Cable TV

Multiple unregistered cable operators: A case of ignorance or mutual offence?

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/cable_tv_images/2015/09/07/msos.jpg?itok=yf5_W68q

MUMBAI: More than 50 per cent of cable operators in the Pune district are found to be operating without the necessary registration. A special drive conducted by the Pune district entertainment department discovered that 500 out of the 960 cable operators in Pune do not possess postal registration, which is mandatory as per norms set by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

 

“It has come to light that more than half of the existing cable operators are operating without following the TRAI guidelines. The operators were given two months to register themselves with the head post-office. But after regular inspection, it was found that the operators continued to evade registering with the post offices and notices have been issued to these operators. The issue has been pending for the past two years,” an official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

 

Tax evasion can be one of the biggest reason behind this irregularity in registration. “These cable operators extract tax from people and do not deposit the same to the department. With the TRAI rules, we are getting to know about the evasions and the entertainment department has been asked to meet the target and get all the registrations,” added the official.

However, when contacted by Indiantelevision.com, a senior official in the cable fraternity was loathe to accept the quoted number of operators, who were operating without the necessary registration. “What we came to know so far is that the operators of few fringe areas, which merely has a subscriber base of 25 – 50 may not have registered. It’s impossible that the number is so high. Moreover, what we are looking to find out is if those operators were charged entertainment tax. Our sources tell us that these operators have been paying entertainment tax. If that is true, then a pertinent question to ask the authorities is how taxes were charged to illegal operators.”    

 

For city areas the tax per consumer is Rs 24 while the rural areas pay Rs 15.

According to TRAI guidelines, it is mandatory for cable operators providing services via digital addressable systems (DAS) to register with the head post office before offering services. Cable operators are also required to enter into inter-connection agreements with multi-system operators (MSOs) whose signal they carry.

While the issue has come to light in Pune as of now, it is a matter of major concern as to how many other cities and districts have a similar problem. Given the vast length and breadth of the country, the task at hand is onerous to say the least.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/23/Udit-Mehrotra.jpg?itok=2QL7rgJW
Spectranet enters next phase of broadband expansion in south India

MUMBAI: Spectranet has announced its next phase of expansion in south India by launching in Bengaluru.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/17/mib%20%281%29.jpg?itok=w9Hpa4Ke
Odisha MSO sealed for showing unauthorised channel

Mahaveer Digital, a multi-system operator in Odisha, has been sealed by the concerned authorities for telecasting an unauthorised television channel.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/17/Sunil%20Bharti%20Mittal-800x800.jpg?itok=IU-iFVbe
MSOs among Top 5 fastest net providers, telco Airtel leads the pack

MUMBAI: Cable TV companies have begun featuring in the country's top five companies that lead in providing the fastest internet speed and downloads. Although lead by the top telecom company Bharti Airtel, the cable TV companies in the fast-net list are -- 7 Star Digital and Hathway, according to...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/16/Hiren_Gada-T_Panesar.jpg?itok=vohzeeQS
Premium VAS: Shemaroo, Hathway tie up

MUMBAI: Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd, one of the leading content owners, is joining hands with Hathway, one of the largest cable networks to change the dynamics of TV viewing in India.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/15/VD%20Wadhwa-800x800.jpg?itok=sdEYqDy0
Siti subs rev up; one million subs migrate to pre-paid billing

BENGALURU: The Subhash Chandra-led Siti Networks Limited (Siti) formerly known as Siti Cable Network Limited, reported 40 percent growth in subscription revenue for the nine month period ended 31 December 2016 (9M-19, YTD) which the company says was Rs 408 in its earnings release.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/13/Bibhu%20Rath%20%281%29.jpg?itok=He71HOix
Analysis: Ortel Q3 numbers take a hit

Despite a 6.5 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) increase in Total Income from Operations (TIO), the Bibhu Prasad Rath led regional cable television and broadband internet player Ortel Communications Limited (Ortel) reported a net loss for the quarter ended 31 December 2016 (Q3-17, current quarter) as...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/13/Bibhu%20Prasad%20Rath-800x800.jpg?itok=cIfpPEcV
Ortel 9M FY17: Cable TV rev grew by 35pc, broadband by 18pc, income by 12pc

MUMBAI: Ortel Communications Limited (Ortel), one of the leading cable television and high speed broadband service providers focused in the Indian states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, announced its financial results for the quarter and nine-...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/09/rajan-gupta%20%281%29.jpg?itok=K62w5Ajf
Hathway revenue and operating profit up in third quarter

Indian multi system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable and Datacom Limited (Hathway) reported 25.5 per cent growth in Total Income from operations (TIO) and 46 percent growth in operating profits (EBIDTA) for the quarter ended 31 December 2016 (Q3-17, current quarter). The company reported TIO of Rs 337....

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/02/09/panesar%20%281%29.jpg?itok=k_Oi5BLz
Hathway launches ad-free value-added service

Hathway Cable and Datacom have announced the launch of a new segment– Hathway Special under its cable business. The service is currently available to only DTH subscribers. For all the Hathway subscribers, the ad-free service will be offered for a free preview starting from 9 February for 30 days.

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories