LCOs on the warpath in Kolkata, allege MSOs not playing fair in DAS

NEW DELHI: Cable TV operators in Kolkata have launched an agitation against the multi-system operators (MSOs) and broadcasters for failing to set proper rates and bouquets for the consumer.

A representative of the operators told in Kolkata that the state government had added a further complication by levying a charge of Rs 70 as service tax for every set top box installed which the LCOs feel is illegal.

The LCOs have sought a meeting with the State financeminister in Kolkata in this connection.

Even though the revenue share between the LCOs and MSOs is not clear and the packages being offered to the consumers are vague with no agreements having been signed, the LCOs say that Siti Cable and Indian Cable Network Company Ltd have sought help from the police which has imposed Section 144 for restricting entry of LCOs.

Ratan Jaiswal who represents the Sangram Committee of the LCOs told that the number of digital STBs installed at present was less than forty per cent in the eastern metropolis.

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