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INCableNet disputes Zee charge of large outstandings

MUMBAI: Responding to yesterday's disconnection by the Zee Turner alliance, Hinduja Group MSO INCableNet has disputed the reasons given for the switch-off. Zee had cited large outstandings of over three months as the reason for disconnection but INCableNet claims "the amounts are well within the normal credit limits given to us."

According to an INCableNet release, Zee Turner CEO Sunil Khanna postponed a meeting late last night to finalise CAS agreements, subsequent to which Zee started disconnecting channels one-by-one, beginning with Alpha Marathi and Alpha Gujarati. Thereafter all the bouquet channels were disconnected "without any dialogue".

As was the case when it was switched off by the SET-Discovery One Alliance, INCableNet has cited the imminent rollout of CAS as its reason for not signing on to any new agreements. INCableNet asserts that the disconnections are part of a larger plan by broadcasters to derail CAS and force another round of arbitrary price hikes. The release claims that broadcasters have formed a cartel "to implement a forced price hike under the guise of non-payment and non-execution of new agreement."

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