Cable TV Powered by

Post-DAS, tardy MSO registrations in six months, 14 new additions

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2017/10/04/Arasu-TV.jpg?itok=Ex8M7Kb4

NEW DELHI: Despite the fact that it is more than six months since the country adopted digital addressable system (DAS) for cable television, the number of multi-system operators (MSOs) has risen by meagre 14 over the last two months to reach 1469 as on 30 September 2017.

This total reflects poorly against figures given by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) before the DAS Task Force that there are 6,000 MSOs in India.

The total at the end of July was 1455. In the latest list put on its website on Tuesday, the ministry has noted the cancellation of Live Satellite in Maharashtra. Early this year, the government had said all provisional multi-system operators will be deemed as having regular licence. 

Unlike last time, there is no separate list of MSOs who have gone to court like Godfather Communication Pvt Ltd of Punjab judgment in the case of which was expected at September-end or of the Tamil Nadu Arasu TV Corporation which has been given time till this week to prove it has switched off analogue signals. The MSO had claimed to have gone digital on 1 September.

MIB officials had earlier this year told indiantelevision.com that it had been made clear that the provisional licence was subject to the Centre taking a final decision on the recommendation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India that no government owned body should be permitted in the field of running or distributing television channels.  TRAI had in 2008, 2012 and 2014 held that state governments and political parties should not be permitted to own TV channels or distribution channels.

There is a no list of cancelled MSOs or those whose cases have been closed. The figures revealed on 3 August until July-end had given a list of 63 MSOs whose licences were cancelled or cases closed.

Faced with just less than one month to go before total switch-off of analogue signals, the Government had on 6 March 2017 decided to treat all MSOs as permanent but with condition that the period of ten years commences from the date they got registered as provisional MSOs.

However, if the continuation of registration of any MSO is at any time found to be or considered detrimental to the security of the State then the registration so granted is liable to be cancelled/suspended, the order placed on the MIB specified. All other terms and conditions depicted in the provisional registration letters will continue to apply.

Earlier, on 27 January 2017, it had been decided that all registered MSOs are free to operate in any part of the country, irrespective of registration for specified DAS notified areas granted by MIB.

However, they have to submit the details of headend, SMS, subscribers list and a self-certificate that they are carrying all the mandatory TV Channels, within six months from date of issuance of MSO registration, to MIB, failing which the MSO registration is liable to cancelled/suspended.

Hence, all deemed regular registered MSOs also are required to submit the details to the Ministry within six months. The ministry list also contains full details of ownership and date of permission including contact details of the MSOs.

Also read :

Including Arasu, total number of MSOs goes up to 1376, to ensure DAS implementation

37 new MSOs in 45 days takes total to 1421, seven among 59 cases sub-judice

Godfather, Kal, Digi Cable & Intermedia licence cancellation stayed, 50 'pan-India' MSOs' op area changed

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/18/tv.jpg?itok=aKmemHAu
Karnataka may face day-long cable TV blackout on 24 January

Karnataka cable TV users are likely to face a blackout of TV channels on 24 January if the Karnataka State Cable Television Operators Association goes ahead with its intention to protest against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) new tariff order. The state has 60 to 70 lakh cable...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/16/den.jpg?itok=X8UT9TVb
Den reports lower numbers for third quarter

BENGALURU: Indian cable distribution network and broadband internet services (broadband) provider Den Networks Ltd reported 6 per cent drop in consolidated operating revenue numbers for the quarter ended 31 December 2018 (Q3 2019, quarter or period under review) as compared to the corresponding...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/15/TrueVisions.jpg?itok=LjG9wHP8
Thailand's largest pay-TV operator TrueVisions extends partnership with Synamedia

LONDON and SINGAPORE, 15 January 2019 – Synamedia, the largest independent video software provider, today announced it has extended its seven-year partnership with TrueVisions, Thailand’s leading pay-TV operator.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/09/si.jpg?itok=pJrF_1gx
SITI Networks launches My SITI mobile app

SITI Networks Limited (BSE: 532795, NSE: SITINET), an Essel Group company, has launched My SITI mobile app for its customers.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/08/tv.jpg?itok=_Ehkuf0S
Pay TV subs show first ever decline globally

MUMBAI: The third quarter of 2018 saw a slight fall in pay TV subscribers, making it the first ever marked changed and probably a point of worry for cable and DTH operators world over. The decrease was by 0.11 million, down by 0.02 per cent, as per informitv’s Multiscreen Index reported by Advanced...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/02/tv.jpg?itok=0MVLLQW9
Hathway, DEN, Siti reveal packs under new TRAI tariff order

Major DTH players and MSOs have started updating new channel and package pricing as per the new TRAI tariff order. Soon after major broadcasters announced new rates, DPOs are taking swift action making it easier for consumers to choose their desired channels. Last month, TRAI gave an additional one...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/27/tv.jpg?itok=DAGo6DKa
Maharashtra stares at possible 3-hour cable TV blackout today as LCOs flex muscle

Cable operators across the country, and particularly in Maharashtra, seem to have upped the ante in their confrontation with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) over the new tariff order that will be applicable to the broadcast sector from 29 December 2018. At a protest gathering in...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/18/ortal.jpg?itok=FwRrOvsd
Ortel loss mounts: NCLT orders insolvency process

Ortel Communications Ltd (Ortel) reported a higher loss for the quarter ended 30 September 2018 (Q2 2019, period or quarter under review) as compared to the immediate trailing quarter Q1 2019 and the corresponding year ago quarter Q2 2018. On 27 November 2018, the National Company Law Tribunal,

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/06/vbs.jpg?itok=MdZkrwW8
The challenge of DD FreeDish and new tariff order for DPOs

With the emergence of a large number of OTT platforms and cord-cutting globally, the future of pay-TV looks bleak. The talk of the town is how pay-TV industry will manage to survive the crisis. Moreover, the new tariff order (NTO) in India is also set to overhaul the entire ecosystem.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories