Cable TV

Four national MSOs file writ petition against Ent Tax

MUMBAI: Entertainment tax has become a bothersome issue for both MSOs and LCOs. Right from the amount of tax levied to ownership of collection, state government mandates have got the two cable TV factions locking horns. While government regulations mandate MSOs to collect tax from the LCOs and submit it, the LCOs would rather take the onus on themselves.


Four Indian national MSOs - Den, Hathway, Siticable and InCable have filed separate writ petitions in the Delhi HC to challenge several aspects of the entertainment tax being imposed as well as the tax collecting authority’s stance towards the MSOs in the state of Delhi.  The cases are all set to be heard today in a joint hearing.


While Hathway Cable & Datacom was put through an enquiry on its own premises, others have decided to legally protect themselves before something similar happens to them. Siticable claims that it has been fulfilling all duties effectively. An ex parte order was taken out against it for non compliance in April and May 2013 which Siticable had appealed against. When that didn’t go very far, it decided to lodge its writ petition seeking redressal and  justice.


Siticable’s first hearing was yesterday when the lawyer on behalf of the tax authority asked for a day’s time to come up with its side of the case. “We had deposited the tax and had also filled the form 10 as per requirements. Yet the authorities were after us. So we went to court to request that no coercive action be taken by them ,” says Siticable CFO Sanjay Goyal.


Hathway is of the opinion that entertainment tax collection is a duty that has been undertaken by the LCOs for several years now and that is how it should be. Its writ petition states that the order passed against it was unreasonable.


MSOs say that they are alright with collecting the tax and passing it on to the department but traditionally it had been the job of the LCO to do that. However, in case of  a lapse of payment by the LCO, the MSO should not be asked to cough up the remaining money is what they say.


The case will come up for hearing today. Who knows whether the Delhi High Court will give a stay order or decide on its fate tomorrow itself.

Latest Reads
Competition regulator okays Goldman Sachs stake purchase in Den Networks

Investment banking major Goldman Sachs has received the Competition Commission's approval to increase its stake in Den Networks to over 24 per cent by acquiring additional shares through preferential allotment route.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
DAS petitions challenging constitutional provisions listed for 3 November

With the division bench taking cognisance of several cases relating the digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III which challenge constitutional provisions, the Delhi High Court will hear the DAS cases on 3 November, 2016

Cable TV DAS
MSOs finally cross 1000 as pan-India DAS deadline nears

With less than three months to go for the deadline of the final phase which will complete cable digitlization all over the country, the total number of multi-system operators has finally crossed 1000 with 774 getting provisional licences till 30 September 2016.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Several DAS III petitions may be transferred to Division Bench of Delhi High Court

NEW DELHI: The Digital Addressable System (DAS) Phase III legal wrangle is moving on, albeit slowly and steadily.  Lawyers appearing on behalf of the multi-system cable TV operators (MSO) will inform a single-judge bench of the Delhi High Court about a large volume of cases relating to DAS III...

Cable TV DAS
Going a la carte with Star and Indiacast has helped: Bibhu Prasad Rath

Bhibu Rath heads one of the small regional cable TV players in the TV distribution business: Ortel Communications. The MSO began as a local player in the state of Odisha. But, it has since spread into neighboring states such as Chattishgarh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. In fact, it...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Bihar govt trebles cable TV entertainment tax to Rs 50

Even as the government is working on subsuming entertainment and other incidental taxes into a goods and service tax (GST) which would be around 18 per cent, cable TV subscribers in Bihar are about to be delivered a blow to their wallets.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
DEN seeks Goldman Sachs investment nod from shareholders

MUMBAI: Leading Indian multisystem cable TV operator (MSO) DEN Networks –promoted by Sameer Manchanda- which got its board’s nod to issue another 1.58 crore shares at a price of Rs 90 per share to existing investor Goldman Sachs is now seeking shareholder approval for the same through an...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
NXT Digital-InCable merger gets shareholder nod; D’Silva bemoans lack of ecosystem support

MUMBAI: Hinduja Ventures Ltd’s (HVL’s) proposal to demerge its NXT Digital headend in the sky (HITS) business from its subsidiary Grant Investrade Ltd (GIL) and merge it into its cable TV MSO offshoot Indusind Media & Communications Ltd (IMCL) got the thumbs up from its shareholders at its...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Comcast to launch wireless service using Verizon

Here is good news for all Comcast subscribers. The US cable giant’s chief executive Brian Roberts has announced the launch of a wireless service by mid-2017. It plans to create a service that would run on its 15 million WiFi hotspots and use Verizon's wireless network through a deal struck in 2011...

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories