Cable TV

CAS report expected to go before cabinet early next week

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/07/05/indiantelevision_6.jpg?itok=_IhJTWIs

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 indiantelevision.com.

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

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/04/Jio.jpg?itok=BodwQwwF
Jio & Hathway continue to lead wireless and wired Internet subs growth in 2018

India witnessed 1.74 percent growth in broadband internet customers in the month of April 2018 (Apr-18, month under review) according Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) data for the month ended 30 April 2018. Hence, 71.90 lakh (7.19 million, 0.719 crore) broadband subscribers were added...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/07/03/hathway.jpg?itok=XgUL_9ed
Hathway ropes in Sitendu Nagchaudhuri as new CFO

Leading cable operator Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd has appointed Sitendu Nagchaudhuri as the new chief financial officer (CFO). The fellow chartered accountant’s experience in the field of corporate finance, commercial and strategy leadership spans over 27 years.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/22/mike.jpg?itok=trEApP9h
Sony to bring Pictures, TV division under one roof

Sony Pictures TV is set to merge international TV operations to bring its television networks, home entertainment and distribution businesses together. This shuffle may lead to some job cuts, with many senior executives from Sony having already departed.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/19/en.jpg?itok=D3gT426Y
DEN Network fixed-line b’band biz plan hinges on partnerships & leveraging present infra

MUMBAI: With telcos handing out data at cheap rates in various package sizes under innovative schemes, mobile data consumption has increased rapidly in India in the last few years, while the growth of fixed-line broadband (FLBB) users has been tepid, if not completely static. MSO DEN Networks now...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/15/den.jpg?itok=QQbrO9t0
DEN aims to convert 10% of SD subscribers to HD in a year

DEN Networks CEO SN Sharma has set a target of converting 10 per cent of its standard definition (SD) subscribers to high definition (HD) within a year.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/15/gtpl.jpg?itok=iHTj8qw9
GTPL Hathway appoints Viren Thakkar as new chief financial officer

GTPL Hathway , one of the major players in the Indian cable TV and broadband industry, has appointed Viren Thakkar as chief financial officer of the company. The appointment ,which will come into effect from 2nd July, was posted on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) website.

Cable TV People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/13/hathway.jpg?itok=j_Ps51Lv
Hathway plans to seed 2.5 lakh high definition set top boxes in FY19

Going along the lines of FY18, broadband and cable TV service provider Hathway Cable and Datacom is planning a Capex of Rs 310 crore in FY19. In addition to that, it plans to seed 2.5 lakh high definition (HD) set top boxes (STB) in FY19. The company had 2.16 lakh HD subscribers at the end of...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/05/gtpl.jpg?itok=f9kTo-vP
Jayanta Pani Resigns as CFO of GTPL Hathway

Jayanta Pani chief financial officer (CFO) of GTPL Hathway has decided to part ways with the company. Pani's last working day at GTPL, where he joined in November 2008, will be 30th June.

Cable TV People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/06/01/tv.jpg?itok=Ky_blUZ3
VITEC and ATX join hands for distribution of IPTV content

VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, and ATX Networks, a technology leader of optical and media access platforms, has announced a strategic partnership to provide a fully secure architecture for distribution of IPTV content throughout the enterprise network...

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories