Cable TV Powered by

CAS report expected to go before cabinet early next week

A small victory is in sight for cable operators who have been lobbying hard for the implementation of the conditional access system (CAS) - a move to counter, what cable operators term, "frequent arm-twisting by big broadcasters." The Rakesh Mohan committee's recommendations on CAS will go to the Cabinet early next week.

The government is likely to okay the implementation of the CAS as part of a policy guideline before the ongoing session of Parliament comes to an end. Implementation of the CAS would also allow cable operators to offer other services too to cable operators with the advancement of technology.

"The aim is to get a Cabinet nod on CAS before the necessary amendments in the Cable TV Regulation Act is moved in Parliament," a senior official of the information and broadcasting ministry told

According to the government official, a cabinet note on CAS is being prepared by the I&B ministry and "the effort will be to put it up before the Cabinet for its consideration at the earliest, which may be as early as next week." The official added: "After that an amendment in the CATV Act before this Parliament session comes to an end would just be a formality."

Why is the move on CAS being termed by the cable industry as an initiative in its favour? Explains Vicky Chowdhry, one of the big independent cable operators in Delhi, who from time to time takes on the might of broadcasters like ESPN-Star through legal moves: "CAS is good for the cable industry as then the broadcasters would not resort to frequent subscription hikes and we can also charge from the paying public for the pay channels which they want to see. Or, we can give subscribers a basic service which would not be very high from the current monthly subscription an average Indian household pays."

The Rakesh Mohan committee, set up by the I&B ministry, after consultation with stake holders in the broadcasting industry, in its report had said that amongst other things all pay channels should come as part of the CAS and the government would reserve the right to determine the price of the basic-tier service - a move described by the government mandarins as a safety clause for an average cable viewing public.

The committee had also said that that all encrypted channels would be defined as "subscription based channels" and routed through a set top box. Unencrypted free to air channels, on the other hand, would not need to be routed through the box.

For the subscriber, that would mean the ability to choose the exact bouquet of channels he wants to get.

Earlier, a technical sub-committee of the task force had recommended that basic standards for all cable operators should be laid down while giving them the freedom to choose their building blocks on top of the base tier of services.

The group has representation from government, cable operators, multi-system operators (MSOs), broadcasters and

Latest Reads
Karnataka may face day-long cable TV blackout on 24 January

Karnataka cable TV users are likely to face a blackout of TV channels on 24 January if the Karnataka State Cable Television Operators Association goes ahead with its intention to protest against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) new tariff order. The state has 60 to 70 lakh cable...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
Den reports lower numbers for third quarter

BENGALURU: Indian cable distribution network and broadband internet services (broadband) provider Den Networks Ltd reported 6 per cent drop in consolidated operating revenue numbers for the quarter ended 31 December 2018 (Q3 2019, quarter or period under review) as compared to the corresponding...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
Thailand's largest pay-TV operator TrueVisions extends partnership with Synamedia

LONDON and SINGAPORE, 15 January 2019 – Synamedia, the largest independent video software provider, today announced it has extended its seven-year partnership with TrueVisions, Thailand’s leading pay-TV operator.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
SITI Networks launches My SITI mobile app

SITI Networks Limited (BSE: 532795, NSE: SITINET), an Essel Group company, has launched My SITI mobile app for its customers.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
Pay TV subs show first ever decline globally

MUMBAI: The third quarter of 2018 saw a slight fall in pay TV subscribers, making it the first ever marked changed and probably a point of worry for cable and DTH operators world over. The decrease was by 0.11 million, down by 0.02 per cent, as per informitv’s Multiscreen Index reported by Advanced...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
Hathway, DEN, Siti reveal packs under new TRAI tariff order

Major DTH players and MSOs have started updating new channel and package pricing as per the new TRAI tariff order. Soon after major broadcasters announced new rates, DPOs are taking swift action making it easier for consumers to choose their desired channels. Last month, TRAI gave an additional one...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
Maharashtra stares at possible 3-hour cable TV blackout today as LCOs flex muscle

Cable operators across the country, and particularly in Maharashtra, seem to have upped the ante in their confrontation with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) over the new tariff order that will be applicable to the broadcast sector from 29 December 2018. At a protest gathering in...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
Ortel loss mounts: NCLT orders insolvency process

Ortel Communications Ltd (Ortel) reported a higher loss for the quarter ended 30 September 2018 (Q2 2019, period or quarter under review) as compared to the immediate trailing quarter Q1 2019 and the corresponding year ago quarter Q2 2018. On 27 November 2018, the National Company Law Tribunal,

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
The challenge of DD FreeDish and new tariff order for DPOs

With the emergence of a large number of OTT platforms and cord-cutting globally, the future of pay-TV looks bleak. The talk of the town is how pay-TV industry will manage to survive the crisis. Moreover, the new tariff order (NTO) in India is also set to overhaul the entire ecosystem.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories