Cable TV

Meghbela Cable to seed 10 lakh STBs in West Bengal by December-end

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/cable_tv_images/2014/02/22/meghbela.jpg?itok=Yj_v5KUz

KOLKATA: Multi-system operator (MSO) Meghbela Cable & Broadband Services aims to seed 10 lakh set-top boxes in areas earmarked for digitisation in phase III and phase IV.

The company has already installed around 1.26 lakh STBs in Kolkata city, where digitisation of cable TV services happened in phase I.

Seeding of 10 lakh STBs will involve an expenditure of Rs 110 crore.

While in areas which fall under DAS III and IV areas like Haldia, Bankura, Arambagh and Hooghly, the company has 10 lakh cable TV subscribers and the majority of them are on the analogue network.

When asked about the source of funding for the 10 lakh STBs, Meghbela Cable Chairman, Indranil Bhattacharya, said 80 per cent of the cost of the STBs would come from the local cable operators (LCOs) who would be collecting the amount from their subscribers. The remaining 20 per cent would be arranged by Meghbela through loans from banks.

“In DAS III and DAS IV areas, we have already started the digitisation process,” said Bhattacharya.

“Our digital customer base is around two lakh now,” said Bhattacharya.

“In phase III and IV, the company is looking at a market share of 8-10 per cent, which is achievable,” industry experts said.

The company has four digital head-ends in different parts of West Bengal with more than 7,500 km of optic fiber and coaxial networks providing cable TV services. “With a plan to expand operations at Durgapur and Purulia, we are looking at two interconnected digital head ends in Kolkata,” he said.

The company’s chairman further said the company apart from providing channel packages to the customers in Kolkata, did sign the revenue sharing agreements with LCOs and has raised the bill as per the packages chosen by subscribers from the month of August.

Talking about the prospects in DAS III and DAS IV areas in the state, he said there is an opportunity to seed 1 crore STBs in the state by December 2014.

Meghbela Digital TV Services currently offers 500 channels. It plans to expand its capacity to 781 channels going ahead.

Meghbela Digital has been equipped with technical capability for providing services in digital form along with features like music on demand (MoD), video on demand (VoD), pay per view (PPV), STB supported gaming and electronic programming guide (EPG), he added.

Talking about the company’s ISP business, he said the company offers services such as broadband, leased line, VPN etc.

Industry experts said since Meghbela Digital has interconnected head-ends, it can easily make its affiliated LCOs serve customers well.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/berry.jpg?itok=Xyu0tA18
Siti Networks' CFO Sanjay Berry resigns after four months

MUMBAI: Barely four months into the new role, Sanjay Berry has resigned from the position of the chief financial officer of Siti Networks. Siti Networks Ltd, a sister company of Zee group, today informed the BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange that Berry has resigned with effect from the close...

Cable TV People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/28/Brian%20Roberts_3.jpg?itok=eL70lZT0
Comcast's Cable Comm segment adds video subs in first quarter

BENGALURU: Comcast Corp (Comcast) reported its results for the first quarter of 2017 (Q1-17, current quarter). In a change from what has now become a norm for the US carriage industry, the US cable and media and entertainment major’s Cable Communications segment ended the current quarter with net...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/26/sn_0.jpg?itok=47BnT2s7
Furnish details of cable connections, Delhi Govt asks operators, MSOs wary of cascading effect

MUMBAI: The Delhi government has ordered cable operators to furnish the number of subscribers, an attempt which seems to be driven by the idea of increasing entertainment tax collection. Cable operators generally pay entertainment tax based on the number of their connections. It is unclear whether...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/24/Tact-TV-Story.jpg?itok=GAtVremb
Including Arasu, total number of MSOs goes up to 1376, to ensure DAS implementation

Following the decision of the government to deem all provisional multi-system operators as having regular licence and giving a provisional licence to the Tamil Nadu Arasu TV Corporation, the total number of MSOs has gone up to 1376.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/24/DAS.jpg?itok=Nvt-nAd8
MIB cracks whip on illegal analogue signals, states asked to ensure compliance

NEW DELHI: Exactly three weeks into the new era of digital addressable system for cable television in the country, the government has requested state government officers to ensure that no analogue signals are transmitted by any cable operator.

Cable TV DAS
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/21/Rajan%20Gupta.jpg?itok=t-0YhKfi
Hathway launches GPON in Chennai, to invest Rs 500 cr in south

MUMBAI: Internet service-provider (ISP) and cable multi-system operator (MSO) Hathway, over the next three years, plans to invest to the tune of Rs 500 crore in south India as part of its strategy to launch highspeed broadband service. It will be establishing data centres and other infrastructure...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/19/Arasu%20DAS-Story%20%281%29.jpg?itok=jcEo1FzJ
Arasu DAS licence: Stakeholders fear flurry of similar requests & permissions

NEW DELHI: Even as Tamil Nadu state government-backed MSO Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corp (TACTV) expressed satisfaction at getting the DAS license after “five years of struggle”, some other stakeholders felt this move by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting may go against a policy...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/18/Tact-TV-Story.jpg?itok=Wkw57iZ5
Arasu gets provisional MSO licence subject to analogue switch-off in three months

The Tamil Nadu-Government run Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) has been granted provisional licence to operate as a multi-system operator in the state on condition that it switches off analogue signals in the entire state within three months.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/04/12/DAS_0.jpg?itok=dbpGVD50
DAS: Even official figures show cable TV digitisation is incomplete

NEW DELHI: Almost two weeks after the formal switch-off of analogue in all parts of the country except Tamil Nadu, a majority of multi-system (MSOs) and local cable operators (LCOs) claimed that the seeding of set-top boxes in Phase III is just over 40 per cent, and likely to be less in Phase IV...

Cable TV DAS

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories