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ESPN wins Delhi court ruling; Home Cable told to pay up

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Delhi's district court today ruled in favour of ESPN Software India Ltd in a case filed by Home Cable Network Ltd. ESPN Software India Ltd. had switched off the ESPN and STAR Sports services to the Delhi-based Home Cable Network last Friday on account of the unauthorised distribution of channels by Home Cable Network to hotels and the non-payment of monthly dues to ESPN Software. 

The court summoned the managing director of Home Cable Network Ltd. Vikki Choudhary today and ordered him to give an undertaking to the court that he would stop the unauthorised distribution of ESPN, STAR Sports signals to hotels with immediate effect.

An ESPN Software India spokesperson said: It had come to our notice that Home Cable Network is involved in the unauthorised distribution of ESPN and STAR Sports signals to some hotels in the area. This is clearly in violation of the contractual agreement signed by Home Cable Network.

Home Cable also cleared all outstanding dues to ESPN Software India in the court itself. The ESPN and STAR Sports feeds had been switched off following the non-payment of October dues by the cable network.

The issue first came to the fore after ESPN Software India and Arjun Enterprises, which distributes ESPN and Star Sports, were ordered to appear in court yesterday after Home Cable filed a case demanding the feed be restored.

The case was originally slated to come up for hearing yesterday. 

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