An immediate shutdown of TV cable service was announced by an association of cable operators across Pakistan, starting immediately, as per latest reports.
These operators have stated that the TV services will remain unavailable for an indefinite period of time.
This move is seen as a desperate strategy to stress the government into delaying or even canceling altogether the plan to hold DTH auction on Nov 23.
It should also be noted that earlier last week, the cable operators and associates launched a protest outside PEMRA headquarters in Islamabad, threatening the authorities that they would go on a hunger strike if their demands were not fulfilled.
As per recent developments ensuing, and the government’s decision to continue with the auction this time around (the DTH auction was always put on hold for some reason or the other the past year), the cable operators feel threatened that their livelihood will be under pressure and that a huge loss would be incurred if superior DTH services come into play.
In other news, Cable Operator Association officials and representatives met with Ishaq Dar during the weekend, however, there was no promising outcome.
Cable operators say that all of the cable TV network in the country currently runs on analogue and they require time to digitize it through digital set top box.
Cable operators state that cable network needs to be digitalized at the time of the introduction of DTH services for a fair competition, otherwise cable operators may be subjected to irreparable loss and an entire industry will decline.
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