Cable TV

Chrome DM report on 'Cable Dark' areas

MUMBAI: The transition from analogue to digital in Phase 3 (all urban areas excluding those that were part of Phase 1 and 2 – municipal corporations/municipalities) has caused certain areas of the country to become ‘cable dark’. 

There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when understanding why certain states are witnessing a higher amount of cable dark penetration than others. In Uttar Pradesh for example, the majority of cities use DTH, and due to the lack of a dominant MSO, cable penetration is low in this state. 

Gujarat and Punjab are experiencing a more structured approach because they have a dominant player (GTPL and Fastway, respectively). On the other hand, a state such as Maharashtra does not have one defined player; but at the same time has been facing a shortage of set-top boxes – from where the stay has stemmed.

Similarly, governments in the south support cable operators, so in Andhra Pradesh, cable still exists and despite the digitization mandate, cities still receive analog feeds; Tamil Nadu witnesses penetration of Arasu in most cities, but digitization boxes have not reached these areas either. ‘

Alongside this, the size of the state also needs to be taken into account: Mizoram’s cable dark city is one which has a large population, thus resulting in more than half the population beingcable dark.

Another hurdle that cable dark cities face is the fact that cable operators in some dark areas make cable available to consumers during prime timehours, to cater to a TV starved audience, Chrome Data Analytics& Media’s on-ground coverage reports.

It is essential to understand that there is no fixed or systematic pattern according to which cable is out and different states are facing different factors.The state-wise percentage of cable dark population can be seen in the table below:

“Each time a transition takes place, some kind of ‘switch off’ is inevitable - be it an electric transformer replacement in your colony or a human operation. We need to remember that digitization was mooted,  in the first place, to address four major broadcasting issues – taxation, transparency, choice for consumers and the quality of content. So dark outs, irrespective of the reason, should be taken as the minor issue they are when compared to the greater good digitization promises for Indian broadcasting”, says Chrome Data Analytics & Media founder and CEO Pankaj Krishna.

Overall, digitization has brought with it several hurdles that all states must collectively overcome. One must collaboratively focus on the larger picture and be patient to reap the benefits of digitization in the long run.

Latest Reads
Ortel to issue shares worth Rs 8.75 cr to promoters

The board of directors of Ortel Communications, the multi-system operator (MSO), has approved the issue of equity shares to promoter group entities.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
INDUSIND Media live telecasts "Magnetic Maharashtra Convergence 2018 - Global Investors Summit"

INDUSIND Media & Communications limited of Hinduja Group provides the live telecast of events from “Magnetic Maharashtra Convergence 2018 – Global Investors Summit” through their Indigital services for the benefit of all their viewers in Greater Mumbai, Maharshtra and some Key cities in India...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Hathway leads the way in wireline net subs addition in Q3

BENGALURU: Over the past few years, multi-system operators, or MSOs, and cable television operators have been trying to enhance revenue by offering broadband internet services riding piggyback on their cable TV network wires.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
GTPL reports higher numbers for Q3 2018

BENGALURU: Indian multi system operator (MSO) and broadband internet services (broadband) provider GTPL Hathway Limited (GTPL) has reported a year-on-year (yoy) growth in standalone as well subsidiary companies revenues, operating profits and net profits for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Hinduja Ventures appoints Ashok Mansukhani as MD; net profit remains flat

MUMBAI: Hinduja Ventures Ltd (HVL) whole-time director Ashok Mansukhani has been elevated as the managing director of the company for two years from 30 April 2018 to 29 April 2020. Mansukhani completes his existing term as whole-time director on 29 April.

Cable TV People
Hathway reports improved standalone Q3 results

BENGALURU: The demerged Hathway Cable and Datacom (Hathway) reported standalone profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 23.87 crore (17.2 per cent of operating revenue) for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3 2018, quarter under review), 70.4 per cent higher as compared to PAT of Rs 14.01 crore (10.7 per...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
TDSAT rules in favor of DEN Networks, directs ZEE entertainment to provide channels on RIO basis

In a major victory for DEN Networks – TDSAT (Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal) directed ZEE Entertainment Limited (ZEEL) to provide channels to DEN Networks on RIO basis dismissing ZEEL’s claim that SMS and CAS of DEN were not compliant with the regulations.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Dual LCN helping consumers, says KCCL's Shaji Mathews

MUMBAI: Kerala Communicators Cable Ltd (KCCL) CEO Shaji Mathews believes dual local channel numbers (LCN) is helping consumers and that its fate should be left to the market.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
DEN readies Android-based STB for Feb launch

Multi-system operator (MSO) DEN is all set to revamp its old hybrid set top box (STB) into a smart STB. The new STB will support 4k HD as well as internet access.

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories