Cable TV

SC reserves judgment in Star-Siti HITs case

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/06/08/Siti%20Cable_0.jpg?itok=CSMwTJ2g

NEW DELHI: The two-judge bench of Santosh Hegde and B P Singh today reserved a judgment on a special leave petition (SLP) filed by Star last Saturday with the Supreme Court, appealing against an order given by the MRTPC last week.

The MRTPC, petitioned by Siti Cable and ASC Enterprises, had said that till the next date of hearing on 10 September, Star, Sony and ESPN-Star Sports should continue making their signals available to the HITS platform promoted by ASC, which is part of media baron Subhash Chandra's empire.

After a marathon hearing that began before noon and lasted several hours, the judges Hegde and Singh, reserved their judgment, implying that they would write the order at a later date. Both the petitioners and the respondents expect an early direction from the apex court on the case.

However, the apex court did not give any interim relief to the petitioners, which was expected since Siti Cable-ASC Enterprise's HITS platform has already been soft-launched and is providing signals to some subscribers of Star and Sony.

Sony, which had refrained from appealing against the MRTPC order, also joined issues through an SLP yesterday that was clubbed with Star's and heard today. The decision was taken as Sony was already a respondent in the case filed by Siti Cable-ASC Enterprises with the MRTPC.

Former finance minister and lawyer P Chidambaram represented Star, while Sony's lawyer was Ashok Desai. Congress MP and lawyer Kapil Sibal represented Siti Cable-ASC Enterprises.

According to information available with indiantelevision.com, Star and Sony's argument revolved around the fact that the MRTPC observation on creation of a monopoly is not valid as they don't have any commercial agreement with ASC Enterprises.

Since no contractual agreement exists between ASC Enterprises and the broadcasting companies, the question of providing the channels' signals to the HITS project does not arise, the petitioners contended today at the hearing. Sibal argued that the Siti-ASC combine was executing what had been permitted by the government, and agreements existed between the channels and Siti Cable.

However, Chidambaram said, through HITS-based transmission Siti wanted to wipe out the control of the content provider over the subscriber base and was behaving as if it was the owner of the signals even when it had no agreement with Star for transmission through HITS.

Several references to CAS were also made during the hearing that lasted almost till 4 pm. It was argued that in the wake of CAS being deferred in Delhi and its future uncertain elsewhere, the HITS project has lost its relevance - a line of argument that was hotly contested by Sibal.

Sibal also contended that Star is promoting its cable company Hathaway in cable operations and therefore wanted to create a monopoly situation by denying Siti the signals of major channels. Star holds a 26 per cent stake in Hathway.

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