Cable TV

Arasu has a provisional MSO licence to operate: Manish Tewari

NEW DELHI: The Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation, a multi-system operator (MSO) run by the TN government - has been claiming that the government has not given it an operational licence, thereby restricting it from transmitting digital signals to its subscribers. The MSO even filed a case in the Madras High Court in December, 2013 and got a stay over Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) earlier order which stated that MSOs transmitting analogue signals in Chennai would be prosecuted.

 

While the case is yet to get its second date of hearing, the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) minister Manish Tewari, in a response to a question in the Parliament, said that on 26 November, 2007 Arasu had applied for grant of MSO registration in conditional access system (CAS) notified area of Chennai. The Ministry had granted provisional permission on 2 April, 2008. It was on the condition that after TRAI recommendations are considered, the Ministry will decide whether state governments/PSUs and other entities can enter into broadcasting activities including MSO/Cable operations.

 

Along with Arasu, four other MSOs in Chennai were also given CAS licences in 2006 including IMCL, Hathway Cable and Datacom, Kal Cable and JAK communications.

 

In response to a question about licences given to private players in other southern states, Tewari said that CAS was implemented in the notified areas of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata on 31.12.2006; while in Chennai, it was implemented since 2003 under notifications of 14 January, 2003 and 31 July, 2006. Since CAS was implemented only in Chennai, no CAS permission was granted to MSOs in other southern states.

 

The entire episode has in a way turned everything around. The case is pending in court till the time TRAI submits its response. So while TRAI - which is completely against the idea of govt. owned MSOs and awaits Ministry’s response to its recommendations - awaits the responses, it could mean that Arasu is free to operate. Moreover, it can even give digital signals or seed STBs as TRAI can’t take any action against it, given that the MSO has a temporary licence.

 

The picture will be clear only after the Ministry brings out its regulation and the case in the Madras High Court proceeds.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/27/flash%20%281%29.jpg?itok=SP8CEa4P
Hathway Cable to debut Divine during Ganesh Utsav

MUMBAI: DTH service providers have been providing spiritual services to their subscribers for quite some time now. As have cable operators and MSOs who switch on coverage of local poojas during religious festivals and periods.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/26/Untitled-1_35.jpg?itok=aV38N5LG
Siti Network looks to raise $100 million

Essel group multisystem operator (MSO) Siti Network has plans to raise $100 million though an issue of securities and/or equity related instruments. The company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) that it needs the money to fund its operations. It has an ambitious plan to further expand...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/19/Untitled-1_4.jpg?itok=5SbRaNtY
Siti Networks says price revision benefits will accrue in second half

DAS paralysis in phase III markets is having an impact on Siti Networks (Siti Cable) performance. This was revealed by CEO V. D. Wadhwa to CNBC TV18 today.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/18/Untitled-1.jpg?itok=ULfulEhc
Hathway board clears GTPL IPO

Even as naysayers have been saying investor sentiment is pretty negative about the cable TV distribution sector in India, here is a company which is looking to swim against the tide. Cable TV and broadband internet services provider Hathway Cable & Datcom’s board today gave it the thumbs up to...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/16/Subhash%20Chandra.jpg?itok=yX8Ygq-I
Subhash Chandra's brothers step down as Siti Networks promoters

Mumbai: There’s change in the list of promoters at Siti Networks (earlier known as SitiCable). The national Indian MSO informed the Bombay stock exchange last week that - as part of a family arrangement and agreement - Jawahar Lal Goel, Laxmi Narain Goel and Ashok Kumar Goel along with their...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/16/SITI%20network.jpg?itok=-OCg_g0z
Siti Cable Network renamed as Siti Networks

MUMBAI: A new name brings in new vibes and possibly a new direction. At least that ‘s what the Essel group is aiming for if one goes by the name change it has resorted to at its national cable TV MSO Siti Cable. Last week, It informed the Bombay stock exchange, that it will be called Siti...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/12/Untitled-1_0.jpg?itok=ou2_KgVz
SNL Kagan says US cable TV will be robust despite decline in video

The naysayers have been making a cacophony of sound about the upcoming gradual squeezing out of life of the US cable TV sector. They have been citing the rampant cord-cutting, slimming down of bundles and the explosion in cheaper alternative OTT services as clear indicators that the countdown...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/09/cableTV.jpg?itok=fVGWf9Ae
GST: Both good and bad for the Indian cable TV sector

MUMBAI: India’s most ambitious indirect tax reform, the Goods and Service Tax (GST) got the green flag from the Lok Sabah on 8 August.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/08/Hathway%20Connect.jpg?itok=mcHzoEo0
Hathway goes mobile with Hathway Connect

Hathway has taken its path breaking LCO portal- Hathway Connect to the next level by launching the Mobile APP version for its local cable operators (LCOs), which will further enhance and empower the operators in strengthening their business operations while “On The Move.”

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories