Cable TV

Retransmission law contravened: Sidhu, Fastway refutes 'monopoly' charge

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/03/navjot-peeush-kohali.jpg?itok=lyjL-OEW

MUMBAI Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu intends to bring an ordinance for auditing the tax the previous government collected from cable operators. Putting the chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh in a fix, Sidhu has asked him to decide on recovering the ‘tax evaded’ by the MSO -- Fastway Cable Network.

The Punjab Government, he said, was committed to break the monopoly situation and to have a level playing field in cable TV industry.

In the Indian states where there is competition among MSOs, Sidhu said, rates being charged from LCOs (local cable operators) are Rs 75 in Rajasthan, Rs 60 in UP, and a whopping Rs 130 in Punjab. It was being done without any legal agreement and without raising any invoices, whereby LCOs had no option but deposit the same -- which is in contravention of the law of retransmission of cable TV signals. By creating the monopoly, Sidhu said, MSOs have an unequal bargaining power with the broadcasters but extracting huge carriage/placement revenue from the broadcasters.

Sidhu said that he would procure a GPR (ground penetrating radar) to assess where cabled had been laid and whether the operator had paid due taxes. Since the subject related to excise and taxation is under the CM, he said, the matter would have to be taken to Singh and the cabinet.

In 1995, Sidhu said, the entertainment tax in Punjab was Rs 50 per television set. But, the Badal government amended the provisions to keep Fastway out of tax net and imposed a tiny tax of Rs 15,000 per annum. A Fastway release later stated that the Supreme Court lawyer Vineet Bhagat (Sidhu's advisor) was defeated by Fastway in several cases, and hence he had twisted the facts and presented figures to show the MSO in a poor light.

Calculating the impact of the loss to the state exchequer by taking into account a conservative figure of 40 lakh Fastway connections (as stated in 2012 Competition Commission of India report, it would come to (40 lakh x 50 x 12 x 6) Rs 14.4 billion, the minister alleged. Sidhu said the actual figure could go up to Rs 200 billion. Despite having over 80 lakh connections today, Sidhu said, Fastway had grossly under-declared its connections at around 24 lakh to TRAI, continuing to short-change the regulator and the government.

Refuting, Fastway CEO Peeush Mahajan said his company had no monopoly as Godfather Cable, Hinduja and MC Transmissions were operating in the state. Punjab had six DTH companies as well, he said.  Fastway, he said, had a tamper-proof system and it has been audited by broadcasters and the central government agency BECL (Broadcasting Engineering Corporation of India Limited).

ALSO READ :

Probe Punjab 'cable mafia,' demands minister, Fastway refutes charges

Punjab Govt falters in first leg of breaking cable monopoly

Punjab govt. vows to break cable monopoly, rules out blocking MSO Fastway

Hinduja's NXT Digital enters Fastway-dominated Punjab

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/12/Cable-operators.jpg?itok=kCuuw2o3
Cable operators who worked with Arasu, Sumangali 'blocking' new digital players, plaint lodged

MUMBAI: A district collector in Tamil Nadu has reportedly received a complaint against a cable operators' group that had worked with Arasu Cable for not allowing new digital operators to enter the market.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/09/Anirudhsinh_Jadeja-Rajan_Gupta.jpg?itok=EDQol052
GTPL Hathway share up as FII / FPI limit raised to 49 pc

MUMBAI: The share price of GTPL Hathway, a leading regional multi-system operator (MSO) which offers cable television and broadband services, rose 2.60 per cent to Rs 132 at 11:05am on the BSE after the central bank of India -- RBI -- raised foreign investment limit to 49 per cent from 24 per cent...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/09/mib-800x800.jpg?itok=I1dnQ6IF
MIB tells MSOs: Report on cable ops and subs grievance redressal mechanism

NEW DELHI: All multi-system operators have been asked to send to the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) details of the grievance redressal mechanism drawn up by them to hear complaints of cable operators and subscribers.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/07/Satyanaryan_Jena.jpg?itok=T43x8-dJ
Ortel elevates Satyanaryan Jena as CFO as Manoj Kumar Patra resigns

MUMBAI: Ortel Communication has made an internal promotion as its chief financial officer Manoj Kumar Patra has resigned.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/06/bhibu.jpg?itok=zpw45G07
Lower carriage and internet subs fees pull down Ortel numbers in first quarter

A forty four percent year-on-year (y-o-y) decline in carriage fees and a thirty five percent y-o-y decline in internet subscription fees for the quarter ended 30 June 2017 (Q1-18, current quarter, first quarter of fiscal 2018) resulted in decline of some major numbers for Ortel Communications...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/04/TIME-WARNER-SPECTRUM.jpg?itok=laF3K9DX
Indian subsidiary of Broadsoft blamed in Time Warner Cable data breach (updated)

MUMBAI: Weeks after the 'Game of Thrones' episode leaks admitted by an Indian technology company -- a Star India partner, another data leak is being blamed on the India subsidiary of Broadsoft.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/04/gtpl.jpg?itok=fClLnuxo
GTPL Hathway pockets Rs 480-mn Gujarat govt contracts

MUMBAI: GTPL Broadband Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of GTPL Hathway Limited, has been awarded a work order by Gujarat Informatics Limited an estimated sum of Rs. 290 million for a five-year contract. The scope of the order is for providing Wi-Fi services on Service / Rental Module...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/04/rajesh11.jpg?itok=lCI2pneM
SITI Networks’ transformation begins with slashing of bloated workforce

MUMBAI: The breeze of change is being felt at the Essel Group-owned SITI Networks. Work is on to claw the 13-million subscriber base strong MSO – which has estimated accumulated losses of Rs 650-odd million - back to profitability. And, the Essel group chairman Subhash Chandra is relying on the...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/02/AARSSU_0.jpg?itok=1ocjsI9d
Delayed Arasu DAS starts, 7 mn subs to get 180 channels in Rs 125

NEW DELHI: The Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV)’s digital operations  (DAS) were launched on 1 September with the inauguration of upgraded MPEG 4 control room and distribution of free set-top boxes. Around seven million Arasu subscribers will now have access to 180 channels in digital...

Cable TV DAS

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories