Kerala cable operators resume Asianet channels

BANGALORE: The recent deadlock between the Cable Operators Association (COA) Kerala and Media Pro over the Asianet bouquet in Kerala has been resolved with the former agreeing to clear the outstanding amount.

“The ongoing deadlock between the Kerala cable Operators and Asianet has been successfully resolved. At a meeting conducted in Trivandrum on Saturday with Kerala Cable operators, the issue was discussed in detail and understandings between the parties concerned were reached. All the channels of Asianet have been activated,” said Asianet business head John Brittas.

Earlier this month, Asianet signals had been stopped due to differences between Media Pro and the Kerala Cable Operators over subscription charges. The cable operators contended Media Pro was charging far more than the reasonable decided subscription fees.

During mid-2012 too, cable operators under MCOA (Media and Cable Operators Association) in Kerala had contended that the Trai website showed Asianet Plus as a FTA channel and had not paid any subscription charges for over 18 months, Media Pro claimed at that time.

The current spat seems to be a spillover from the earlier issue, except that Media Pro now claims that a number of cable operators have not paid subscription dues for about 12 months.

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