All Prasar Bharati analog channels have been suspended besides 50 at strategic areas: I&B Minister

NEW DELHI: The Prasar Bharati has shut down all analogue terrestrial transmitters besides 50 at “strategic areas”, Info and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur stated on Wednesday.

In 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) advisable the phase-in of digital terrestrial transmission for broadcast providers and an entire switch-off of analogue transmission by the tip of 2023.

“Prasar Bharati has shut down all of its analogue terrestrial transmitters besides 50 transmitters in strategic areas,” Thakur stated at an occasion organized to unveil the Authorities of India’s 2023 calendar.

The broadcasting regulator had advisable the phasing-in of digital terrestrial transmission, noting that analogue terrestrial tv transmissions have been being phased out worldwide as a result of “poor reception high quality, inefficient use of spectrum and obsolescence of analogue applied sciences”.

Tv broadcasting in India was launched on September 15, 1959 with the experimental transmission of terrestrial tv alerts.

An everyday tv service was launched in Delhi in 1965 beneath the auspices of All India Radio (AIR) and expanded to different cities within the Seventies.

In 1976, tv broadcasting was separated from AIR with the institution of Doordarshan (DD). The most important growth of terrestrial tv providers passed off earlier than the 1982 Asian Video games in Delhi, when colour broadcasting was launched and numerous transmitters have been put in throughout the nation.

In keeping with TRAI, as of January 31, 2017, the terrestrial community in India had 1,412 analogue transmitters and 16 digital terrestrial broadcast (DTT) transmitters.

Whereas the digitization of the terrestrial community in India has been mentioned since 2000, the general public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) adopted the prevailing DTT know-how and launched experimental providers, establishing 4 broadcasters in Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata from 2002 to 2007 .

On the occasion, the minister stated that DD Free Dish, a direct-to-home (DTH) satellite tv for pc tv service launched in 2004, has reached over 43 million houses by early 2022.

Varied channels beneath Prasar Bharati have additionally reached a mixed subscriber base of over 2 crore, he stated.

“This yr, the nation added 75 neighborhood radio stations, bringing the entire to 397 within the nation,” Thakur stated, highlighting the achievements of his ministry and its numerous our bodies.