Cable TV

MSOs moot Re 1 a day rent scheme on STBs

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/08/08/Untitled-1_13.jpg?itok=dhjyYdvq

MUMBAI: The digital set-top box (STB) that will sit in consumer homes to receive pay channels will come cheap. Facing the threat of competition from direct-to-home (DTH) service providers, cable TV operators are preparing to enter the conditional access system (CAS) regime with an aggressive price plan.

Multi-system operator Hathway Cable & Datacom has decided to introduce a rental scheme on its STBs with a fee as low as Re 1 a day. Incablenet is likely to follow suit but will be finalising its pricing on Monday, sources say.

"We will be charging a rent of Re 1 per day on our boxes. Consumers will have to pay upfront Rs 999 as a refundable deposit," Hathway Cable & Datacom CEO K Jayaraman tells Indiantelevision.com. Currently, the boxes are available for purchase at Rs 3,000 with no rental schemes.

Even in Kolkata, Manthan Cable Network is considering a rental scheme of Rs 50 per month on an initial deposit of Rs 800-1,000. Competition can further drag down prices. "We are planning to charge a rent of Rs 50 per month on our STBs," says Manthan director Gurmeet Singh.

Cablecomm Services Pvt Ltd, another big operator in Kolkata, is also planning to structure its tariff plans for the CAS era.

Siticable, which is the only MSO that has operations in the three metros of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata where CAS is going to be initially launched, could not be contacted for its comments. Chennai is the other city where CAS is already in place, but has seen slow uptake in demand.

While broadcasters have expressed concern on the supply of boxes to seed the market at such short notice, cable networks have dismissed such fears as "being fictitious." A phase-wise rollout of CAS in the three metros and an existing stockpile of STBs will make the transition smooth, operators say.

"The industry has a stockpile of 800,000 boxes while estimates put the number of cable TV households in the notified areas of south Delhi and Mumbai for the first phase of rollout at over 600,000. Based on the demand, the boxes can be quickly replenished to keep the supply line flowing. It will take around one month to import the boxes," says Jayaraman.

Kolkata, where Hathway has no operations, has an estimated total of around 250,000 cable TV homes to be covered in the first zone CAS rollout. "We have a stock of 100,000 boxes and are offering 195 TV channels on our digital cable," says Indian Cable Net CEO Amit Nag. Last year, Siticable acquired Indian Cable Net from the RPG Group to become the dominant MSO in Kolkata.

Manthan, the largest operator in south Kolkata, has installed a digital headend and is in the process of putting its encryption system in place. "Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority has around 1.8 million cable TV homes. The logistic cycles will be worked out," says Singh.

Mumbai and Delhi together have around seven million cable homes. "With CAS, we expect to give healthy competition to DTH. The ground will also get more organised and volumes, as they pick up, will drive down the cost of boxes," says Atul Saraf, one of the founder-promoters of 7 Star.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/12/Cable-operators.jpg?itok=kCuuw2o3
Cable operators who worked with Arasu, Sumangali 'blocking' new digital players, plaint lodged

MUMBAI: A district collector in Tamil Nadu has reportedly received a complaint against a cable operators' group that had worked with Arasu Cable for not allowing new digital operators to enter the market.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/09/Anirudhsinh_Jadeja-Rajan_Gupta.jpg?itok=EDQol052
GTPL Hathway share up as FII / FPI limit raised to 49 pc

MUMBAI: The share price of GTPL Hathway, a leading regional multi-system operator (MSO) which offers cable television and broadband services, rose 2.60 per cent to Rs 132 at 11:05am on the BSE after the central bank of India -- RBI -- raised foreign investment limit to 49 per cent from 24 per cent...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/09/mib-800x800.jpg?itok=I1dnQ6IF
MIB tells MSOs: Report on cable ops and subs grievance redressal mechanism

NEW DELHI: All multi-system operators have been asked to send to the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) details of the grievance redressal mechanism drawn up by them to hear complaints of cable operators and subscribers.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/07/Satyanaryan_Jena.jpg?itok=T43x8-dJ
Ortel elevates Satyanaryan Jena as CFO as Manoj Kumar Patra resigns

MUMBAI: Ortel Communication has made an internal promotion as its chief financial officer Manoj Kumar Patra has resigned.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/06/bhibu.jpg?itok=zpw45G07
Lower carriage and internet subs fees pull down Ortel numbers in first quarter

A forty four percent year-on-year (y-o-y) decline in carriage fees and a thirty five percent y-o-y decline in internet subscription fees for the quarter ended 30 June 2017 (Q1-18, current quarter, first quarter of fiscal 2018) resulted in decline of some major numbers for Ortel Communications...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/04/TIME-WARNER-SPECTRUM.jpg?itok=laF3K9DX
Indian subsidiary of Broadsoft blamed in Time Warner Cable data breach (updated)

MUMBAI: Weeks after the 'Game of Thrones' episode leaks admitted by an Indian technology company -- a Star India partner, another data leak is being blamed on the India subsidiary of Broadsoft.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/04/gtpl.jpg?itok=fClLnuxo
GTPL Hathway pockets Rs 480-mn Gujarat govt contracts

MUMBAI: GTPL Broadband Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of GTPL Hathway Limited, has been awarded a work order by Gujarat Informatics Limited an estimated sum of Rs. 290 million for a five-year contract. The scope of the order is for providing Wi-Fi services on Service / Rental Module...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/04/rajesh11.jpg?itok=lCI2pneM
SITI Networks’ transformation begins with slashing of bloated workforce

MUMBAI: The breeze of change is being felt at the Essel Group-owned SITI Networks. Work is on to claw the 13-million subscriber base strong MSO – which has estimated accumulated losses of Rs 650-odd million - back to profitability. And, the Essel group chairman Subhash Chandra is relying on the...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/09/02/AARSSU_0.jpg?itok=1ocjsI9d
Delayed Arasu DAS starts, 7 mn subs to get 180 channels in Rs 125

NEW DELHI: The Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV)’s digital operations  (DAS) were launched on 1 September with the inauguration of upgraded MPEG 4 control room and distribution of free set-top boxes. Around seven million Arasu subscribers will now have access to 180 channels in digital...

Cable TV DAS

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories