Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued notices to all the cable operators in Sindh to stop cable TV service. According to the notice issued by PEMRA to all the cable operators of Sindh, they would not be able to further continue analog cable service to their customers from 1st of January, 2016. In this notice, all the cable operators of Sindh have been asked to immediately convert their analog service to digital device that costs around Rs. 5000. It means that all the cable users would have to purchase this device in order to enjoy cable service. You can also read PEMRA warns TV channels over Valentine Day transmissions.
Deadline for converting their analog cable service to digital device system is 31st December 2015 and cable operators would have to stop giving service to those customers who didn’t have this device. PEMRA has also mentioned in its notice that of this direction will be neglected by any cable operator of Sindh, legal proceedings will be launched against them according to the PEMRA rules.
Despite of this direction, not a single cable operator association of Sindh has taken any notice and cable service has been continued. Surprisingly, we didn’t see any protest or press release from cable operators for this burden on domestic cable users.