To ensure full implementation of the digital addressable system (DAS), the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) will continue the 12th Plan Scheme ‘Mission Digitisation’ up to 31 March 2020 with an outlay of Rs. 12.70 crore.
The proposal to issue equity shares to promoter and promoter group entities not exceeding Rs 8.75 crore has been approved by the board of directors of multi system operator (MSO) Ortel Communications.
The Zee-DEN war which has left DEN users in lurch for many months has now reached the information and broadcasting ministry (I&B). Zee has filed a complaint against multi-system operator (MSO) DEN Networks and its affiliate partners in the Ministry. In the complaint, the broadcaster has alleged that the DEN is supplying signals of TV channels in an unencrypted and non-addressable mode in digital addressable systems (DAS) notified areas.
Due to cheap data rates and smartphones, OTT content is becoming the king with consumers. To cash in the boom, multi system operator (MSO) JPR Network has partnered with Falcon Media to launch an over the top (OTT) service.
Flouting the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) orders many times had cost Shimla-based multi system operator (MSO) Good Media News heavily, as the tribunal has now ordered the attachment of all movable and immovable properties of this MSO.
As per media sources, ZEEL has issued a demand notice of Rs 50 crore against MSO Hathway. The dues are for a period of 4-5 months. On 20 February, broadcaster ZEEL has moved the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to recover its dues.
GTPL Hathway, a leading cable TV and broadband service provider, will soon partner with leading broadcasters such as ZEEL and Star India on a fixed fee basis.
The long standing landing page matter will be disposed soon by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). The matter has already been listed on 6 March 2018. On that day, TDSAT may explore the possibility of ensuring uninterrupted hearing on a day-to-day basis.
Incorporated in May 2016, C&S Medianet has started its operations. It has partnered with Hindi GEC Discovery Jeet and has prominently placed it on the three DOPs- Dish TV India, Videocon d2h and Siti Networks.
Though the multi system operators (MSOs) are in favour of having a separate panel of auditors, the direct to home (DTH) operators feel it is undesirable. But the distribution platform operators (DPOs) are not on the same platform over the issue of whether or not to have a separate panel of auditors for conducting technical and subscription audits.
Hearing the dispute between Zee and DEN over non-payment of dues, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has permitted the multi system operator (MSO) DEN Networks to have a reference interconnect offer (RIO) deal with broadcaster ZEEL from 1 February.
As per Frost & Sullivan’s Pay TV Services in India, 2017, the Pay TV services market in India has been rapidly transforming as a result of mandates such as digitization, GST, and demonetization having manifold implications on the sector. A social revolution in terms of content consumed, willingness to pay, rising trend of over-the-top video viewing, and demand for unconventional entertainment is shaping the mindset and outlook of the masses. These trends will have a significant impact on the growth of the market.
The multi system operator DEN Networks has to pay ZEE Rs 10-Cr fine, following its request to avail ZEE signals on RIO basis getting quashed by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
The multi system operator (MSO) DEN Networks has deployed 1.5 lakh set top boxes (STBs) during Q3, making its total digital base reach11.2 million. The company’s active subscriber was at 7.4 million. The MSO’s consolidated net profit has doubled to Rs 2 crore in this quarter ending on 31 December.
The channels under the Times Network will not be available on the multi system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable and Datacom for non-payment of outstanding dues.
Hinduja Ventures Ltd (HVL)’s board of directors has given their approval for the amalgamation of Grant Investrade Ltd (GIL) into the company, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. HVL has business interests in media, real estate, and treasury while GIL is in the business of running channels on cable TV and treasury.
At present, most of the MSOs and DTH operators depend on imported STBs (Set-Top-Box). To reduce their dependence on imported STBs, and to push the growth of India made STBs, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology has recommended the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) to give a push to indigenous set top boxes.
According to Informitv Multiscreen Index of 100 leading multichannel pay television services around the world, India now accounts for four of the top 10 services in the index by subscriber numbers and seven out of the top 10 in the Asia Pacific region.
The department of telecom (DoT) has been urged by the Parliament Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT)to relook at the issue of charging 8% licence fee for the internet service provider (ISP) licence from cable TV companies based on their adjusted gross revenue (AGR) revenue which includes the cable TV business.
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