Operators Alliance president Ashok Mansukhani said the government
appeared to have done nothing after the notification. The
rules of business were still not clear. For example, it was
not known whether MSOs who had the CAS (conditional access
system) licences would have to get fresh licences Would cable
operators get licenses directly or would the business be transacted
as of now through the MSOs, and what exactly will the role
of the government be.
wondered why Trai had issued a second consultation paper when
it had as many as 100 responses including 80 from cable operators.
He said cable networking had still not been recognised as
an industry, and had not been given any tax concessions. While
the MSOs had the funding, a level playing field was still
said though 30 June at present appeared to be a mirage, the
industry was prepared to abide if the government got its act
Broadcasting Foundation VP and Times Television Network MD
& CEO Sunil Lulla said most broadcasters were in the red,
and so the pricing has to change. And if digitisation is to
help the consumer, then he should be ready to pay more.
said attempts were on to create TV spots to create awareness
about digitisation, but the government must also come forward.
Operators Federation of India (COFI) president Roop Sharma
said cable operators had been fighting for digitisation even
before the MSOs or broadcasters had done so, but nothing was
done to help the last mile cable operator or create awareness
among the people. "When I am not even sure I will get
content after 30 June or not, why should I spend so much money
on infrastructure?" she asked.
cable operator has to even recover entertainment tax to pass
it on to the MSO, she said. She denied charges that the cable
TV industry was not organised.
wanted definite action from the government to get inter-connect
regulations, tariff, and STBs.
Broadcasters Association president K V L Narayan Rao said
the race for TRPs will continue until subscription rates improve,
but Trai had failed to take a decision in this regard. At
the same time, he said good content must also come. He wanted
greater unity on the part of the stakeholders in approaching