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Digitisation: No relief for Mumbai; Chennai gets 5-day extension

Bombay High Court dismissed petition to defer digitisation deadline; Madras HC stays DAS roll-out till next hearing on Nov. 5

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | November 1, 2012

As the deadline of digitisation came to an end at midnight yesterday, the last-ditch effort by cable operators in Mumbai to postpone the deadline by taking shelter of the High Court did not help them get any extension. But cable operators of Chennai were more fortunate as they managed to get a five-day stay from the Madras High Court until the next hearing scheduled for November 5, 2012.

The Bombay High Court dismissed the petition filed by Paresh Thakker of Mumbai-based local cable operator, Bhavani Rajesh Cable, for extension of the digitisation deadline in the four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Referring to the government’s claim on digitisation, the High Court observed that most of the television households have already converted to DAS, hence there was no need for an extension.

On the other hand, after hearing the petition filed by Chennai Metro Cable TV Operators Association (CMCOA), the Madras High Court put on hold the digitisation deadline till the next hearing on November 5. CMCOA is seeking a three-months extension for complete digitisation in Chennai.

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