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MSOs meet reaches dead-end on CAS

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NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: The much-hyped multi-system operators' (MSOs) meet in Delhi today failed to come up with concrete conclusions, though various issues arising out of postponement of conditional access were discussed.



According to the people who attended todays meeting, the prime concern of the cable industry is what would happen of the investment already made in setting up the infrastructure for CAS. Though seeking legal recourse against the deferment of rollout of addressability - an option suggested by a Mumbai-headquartered MSO - was discussed, but no final take was done.



This option needs to be studied further by lawyers before it is opted for, a senior executive of one of the MSOs told indiantelevision.com after the meeting. Another issue that was discussed revolved round the slow death of the cable industry if the broadcast and cable regulator and a certain section of the industry gave more prominence to alternate delivery mechanisms like DTH and broadband.



Representatives from Siti Cable, Hindujas-controlled INCablenet, Trinity (formerly Spectranet) and RPG attended todays meeting, amongst others. The MSOs are contending that with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) putting a freeze on the cable services price in CAS and non-CAS areas, apart from postponing implementation of CAS for three months, the cable fraternity is increasingly feeling the pressure from all sides.



Add to this, the games that broadcasters play, a representative of a MSO said, adding, As it is the broadcasters have again started asking for a hike in subscriber base and charging for new channels launched.

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