To pre-empt another Zakir Naik episode, and to stop illegal channels by cable TV operators, the government will soon make it mandatory for Multiple System Operators (cable hubs that downlink and distribute signals to consumers) to seek a security . Government had faced criticism for letting Zakir Naik owned Peace TV and state-owned Pakistan TV run in sensitive areas like Jammu and Kashmir.
To assess the preparedness of MPEG4 set top box (STB) roll-out for its free direct to home (DTH) service Freedish, Pubcaster Doordarshan’s DG Supriya Sahu visited ByDesign facilities in Bengaluru.
The Tamil Nadu state government-owned multi system operator (MSO) Arasu and Sun TV are currently fighting over the contract for the digital addressable system (DAS). At present, Sun TV has switched off signals to Arasu for digital homes for non-signing of the agreement.
The analogue terrestrial signals will be closed in 19 cities by December end, according to Prasar Bharati. This is a part of progress under its plan of transition to a digital network. After this, Prasar Bharati will end the analogues in 44 additional cities.
Sony Pictures Networks India Distribution (SPNID) and multi system operator (MSO) Seven Star have been directed by TDSAT to sign a deal based on reference interconnect offer (RIO) for Mumbai with effect from 1 December.
Debt, intense competition in Odisha and fall in revenue has affected the Multi system operator (MSO) Ortel Communication’s net loss for the fiscal second quarter ended 30 September. The loss doubled to Rs 5.7 crore compared to a net loss of Rs 2.9 crore in the quarter ended 30 June.
Software giant Microsoft and Cable broadband service provider Hathway Cable and Datacom have reached a deal to launch a special offer for Hathway’s broadband customers. The partnership will enable Hathway to offer all their customers a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal that includes Microsoft products like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, Outlook Access and Publisher.
Registering good growth in broadband penetration, the Multi system operator (MOS) GTPL Hathwaysaid that it is hoping equal revenue growth of both – broadband and cable TV, though cable TV revenue is higher right now.
The I-T Department has already detained Jaya TV managing director VivekJayaramanafter it raided a number of properties connected to Jaya TV. Jayaraman is being questioned in connection with raids conducted at Jaya TV’s office, among a number of other locations in Tamil Nadu which are tied to former AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala.
There is a new twist in the Sun TV-Reliance Digital TV case, as the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has now impleaded Veecon Media. Some time back, Sun TV has moved TDSAT to get back Rs 30-Cr outstanding dues from now sold DTH operator Reliance Digital TV. RDTV had already announced that it will shut on 19 Nov. Later, it said that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Veecon Media to sell its DTH business. As part of the deal, Veecon would buy the entire shareholding of RBTV with business on ‘as-is-where-is’ basis, along with all existing trade liabilities and contingent liabilities.
DEN Networks, the Multi system operator (MSO), has registered a net profit of Rs 1 crore during the quarter ending September. DEN also deployed 250,000 set top boxes (STBs) during the quarter to take its total digital cable TV base to 11 million.
GTPL, the leading Multi system operator (MSO), has got two five-year contract valued atRs 48.2 crore from Gujarat government under Digital Initiative.The MSO has also said that it has seeded 520,000 set top boxes (STBs) for the quarter ended 30 September taking its total STB seeding to 8.28 million.
GTPL Hathway, the leading MSO, has been asked by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to pay Rs 2 crore to IndiaCast Media. It has to make the payment till 17 November. Upon payment, both companies will need to enter into a reference interconnect offer (RIO) based agreement effective from 21 November.
After a direction was issued by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has re-connected the signals to multi system operator (MSO) Seven Star.
According to a report by Sandvine, a company working in the network intelligence area, nearly 6.5% of households in North America are accessing pirated live television services each month. The report titled as “Global Internet Phenomena Spotlight” focuses on paid subscription television piracy services.
The effect of GST is becoming all too clear as MSOs start revealing their register for Q2. Siti Networks, the Multi system operator (MOS), registered a net loss of Rs 52.42 crore for the quarter ended 30 September compared to Rs 15.13 crore in the trailing quarter.
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