The government on Friday said that in four metro cities– Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata– digitization of cable television has reached 85 %. Mumbai has nearly achieved 100% digitization, while digitization in Delhi has reached 83 %, Kolkata has achieved 8 % and Chennai has achieved 61 %.

The information and broadcasting ministry was responding to a report which said that contrary to the Government’s claim, only 59 % digitization had been achieved in four metros.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of Set Top Boxes being installed in the homes of people.  In the last few days, the average number of STBs installed has jumped to almost 50,000 boxes per day, the government said in a statement.  As per the data provided by the DTH operators, the DTH sector has also been making a steady progress.  Daily installation of DTH connections in the above mentioned 4 metro cities has gone up to 8000 Boxes per day from an average of about 2000 Boxes a few weeks back. [government statement]

The ministry said that on examination, it found that the survey was incorrect.

On examination in the Ministry it has been found that these organizations relied on certain industry reports only, for collation of data.   Even the data source has not been quoted and elaborated upon.  On perusal, it has been found that the surveys and analysis have not provided details of the sample size, sampling methodology, details of field visits and areas covered in the four metros, number of respondents, details of questionnaire, period of survey etc.

The total number of TV households in the 4 metros is around 83 lakhs as per the Census 2011. The government had passed a bill in the Lok Sabha last year to digitize the entire cable television sector by December 31, 2014. The “Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Bill 2011″ mandated complete digitization of television and standardization of equipment. complete switch over from Analog to Digital is expected to cost approximately Rs 30,000 crores.