Television

Pressure may build up within BJP on CAS

NEW DELHI: At the moment, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), heading India's coalition government, may not be highly worried, but pressure within the party is likely to build up on conditional access and its rollout once some feedback from the ground, especially Delhi, is received by the party's bigwigs and analysed.

Speaking to indiantelevision.com, the official spokesperson of the BJP and a Rajya Sabha (Upper House) member M A Naqvi said: "At the moment, there is no pressure within the party or a move to defer the implementation of CAS. The party is behind the government as far as decisions on CAS are concerned."

But Naqvi did admit that some senior party leaders, like the president of the party, have had discussions on CAS amongst themselves.

The Indian government has mandated that from 14 July all pay channels would have to be routed through set top boxes with people paying for the channels they wish to watch. The price of the basic tier of minimum 30 free to air channels has been fixed at Rs 72 per month (exclusive of taxes), which would work out to be slightly over $ 2 per month for consumers in Delhi.

Though Naqvi, a former minister of state for information and broadcasting, did not elaborate further on CAS, BJP sources said that Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai don't matter much. However, with elections scheduled in Delhi later this year, the government may not take a softer stand on CAS rollout.

The party sources went on to add that the government may pay some heed to various independent reports on CAS, including two done by non-Indian companies. It may also go in for phased implementation of CAS, starting off with Chennai or, may be, Chennai and Kolkata.

While Mumbai has the maximum number of cable consumers amongst the metros, Delhi does have over a million cable subscribers.

Elections in Delhi, along with those in few other States, are due this year only. Thus, with pressures and counter pressures at work, CAS is an issue that has the potential of meandering anywhere. After all, for politicians vote banks are more important than (good or bad) policies and this government is known for announcing policy decisions and then rolling them back under pressure from various quarters.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/16/tv18.jpg?itok=9obzztU8
TV18 profits continue in third quarter

TV18 Broadcast Ltd (TV18), the subsidiary of the Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani-controlled Network18 Media and Investments Ltd (Network 18), reported consolidated total income of Rs 103.6 million for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3-18) as compared with income of Rs 236.8 million for the...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/16/sameer.jpg?itok=FzSr16mH
Applause Entertainment to produce series on 2016 surgical strikes

MUMBAI: Applause Entertainment is making all the right moves.

Television Production House Non-Fiction
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/16/SonyLiv.jpg?itok=Jywzm6hT
Sony Six rakes in ad rev from BBL despite slow start

MUMBAI: The second most popular domestic T20 cricket tournament in the world after Indian Premier League (IPL) is Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). The Cricket Australia rights, which were with Star India from 2011-12 to 2016-17, have now been acquired by Sony Pictures Network (SPN) India for the...

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/16/gurjeev.jpg?itok=nTzETBBg
Star India gets aggressive with global programme syndication sales

MUMBAI: Leading Indian media and entertainment major Star India is quite confident that its new catalogue of historical dramas and contemporary soaps and series will gain traction as it continues with its international syndication drive.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/15/master-chef.jpg?itok=ds-D89hr
Season 8 of the drama-packed reality cooking series, MasterChef U.S. premieres on Star World

Viewers are in for a delectable treat as world renowned celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay returns to the small screen along with celebrated American chef and television personality Aaron Sanchez and chef, author and television personality Christina Tosi in the latest season of MasterChef U.S. that will...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/15/ipl.jpg?itok=rN4vcMFU
Star and BCCI pull out all stops to make the VIVO IPL 2018 Retention event - an unprecedented success

The VIVO IPL 2018 Retention event, broadcast for the first time in its 10-year history, had cricket lovers riveted across television sets and mobile devices and set social media abuzz with mentions and conversations that came close to rivalling those of full-fledged T20 India matches.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/15/sanjay.jpg?itok=I9EBXd-y
News Nation turns five

MUMBAI: Question Hour ,the flagship show of News Nation is turning 5 years old. Over last five years the show has covered various developments in political, social, international, sports and variety of other arenas. With the beginning of 2018 the show has undergone a major revamp. The change not...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/15/wgp.jpg?itok=cG9XM_jy
Dsport acquires exclusive India rights for Bellator MMA

Dsport has acquired the rights from Electus International to air the popular mixed martial arts franchise, Bellator MMA, in India starting January 2018.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/15/Kumkum-Bhagya.jpg?itok=O-J2kgKU
'Kumkum Bhagya' hits the 1000-episode milestone

MUMBAI: Ekta Kapoor shows Kumkum Bhagya and Kundali Bhagya have been working their magic for Zee TV since launch–the former since 2014. According to Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), both shows have been ruling the roost across general entertainment channels (GECs) urban and rural (U+R)...

Television TV Channels GECs

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories