The entertainment tax has been brought down on direct-to-home (DTH) connections and levying it on local cable connections by the intervention of the Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who prevailed upon Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to get the Cabinet nod.
Airtel Digital TV, the direct to home (DTH) operator, and LG Electronics have partnered to bring the best of online and satellite TV content to customers. Those who are buying any 43” and above LG UHD or OLED panel TV, can add to their Ultra high definition TV experience with Airtel Internet TV.
BARC, the TV viewrship measurement organization, and the leading MSO DEN Networks have partnered for measuring TV viewership using Return Path Data (RPD) via its digital set top boxes (STBs). The deal allows TV viewership rating agency to take data from STBs of DEN Networks.
The mandatory digitization in many countries is fuelling the STB growth all over the world. The developing countries such as Argentina, Brazil, China, and India are doing lots of work in the direction of digitization. According to market research firm Technavio’srecent global set-top box (STB) market report, emerging markets offer opportunities for growth to vendors as the developed countries have reached saturation.
To offer its customers live TV and on-demand entertainment content, Cable TV and broadband service provider Hathway Cable and Datacom has reached a deal with over the top (OTT) platform YuppTV.
Some time back, the telecom regulator TRAI suggested that every building plan should have a broadband cable duct policy. Now the Telangana IT Minister K T Rama Rao has urged Union minister Manoj Sinha to make this a law to ensure that last meter connectivity issues for broadband networks are resolved.
In a stern warning against charging for STBs, the Tamil Nadu government said that local cable operators (LCOs) will have to lose licence. The advisory issued by the government has asked subscribers to report cases where LCOs force them to buy STBs from private dealers through the Arasu cable helpline- 18004252911.
To complete the deal, GTPL Hathway, which recently raised capital through an initial public offering (IPO), has procured the last stakes in three cable TV companies, following which these outfits have become wholly owned subsidiaries of the multi-system operator (MSO). GTPL Hathway acquired 49% each in GTPL Vidarbha Tele Link and GTPL Sharda Cable Network, while in GTPL Blue Bell it bought the 8% stake that it did not own.
To know the latest information on digitization, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has written to the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) to confirm that it has completed digitising its cable TV base in the state and has switched off analogue signals. The Ministry has asked Arasu to reply within ten days.
According to a new report covering 17 markets in the region and published by industry analysts Media Partners Asia (MPA), a broad recalibration in Asia Pacific pay-TV has begun which has been triggered by the growth of broadband. The report added that Pay-TV industry stakeholders are adjusting to competitive realities with technology upgrades that integrate online video services into pay-TV plans, as well as new bundles that package together pay-TV and broadband services.
Country’s private cable TV and direct-to-home (DTH) operators have received a warning from Star India through a public notice against re-transmitting the Indian cricket team’s matches on DD National. Doing this is in violation of the Supreme Court order.
In a press notice dated 21 September, Sun TV has issued a disconnection notice which will be effective 3 weeks after the publication of the notice to MSO Grant Investrade Ltd. All its group channels will not be available to the MSO and cable operators working under it. The reasons have been given as non-payment of overdue fees and non-submission of COPE status report.
As per the latest forecasts from Media Partners Asia (MPA), Pay TV revenue in India is expected to cross the $10 billion mark in 2017. The Forecasts say that the industry revenues are expected to expand by 10.6% this year, picking up the pace again after a 6.3% growth rate in 2016.
In a press notice, issued on 20 September, Sony TV has said that SPN and TVTN channels (Aajtak, India Today, Tez) will be disconnected to Alwar-based MSO Multireach Media Pvt Ltd for non-payment of the overdue fees. Viewers will be affected in DAS-3 & 4 areas of Daruhera and Rewari city. All cable operators working under Multireach Media will be affected until the dues are paid.
Although the final phase of digitization has been declared as complete on March 30 this year, and no analogue signals could be beamed from April 1, the ground realities are different given the faulty implementation of the mission.
Kerala Cable T.V. Federation is conducting its 6th All India Broadband Cable T.V. and Digital Exhibition -ABCD Expo 2017- on November 23, 24, and 25 at Cochin Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium ground. The Tamil Cable T.V. Operators Association is also joining us in this extravagant event. This event will stage a vast platform for the Cable T.V as well as broadband industry’s South Indian coordination.
All the multi-system operators (MSOs) have been directed by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB)to ensure that they have their own consumer grievance redressal mechanisms as per the mandate of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The Multi-system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable and Datacom will soon launch an educational service channel TVTeacher. The MSO has partnered with education solutions provider IL&FS Education for this project.
The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) has given its green light to Multi-system operator (MSO) GTPL Hathwayto hikethe foreign investment limit in the company. The RBI has hiked foreign institutional investors (FII)/foreign protfolio investment (FPI) limit in GTPL to 49% from the earlier limit of 24%.
The Government of Gujarat has awarded multi-system operator GTPL Hathway two work orders worth Rs 48.16 crore. One work order was received by GTPL Broadband Pvt Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GTPL Hathway; it is worth Rs. 28.89 crore for five years from Gujarat Informatics Ltd, a state government company. As per contract, GTPL Broadband will provide Wi-Fi services on services/rental module, including design, build and operations, and management for state-wide public Wi-Fi hotspots under the Gujarat State Urban Area Network (GSUAN).
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