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InCablenet settles with One Alliance; gets signal

Mumbai: More than a fortnight after it witnessed a gradual blackout by the leading pay channels - ESPN-Star Sports, Sony, Zee and Star - the Hinduja-run InCablenet witnessed the reswitching on of the signals of the One Alliance bouquet late on the night of 20 May.

Says a happy though tired executive vice president Hinduja TMT and director IndusInd Media Communications Ashok Mansukhani: "InCablenet and One Alliance have mutually resolved their pending issues...InCablenet is very happy to have One Alliance back on its network."

SET-Discovery India president Shantonu Aditya had highlighted the issues that had forced it to switch off InCablenet on 29 April. He had said: "There are two reasons - non-settlement of the outstanding dues of Rs 20 million for the month of March and non-renewal of the agreement contract which expired on 31 March 2003. Actually, we have been giving them signals in good faith for an entire month in the absence of a proper contract." 

If as understood from Mansukhani's statement, then it's apparent that InCablenet has made good the Rs 20 million dues and agreed to the renewal of the expired contract. Aditya was not available for comment at the time of writing. 

InCablenet had reportedly yet to resolve its issues with the other pay channels such as ESPN Star Sports, Star Plus and Zee TV. And the network continued to be without the official encrypted feed of these channels. While some InCablenet subscriber homes were reportedly carrying unidentified feeds for these channels, others were carrying a feed with W

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