While this was the first major direct action by the cable fraternity
in the New Year, there have already been warnings issued from different
quarters that similar action is being contemplated.
Cable operators in Delhi are contemplating a joint action wherein
all TV channels will be blacked out for a day. "The blackout
will be a token strike for a day to force the government to act
in the interest of the general public. The date of the strike will
be announced shortly after consultations in the other metropolitans,"
Cable Operatorsí United Front president Virender Gaur was quoted
as saying by The Asian Age on Monday.
In Mumbai meanwhile, the Shiv Sena backed Cable Operators and Distributors
Association (CODA), which claims to speak for the last mile operators
in Mumbai, has vowed to resist any further hikes in pay channel
Winter may be upon us but expect temperatures to flare over the
next few days as pay channels negotiate the new subscription rates