Cable TV

Cable ops still not recognised: Mumbai LMOs

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/cable_tv_images/2016/03/15/cable%20mso_0.jpg?itok=pO4vp6Mc

MUMBAI: Different perspectives were presented by top Sena leaders and prominent cable operators in the city during the meeting organised by CODA (Cable Operator and Distributor Association) held at Rang Sharda auditorium in Mumbai.

Some cable operators urged Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray to ensure that the fraternity gets industry status (read as finance) whereas others wanted him to protect them from future dangers such as DTH, HITS and broadband.

A consumer's viewpoint was offered by Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai who occupied the dais with Sena working president Uddhav Thackeray, Sena member of parliament Sanjay Nirupam, CODA president and Sena Vibhag Pramukh Anil Parab, amongst others.

In a hard hitting speech, Desai stated: "Cable operators and consumers are sailing in the same boat at present. Only Balasaheb Thackeray can ferry it to safety. We fail to understand why the government is doing dalaali (acting as a middleman)? If the Raja (king - in this case government) acts like a vyapaari (businessman), then the praja (citizens) will be bhikari (beggars)? The government shouldn't try to make the grahaks (consumers) girakh (customers)!"

Sena worker and cable operator Pradeep Chitre (from Chembur, a central suburb in Mumbai) in his speech said: "The cable operators were like the fabled rabbit who created chaos because he felt that the sky would fall on his head. Balasaheb has saved us from calamities - current (CAS) and forthcoming ones (DTH, HITS, broadband). He has decided to back 600 cable operators as well as the 600,000 cable consumers."

In an emotionally charged speech, Chitre said: "I remember the time when we started our business by buying a decoder and dish for Rs 30,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively. We ran from door to door trying to accumulate this money. Even now, our status hasn't changed and we still don't get loans."

Refuting allegations that cable operators act like rowdies, Chitre said: " I started collecting Rs 50 per month from cable consumers and even today I charge anything between Rs 125 and Rs 150. Like other cable operators, I still never have 100 per cent collections - if I collect 60-70 per cent of the monies from consumers who think of new excuses to evade my collection boys - I can be happy. We always make concessions for those consumers who have genuine problems. We still have emotional ties with our consumers.Get me one cable operator who has misbehaved or stolen things from the consumer's household and we shall take him to task."

While speaking to indiantelevision.com, Sonali Cable proprietor and CODA committee member Suvarn Amonkar said: "The presence of Uddhav Thackeray on the dais along with senior Sena functionaries will send the right signal to Delhi and the I&B ministry officials that they cannot take us for granted. CAS is off in Mumbai till Balasaheb gives his consent. We shall work with Anil Parab to sort out the deficiencies in the present system." He was seconded by distributor Ganesh Hedge who had a large grin on his face at the end of the marathon meeting.

Another cable operator from Prabhadevi (in central Mumbai) on conditions of anonymity said: "Recently, the MSO representatives came to give us a tutorial on set top boxes, CAS billings so on and so forth. We showed them the door! After today, we won't even allow them to enter our premises if they want to talk about CAS."

The backslapping, cheering, congratulating and happy faces at the end of the session at Bandra's Rang Sharda auditorium was testimony to one thing - united we stand (with the Sena behind us); divided we fall.

It looks as if the last mile operators have got a shot in their collective arm with the Sena's open backing.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/17/caletvheaend12.jpg?itok=i9dREprN
Government to once again make MHA clearance compulsory for MSOs?

Every multisystem operator (MSO) which is licensed with the ministry of information & broadcasting (MIB), will now have to also seek the ministry of home affairs' s (MHA's) ecurity clearance. A notification to this effect is being planned and passed by the Narendra Modi government.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/07/court.jpg?itok=VGZT1e9Z
MSOs move Madras HC seeking relief on inter-connect pacts

MUMBAI: The All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) had filed a petition in the Madras High Court few days back pleading a directive to broadcasters to maintain a status quo on renegotiating agreements between TV channels and MSOs till a final judicial call was taken on TRAI’s new tariff regime...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/04/rajesh_0.jpg?itok=MdmBXAkK
Siti bullish on broadband: Rajesh Sethi

Mumbai: Despite uncertainty in many quarters, these are interesting times for people following the multi-system operator (MSO) industry. Recently, Siti Networks Ltd (Siti) released its Q2 and H1 results for 2017-18, reigniting the hope for growth in the industry. Announcing growth in operating...

Cable TV People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/30/louis.jpg?itok=BK_0OU5t
Louis Boswell appointed CASBAA CEO

CASBAA Association has appointed Louis Boswell, senior media and digital business leader in Asia, as the chief executive officer (CEO). Boswell will begin his tenure on 1 January 2018, succeeding outgoing CEO Christopher Slaughter.

Cable TV People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/28/Bibhu%20Prasad%20Rath.jpg?itok=ibHBXDgS
Multiple challenges weaken Ortel numbers in second quarter

Hit by multiple challenges, Indian regional multi-system operator (MSO) reported lower numbers and posted a net loss – the second one this fiscal- for the quarter ended 30 September 2017 (Q2-18, quarter under review). The company expects stabilization of business to happen one year down the line...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/20/comcast.jpg?itok=83-etJml
Now, Comcast in talks to buy 21st Century Fox

According to several reports, 21st Century Fox is on the block and Philadelphia-based cable TV conglomerate Comcast is interested. Comcast has approached Fox about acquiring most of the company. Reportedly, Verizon, the biggest wireless carrier in the US, has also thrown its hat into the ring....

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/13/casbaa.jpg?itok=INiAN1Jy
CASBAA elects new board directors

The Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) has announced the election of several new directors to its board, and the return of a number of long-serving directors.

Cable TV People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/13/cable%20800x800.jpg?itok=2G-o8INC
Workshop to train manpower in cable TV distribution

NEW DELHI: A workshop is being held on 27 November to deliberate on the importance of skilling, certification and accreditation of the manpower deployed in cable TV distribution.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/11/10/Den-Networks_SN-Sharma.jpg?itok=xOHtVNMk
Higher subscription & activation lead Den's turnaround in Q2

BENGALURU: Indian multi system operator (MSO) Den Network (Den) reported growth in operating revenue, operating profit (EBIDTA) and profit after tax (PAT) for the quarter ended 30 September 2017 (Q2-18, current quarter) as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter. In Q2-17 (the corresponding...

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories