Cable TV

Silverline Television Network to seed 25 lakh DEN STBs in WB

KOLKATA: West Bengal is embracing the digitisation process open heartedly. So while earlier the MSOs from the state got together to speed up the gross billing in the city, now Silverline Television Network (STN), which distributes the services of DEN Cable TV in West Bengal, plans to seed close to 25 lakh set top boxes (STBs) in the state by December, 2014 in Digital Addressable System (DAS) phase III and IV areas.

Silverline Television Network, a joint venture between DEN (51 per cent) and Silverline Broadband Services (49 per cent) was formed in 2011. STN has already installed four lakh STBs in the state in DAS Phase I and II with an investment of 150 crore. For the next installment, it has earmarked an investment of Rs 300 crore, which alongside the cost of the STBs, will also be used in increasing its network and fibre connectivity in the state.

“We have seeded 3.60 lakh STBs in the Kolkata Municipal Area area and another 40,000 in the rest of West Bengal including 24 North Parganas and Hooghly. In phase III and IV of digitisation, we plan to install approximately 25 lakh more set top boxes in the state. By December 2014, we want to reach the target of 30 lakh STB,” remarked STN director Apurba Banerjee optimistically as he spoke about strengthening its presence within the state. “Our connectivity has already reached Siliguri, Bankura, Raichak, Bangaon and a part of Diamond Harbour,” he added.

The company has one digital headend at present and offers 280 channels. When quizzed about the most popular package in phase I area, that is the KMC area, he said, the monthly subscription available at Rs 180 was quite popular initially. However, since TEN Sports wasn’t available in that, many switched to the Rs 230 monthly package.

The cable TV analysts say the Phase III and IV of DAS is going to be smoother and easier as consumers in smaller towns have already started enquiring about the STB. “Going forward, it will be a smooth journey for DEN to install 30 lakh STBs in West Bengal,” remarks an analyst.

DEN, a cable TV distribution company, reaches an estimated 13 million households in over 200 cities across 13 key states in India, like in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand among other markets. DEN Networks has seeded around 5 million set top boxes.

Latest Reads
Subscription revenue drives up Den’s PAT

Multi-system operator (MSO) Den Networks’ financial results for Q3 2018 show consolidated revenue of Rs 330 crore as against Rs 293 crores in the corresponding quarter a year ago, up by 12 per cent. In Q2 2018, consolidated revenue stood at Rs 328 crore.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Hinduja Ventures board okays amalgamation with Grant Investrade

Hinduja Ventures Ltd's (HVL) the board of directors has approved the amalgamation of Grant Investrade Ltd (GIL), a wholly owned subsidiary, into the company.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Kolkata cable operators want cable TV GST at 5%

MUMBAI: The plea of cable TV operators in Kolkata to reduce the goods and services tax (GST) from the current 18 per cent to 5 per cent has been heard.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
Den Networks buys 51% in VBS Digital

MUMBAI: Multi-system operator Den Networks Ltd (Den) has acquired 51 per cent stake in cable televison distributor VBS Digital Distribution Network Pvt Ltd (VBS Digital) for Rs 2.64 crore in cash. According to Den's release to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the deal will strengthen the company’s cable...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
TiVo's next-gen solution to help cable operators retain customers

MUMBAI: TiVo Corporation has launched Next-Gen Platform, a range of cloud-based products with a unified backend to help operators stay ahead of the game. The platform can be deployed for QAM, hybrid and IPTV to anticipate and quickly address customer needs.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
Ortel to move broadband business to new entity

Multi-system operator Ortel Communications Ltd plans to incorporate a new wholly owned subsidiary, Ortel Broadband Ltd, in order to operate the broadband business separately.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
DEN Networks tops as most attractive Cable TV brand: TRA Research

DEN Networks Ltd, one of the largest cable MSOs in India, is the top cable brand according to the "Most Attractive Brands 2017" report by Trust Research Advisory (TRA)

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Government to once again make MHA clearance compulsory for MSOs?

Every multisystem operator (MSO) which is licensed with the ministry of information & broadcasting (MIB), will now have to also seek the ministry of home affairs' s (MHA's) ecurity clearance. A notification to this effect is being planned and passed by the Narendra Modi government.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
MSOs move Madras HC seeking relief on inter-connect pacts

MUMBAI: The All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) had filed a petition in the Madras High Court few days back pleading a directive to broadcasters to maintain a status quo on renegotiating agreements between TV channels and MSOs till a final judicial call was taken on TRAI’s new tariff regime...

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories