A total of 20,000 television sets having no Set Top box or DTH services in the city went blank after analog signal supply was stopped here on Sunday.
The Hathway MCN office witnessed mad rush of set top box buyers.
The digitalization of cable service has been already completed in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata in October 2012. In second phase, installing set top box has been made mandatory in 38 cities including Aurangabad with March 31 being the last day.
The city with a population of 12 lakh has 47,000 cable connections. Prior to it the broadcast was done through analog signals to TV sets.
The central government appointed assistant engineer of Prasar Bharti Narayan Kuduskar and additional collector Kisanrao Lawande as nodal officer to stop the analog signals. These officers sealed the analog cable signal at Hathway MCN control room. Hence, the screens of 20,000 TV sets without set top box or DTH went blank.
Whether you are going to select DTH or cable, the selection of set top box is quite important. The box should be encrypted which makes one able to add or reduce the number of channels in his package. The criterion of recognising the encrypted box is that it gets switched off after removing the card.
The box should have a capacity of 500 channels as well it should have the capacity of reading sub titles and video recording in Marathi and English as many channels have this facility. However, if your set top box does not have this reading facility then you cannot take its benefit.
Instead of switching off the TV, it should be kept on standby mode as upgradation continues in the box. If it is switched off then upgradation process stops and when TV is switched on, it starts reading signals consuming a lot of time.
According to decision of TRAI, as many as 100 channels would be available at Rs 100 plus local tax. Above that one can subscribe to any package from 500 channels by paying Rs 150 and taxes.