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.
Tamil Nadu is lagging behind in achieving complete digitisation, according to the report of the standing committee on I&B. The report said that Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata had completed 100 per cent digitisation of cable TV services.
GTPL Surat Telelink and GTPL Ahmedabad Cable Network are the two subsidiaries of the Multi system operator (MSO) GTPL Hathway. GTPL had 47 subsidiary and associate companies.
Striking down the landing page direction will set a wrong precedent, TRAI wrote to TDSAT. The telecom regulator TRAI had issued a direction on 8 November directing all distribution platform operators (DPOs) and TV broadcasters not to put their channels on the landing page as it is against the regulation, which states that a channel can only be placed in one genre.
The multi system operator (MSO) IndusInd Media and Communications Ltd (IMCL) has got a breather from the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) which has asked Disney Broadcasting India not to disconnect signals to it if the MSO pays Rs 49.55 lakh by 26 December.
To enter broadcasting segment, the Kerala-based multi system operator (MSO) KCCL (Kerala Communications Cable Ltd) will invest Rs 100 crore. It will launch general entertainment, news and education channels over the next two years.
The DTH operators and cable operators in Punjab may face some stress as the Punjab Cabinet on 27 December approved 'The Punjab Entertainments & Amusements Taxes (Levy & Collection by Local Bodies) Ordinance, 2017', thus paving way for the taxes. The CM has put his stamp on the ordinance.
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