Cable TV

Chrome DM report on 'Cable Dark' areas

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/cable_tv_images/2016/03/02/chrome%20data.jpg?itok=2qv-LJT2

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

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/20/Cable%20tv-800x800.jpg?itok=anE4a5lP
Final phase STB seeding is 35% even as deadline nears

NEW DELHI: Even as the country has set a deadline of 31 March this year for full digitisation of cable TV, a Parliamentary Committee has been told that only 35 per cent seeding of set-top boxes (P-IV) has been achieved in rural India though the Parliament was told last week that 66.79 per cent (P...

Cable TV DAS
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/16/Rajyavardhan-Rathore%20%281%29.jpg?itok=1lAqmh4s
DAS deadline extension ruled out, govt claims 66% seeding done

The Government reiterated today that there was no question of extension of the final phase of digital addressable systems for cable television in the country.

Cable TV DAS
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/14/S%20N%20Sharma-01.jpg?itok=NQOq3jNc
DEN to vote on demerger of broadband biz

MUMBAI: DEN Networks, on 11 March 2017, wrote to the National Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited about the conclusion of court-convened meeting.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/10/panesar-wadhwa-ashok-sharma.jpg?itok=3YaZJ1ua
Entertainment tax: MSOs & LCOs must collect & pay, HC halts Delhi 'action'

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court has held that MSOs (multi-system operators) and LCOs (local cable operators) distributing television signals to subscribers directly are liable to collect and pay entertainment to the government. The court’s decision came on pleas filed by four MSOs – Hathway Cable and...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/09/SN-Sharma-800x800new.jpg?itok=vI_rjaXf
DEN Digital Cable: Den Networks hikes stake to 88.57%

MUMBAI: Den Networks recently entered into a pact with DEN Digital Cable Network (DDCN) for increasing equity stake of the company in DDCN. Cable television multi-system operator (MSO) Den Networks has bought an additional 37.57 per cent shares in its subsidiary DEN Digital Cable Network,...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/08/SN-Sharma-800x800new.jpg?itok=6t-8nPe_
DEN is focused on upping subscription revenue & be future-ready: SN Sharma

In the Indian broadcast and cable industry, SN Sharma is regarded as a sharp planner, quick on the uptake and a `yaron ka yaar’ (a true friend). However, as with any successful corporate exec, Sharma too has had his share of critics throwing allegations; most of them have not stuck, though....

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/06/mib-minister.jpg?itok=84j0Rv8C
Faced with deadline, MIB says all provisional MSOs will be deemed regular

NEW DELHI: Faced with just less than one month to go before total switch-off of analogue signals, the Government today decided that all provisional multi-system operators will be deemed as having regular licence for ten years.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/06/ashok-mansukhani%20%281%29.jpg?itok=1laLAXke
IndusInd Media board gives nod for rights issue

Hinduja Ventures Limited has informed the Bombay Stock Exchange Limited pursuant to Regulation 30(9) and 30(12) of the SEBI (Listing Obligations and Disclosure Requirements) Regulations, 2015, that the Board of Directors of the company noted that IndusInd Media & Communications Limited, a...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/03/03/TS%20Panesar-800x800.jpg?itok=jq4wBXYP
We believe the new cable TV tariff order will benefit everyone - Hathway Cable video CEO TS Panesar

Tavinderjit  Panesar is in the hot seat. As the CEO of the video business of the listed MSO and Rajan Raheja group company Hathway Cable & Datacom, he has to steer it in challenging times. The company’s share price has been waddling around in Rs 30-40 price range despite being spoken of as one...

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories