The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday extended till March 31, 2019, the deadline for broadcasters and cable operators to migrate their consumers to the new regulatory framework.
The new regulatory framework for broadcasting and cable services came into effect on December 29, 2018, but in order to provide sufficient time to subscribers for exercising their options, the regulator had provided time till January 31, 2019. All the Distribution Platform Owners (DPOs) were required to migrate subscribers as per their choice with effect from February 1, 2019. Now, the regulator has extended this period till March 31, 2019.
There are around 100 million cable service TV homes and 67 million DTH TV homes as so far around 65% of the subscribers of the cable services and 35% of the DTH services have exercised the options, Trai said in a statement adding that it was brought to the notice of the Authority that as the system of selecting channels has been introduced for the first time in the country, some subscribers were facing difficulties in selecting the channels of their choice.