Television

Govt losing grip on CAS rudder as cable ops on warpath, broadcasters defiant

NEW DELHI: Even as the cable fraternity is on the warpath, though for reasons of its own, the government appears to be out of its depth in its efforts (or the lack of it) to tackle the broadcasters with whom the honeymoon seems to be over.

On Tuesday, while a section of the cable operators threatened to continue in the present regime from 1 August (that is charge the current rate of cable subscription fee), if the government did not put in place a regulatory mechanism to rein in broadcasters, another section threatened a blackout unless the basic tier price is raised to Rs 180 per month per household.

As the cable ops and distributors of cable service were holding separate press conferences in the capital here and hurling threats, at another venue a senior government official admitted, "The government is open to have a fresh look at anything and any proposal."

Today's admission comes at a time when the government is feeling the heat from various quarters on the implementation of CAS in the metros, area-wise or otherwise. Even today former Delhi chief minister Madan Lal Khurana said CAS couldn't and should not be implemented in Delhi before the elections slated to be held later that year. Khurana has also petitioned the Prime Minister to exclude Delhi from the CAS rollout list.

Pointing out that even today, the deadline agreed upon for submission of individual rates for channels, the broadcasters did not submit any rates to the government, the official said, "What was normally agreed upon, should be stuck to."

The official further added that the government has no intimation on whether the cable operators would supply the cable service at Rs 72 from 1 August till CAS is finally rolled out across all the metros by 1 December.

"We are waiting to hear from the cable operators and broadcasters (on the price of Rs 72 during the transition period). The broadcasters certainly haven't confirmed and the cable operators are saying different things depending which side they are on."

The official ruled out promulgation of an Ordinance at the moment, barely a week away from the date when Parliament reconvenes, to rein in broadcasters and limit advertising on pay channels.

Interestingly, the government is keeping a watch over the cable fraternity and today sent an official to monitor the proceedings incognito at one of the cable operators' congregation, while an information and broadcasting ministry official met up with the MSOs.

CABLE OPS THREATEN DISRUPTION

In what could be called a show of strength, the Cable Operators United Front (COUF) today collected over 500 operators from various parts of North India in the Capital to criticise the government-broadcasters nexus.

According to Virendra Gaur of the COUF, the government has to review the price of the basic tier of free to air (FTA) channels as an ordinary cable operator would not be able to provide the service at Rs. 72 (exclusive of taxes) per month per household.

COUF has demanded that the FTA channels' price be revised upward to Rs 180 (slightly over $3) and threatened blackouts of cable service if their demands are not met.

Meanwhile, the Cable Operators Federation of India (COFI) and the National Cable Telecom Association (NCTA) told a press conference in the absence of a regulatory framework, they would not offer the Rs 72 `honeymoon' package for all channels, as agreed earlier.

The cable operators said that several issues needed to be addressed, including putting a cap on advertising on pay channels, asking broadcasters to come up with `reasonable' pay channel rates and ensuring that there was no blackout of any pay channels once the new regime is implemented.

NCTA president Vikki Chowdhry also alleged a nexus between the politicians and pay broadcasters, while COFI's Roop Sharma aid, "By not declaring any price the broadcasters are out to sabotage CAS."

Interestingly, the cable ops have to rely on the broadcasters to woo the media. COFI and NCTA's invite said that FTA broadcasters like G Krishnan of TV Today Network would also be present as also politician Amar Singh. Neither of them turned up, of course.

HINDUJA CLAIM ON STBs

The Hinduja-owned HTMT today said that it has imported 50,000 set-top boxes (STBs) and from August would have access to indigenously manufactured boxes.

HTMT's VC Khare told journalists that the company has entered into a contract with Celtron that has a manufacturing facility in Mumbai.

"From August our target would be to have 5,000 indigenously made boxes daily," Khare said.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/19/cc.jpg?itok=vyxpkA3V
Comedy Central sets pace for ultimate celebration with over 100 hours of non-stop FRIENDS ultra marathon for its 6th birthday

Birthdays and New Years are great occasions to make resolutions for participating in marathons. However, this is one marathon which calls for hanging up your running shoes and grabbing the best spot in front of the telly with a bowl of munchies to keep you going because, for the first time ever in...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/19/usports.jpg?itok=kTmil1B-
U Sports launches India's first ever Multi-Platform Multi-Game E-Sports Championship - U Cypher with MTV

The Indian E-Sports scenario is all set for a major revamp as U Sports, one of India’s biggest sports business companies in association with India’s No. 1 Youth Brand, MTV, announces the premiere of their all new month-long championship, U Cypher with MTV. Premiering today, on 19th January, the...

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/19/dth.jpg?itok=SKeBAh70
TV ownership increased by 14% in 2017: IRS

After a gap of four years, the Indian Readership Survey (IRS), which documents the growth of the media industry, has been released for 2017. The survey methodology was criticised in 2014 and, therefore, was halted for an upgrade. This time, the sample size has been increased by 34 per cent to 3.2...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/19/challenge.jpg?itok=evdSw-BZ
CNN-News18 launches 'If I Were FM Challenge'

As part of its Budget programming, CNN-News18 is launching the ‘If I were FM Challenge’. The campaign will encourage viewers to contribute their suggestions for the Union Budget. The channel will run an extensive on-air campaign to promote the same.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/19/BBC.jpg?itok=JOGTF9zH
BBC World News to Broadcast 'China's Chat Girls'

Lele Tao is an internet superstar in China’s $3 billion dollar ‘live streaming’ industry. With more than a million fans she can earn thousands of dollars a day singing, dancing, flirting, or often just chatting into her webcam. Fans buy her virtual gifts which she redeems for cash. In return she...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/19/anupam.jpg?itok=fMDsUqO6
PKL season 6 and 7 dates announced

The second most watched domestic league in India, Vivo Pro Kabaddi League owned by Mashal Sports and Star India announced the dates of sixth and seventh season.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/18/star-bharat.jpg?itok=kT6YtkU0
Star Bharat leads Hindi GEC (U+R) in week 2 of BARC ratings

MUMBAI: Star Bharat emerged as the leader in the Hindi GEC (U+R) genre dethroning Zee Anmol according to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) all India data for week 2 of 2018.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/18/aaj-tak-barc.jpg?itok=4sc6BHYP
BARC week 2: Aaj Tak leads Hindi News in all three markets

MUMBAI: Republic TV continues its leading streak in the second week of the year as well in BARC All India ratings. News Nation stays in the top five chart in week 2 of 2018 in Hindi News Rural market. Aaj Tak tops the chart again in Hindi News Urban market.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/18/karan-bajaj.jpg?itok=jxlg_oWY
Dsport acquires India rights of tri-nation tournament in SL

Discovery’s sports channel Dsport has acquired the exclusive India broadcast rights of Nidahas Trophy 2018, a tri-nation international T20 tournament involving India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The transaction was facilitated by Lagardère Sports, the global marketing consultant of Sri Lanka Cricket...

Television TV Channels Sports

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories