the cable TV front, MSOs and LCOs have to settle their revenue
share agreements. The LCOs control the last mile to the consumer
homes and form a valuable part of the distribution chain.
MSOs are in advanced talks with local cable operators for
finalising the revenue-share deals. The LCOs are unhappy with
the revenue share mandated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority
of India (Trai).
has fixed LCOs' revenue share of 45 per cent for free-to-air
channels (FTA) and 35 per cent in case of pay channels. The
LCOs want their revenue share to be increased as the onset
of digital cable will result in their having to disclose the
actual number of subscribers. The total subscribers disclosed
by the LCOs now is much lower than the actual numbers which
helps them in not having to pay to MSOs for all their subscriber
from representatives of the I&B Ministry, ASSOCHAM and
Broadcast Engineering Society India Ltd. (BECIL), the meeting
was attended by Arun Mohan of Zee on behalf of the broadcasters
while Ashok Mansukhani represented the MSO Alliance and Roop
Sharma represented the LCOs.
Task Force comprising all stakeholders was constituted by
the Ministry in April 2011 to oversee digitisation.