In an apparent bid to curb content piracy, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has sent an advisory to the MSOs (Multiple System Operators) and AIDCF (All India Digital Cable Federation) regarding the installation of monitoring devices to keep a check on the output feed of cable operators.
The advisory stated, “ln order to ensure adherence to the provisions of Cable Television Networks (Regulation)Act, 1995 and Rules made thereunder, it has been decided, with the approval of the competent authority, to monitor output feed of cable operators through a monitoring device. Accordingly, Cable Operators are requested to cooperate with officials/team of BECIL (Broadcasting Engineering Consultants India Limited) visiting their premises for installation of monitoring devices on their Head-end.”
The monitoring devices are to be installed on the Head-end of the Cable Operators, under the provision of Sub-Section 4 of Section 10A of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.
The I&B Ministry has asked the cable operators to furnish the requisite information regarding Head-end locations, Conditional Access System detail, Transport Stream/Frequency detail, RF Feed details, Platform Service details, CTAV Signal distribution areas, STB Seeding details, etc., required by BECIL officials/team for the monitoring system.
The advisory further read, “Any non-cooperation will be viewed as a violation of subsection 4 of Section 10A of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. Such violations may invite action as per the provisions of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules made thereunder.”