Broadcasts on cable television sets in househlolds in Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) went digital from Friday, February 1. Four of the prime MSOs (multi-system operators) in KMA -- Siticable, Manthan, Kolkata Cable & Broadband Parisheba Ltd (KCBPL) and DEN all hit the airwaves with channels in the digitalised mode. In all, there are 9-10 MSOs in KMA. However, the big four control the lion's share of cable viewers.
The entertainment tax branch of the district collectorate in Pune will initiate action against the cable TV operators who have failed to submit the latest statistics on the number of subscribers they cater to and how many of them have installed set top boxes (STB). The operators were asked to submit the figures by February 5. However, many failed to do so, officials said on 7 February 2013.
Hathway Cable & Datacom, India's leading multi-system operator (MSO), has said that on account of digitisation it is in the process of finalising fresh terms with local cable operators (LCOs) in Mumbai and Delhi, the only cities in first phase where it has a direct presence. In Kolkata, Hathway has a presence through JV partner GTPL KCBPL.
The Madras High Court has declined to grant interim injunction restraining local cable operators including Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable Television from transmitting the cable TV signals in analogue mode or operating analogue head end or importing cable TV signals from Non-DAS area or rolling out cable TV signals without DAS licence to the consumers within Chennai Metropolitan area.
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