Cable TV

Close Kolkata LCOs appeal to MIB for 10 year license

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/cable_tv_images/2015/09/09/Untitled-1_6.jpg?itok=H_8Md0if

KOLKATA: Since the time the process of cable TV digitisation started, if any faction has been really troubled, it’s the local cable operators (LCOs). To make their future secure, they have raised their voice time and again.



In an attempt to form a united front and take up the common issues troubling them, around 8,000 Kolkata LCOs, who claim that mandatory digitisation has adversely affected their livelihood, are requesting the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Information Technology for 10-year license from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB).



One of the reasons that worry the LCOs the most is that they are registered with the post office and get only a year’s license at a time.



“But the Multi System Operators (MSOs) get a 10-year license from the MIB,” says Cable & Broadband Operators Welfare Association (CBOWA) general secretary Swapan Chowdhury, who thinks that the present condition of licensing is unfair and is making LCOs uncertain about their future.



“We have requested the authority to recommend the licensing provisions made in the ‘Recommendations on Restructuring of Cable TV Services’ dated 25 July, 2008 to be implemented for LCOs and MSOs,” he adds.



The body has also appealed to Member of Parliament and Member of Parliamentary Standing Committee of IT, Tapas Paul to review the arbitrary rule and act of Digital Addressable System (DAS) in order to protect the cable operator’s fundamental rights of livelihood.



Chowdhury thinks that the current revenue sharing model between the MSOs and LCOs is not viable for the cable operators and in due course of time it may even compel the LCOs to quit the business. In the current scenario, as defined by the regulator, the ratio of revenue sharing between MSOs and LCOs is 55:45 for free-to-air (FTA) channels and 65:35 for the pay channels. “The business model should be reconsidered to protect the livelihood of lakhs of people,” says Chowdhury and adds that CBOWA believes that the model is discriminatory and thus they have put in a request for that as well.



Another thing that is bothering the LCOs is that the MSOs are not executing the terms in the agreement even though DAS has been implemented since February this year. CBOWA has also put in a request about this so that these issues can be addressed in the winter session.



A cable TV analyst, Namit Dave thinks that the digitisation process is a massive exercise and requires all stakeholders - broadcasters, MSO and LCOs to work in collaboration. “It would be difficult to execute the herculean task if any of these parties don’t cooperate,” he concludes.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/24/SN-SHARMA-800x800.jpg?itok=SHIUpU2A
Q3-17: Den Networks reports higher ARPUs, subscription revenue & operating profits

BENGALURU: Following the 26.7 percent year-over-year (y-o-y) increase in the previous quarter, multiple-systems operator (MSO) Den Networks Limited (Den) reported 29.7 percent y-o-y increase in consolidated Total Income from operations (TIO) for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 (Q3-17, current...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/23/bhagat%20%281%29.jpg?itok=kCgF_Mbu
16 local among 350 channels' network launched in Jammu

Another cable network Time-N-Tune (TNT) has been launched in the Jammu region in a move to connect the masses with the cable network system. The TNT management said it would endeavor to promote Jammu's heritage and language.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/23/Bibhu%20Rath.jpg?itok=tVL-V42r
Ortel plans Rs 300 cr investment to improve efficiency & reach

MUMBAI: Odisha’s largest multi-system operator (MSO) Ortel Communications plans to invest Rs 300 crore on expansion over the next two years. Ortel CEO BP Rath said it would utilise IPO proceeds, internal accrual, debt and equity to meet its need.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/20/VD_Wadhwa-TS_Panesar.jpg?itok=YQrVNC1l
Hathway's Panesar succeeds Wadhwa as AIDCF head

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: Hathway Cable & Datacom’s Video Business CEO T S Panesar has taken over as the new president of the All-India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF), the apex body of digital cable television players.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/10/KHOLI-manthan.jpg?itok=qng1OC7E
DAS III extension leads to payment tiff; MSO blacks out Star channels in WB

MUMBAI: The multi-system operator in West Bengal Manthan continues to black out Star TV channels over a payment dispute since last Friday. Over five and a half lakh reported Manthan subscribers in Kolkata did not have access to over 45 channels such as Star Plus, National Geographic, Star Jalsha,...

Cable TV DAS
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/09/Rjavardhan-rathor-800x800.jpg?itok=6WBeqx-x
MSO registrations remain slow even as DAS deadlines approach

NEW DELHI: The registration of multi-system operators (MSOs) remained slow with 71 provisional clearances in December 2016 and up to 4 January 2017 taking the total to 1130 despite the fact that less than a month is left for Phase III analogue switch-off and two months before the final phase of...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/05/cable-TV-SHOW.jpg?itok=bL8WtjlM
MSO flat fee a hurdle, says CTMA while backing TRAI & WB's underground cable

MUMBAI: The West Bengal government is preparing to build an underground network of cable TV lines in an attempt to keep the city clean, a state minister has said. Urban development minister Firhad Hakim said, in New Town, they had done it and would start soon in Bidhannagar. In Kolkata, they would...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/02/Bibhu%20Prasad%20Rath.jpg?itok=Xtbala_c
MSO Ortel strengthens digital payment services

MUMBAI: Multi-system operator Ortel Communications Limited (Ortel) has launched its new digital bill payment option using Paytm.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/01/02/TS-Panesar-Rajan-Gupta.jpg?itok=RmFd6vv0
GTPL Hathway files listing prospectus

MUMBAI: GTPL Hathway Limited, a material subsidiary of Hathway Cable & Datacom Limited, has intimated the BSE and the NSE of filing of Draft Red Herring Prospectus by GTPL.

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories