable Television Network Act including penalty for violating the Act or for running unauthorized channels.

Joint Director-IPR, Tokishe Sema, who led the IPR team highlighted the status of cable TV digitization Phase-III being carried out in the urban areas of Nagaland where he informed that almost 50 percent of digitization has been completed.

He also informed that the department of Information and Public Relation, Nagaland, had conducted a workshop on cable TV digitization in the month of November 2015 when all the multi-system operators (MSOs), local cable operators (LCOs), and district nodal officers within the state had attended the workshop.