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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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