The MSOs in the city would stop transmitting analogue signal from Wednesday as the High Court has vacated a stay against the conversion to digital signal, Joint Collector Pravin Kumar said.

With some 75 to 80 per cent of the cable television subscribers in the 72 wards of the city having installed set top boxes, the MSOs have been instructed to shift to digital transmission as per the directions of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, he said.

There are around 5 lakh cable TV connections in the city and around 1.6 lakh subscribers are yet to install the STBs. There is no shortage of STBs and their price ranges from Rs 900 to Rs 2,000 depending upon the quality and features, he explained.

The digital conversion of the newly added municipalities of Bheemili and Anakapalle would have to be completed by the end of Phase IV that is September next year, he said.

As per the regulations covering the cable TV transmission, the MSOs have been asked to appoint a nodal officer who would be responsible to the consumers for the quality of transmission and also address their grievances. Instead of chasing a cable operator, the consumers can now directly call the nodal officers of the respective MSO and lodge their complaints, he explained.

The subscription rate for cable TV has been decided by the TRAI and is available on its website, he added.

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