Cable TV

Final phase STB seeding is 35% even as deadline nears

NEW DELHI: Even as the country has set a deadline of 31 March this year for full digitisation of cable TV, a Parliamentary Committee has been told that only 35 per cent seeding of set-top boxes (P-IV) has been achieved in rural India though the Parliament was told last week that 66.79 per cent (P III & IV) seeding had been achieved in the last two phases minus Tamil Nadu.

Admitting that digitisation in the first phase is total minus Chennai, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology which also examines issues relating to the information and broadcasting ministry has been told that digitisation has also not been done in one city – Coimbatore – of Phase II in view of court cases though the other 37 cities having more than one million population and spanning 14 states and one union territory had been covered.

The committee recommended that the I and B Ministry follow up the issue of financial and technical viability in rural and remote areas, promote and increase share of iCAS (Indian Conditional Access System) to leverage 'Make in India' programme, popularise Doordarshan Free Dish in small town/cities/rural and remote areas, address the legitimate concerns of domestic STB producers and rigorously pursue interoperability of STB with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

The committee therefore expressed the hope that the I and B Ministry will be able to meet the targets of cable TV digitisation as almost all the pending cases have now been dismissed and there is no stay in any case except in case of Chennai and Coimbatore.

Cable TV Digitisation in Phase III and Phase IV areas was to be achieved by 31 December 2015 and 31 December 2016 respectively, now extended to 31 January 2017 and 31 March 2017.

Interoperability: TRAI working with IIT Bombay

It was told that technical interoperability, as envisaged in the existing Direct to Home Guidelines has so far not proved to be effective due to various techno-commercial issues. The TRAI has decided to collaborate on the issue of technical interoperability with the Department of Electrical Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B).

To ensure commercial interoperability TRAI has notified tariff orders and this has been challenged by a couple of DTH operators in the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Tribunal and the matter is sub judice.

The Committee was given to understand that after the roll out of iCAS in January 2016, about 10 million STBs have been installed by multi-system operators out of which about 300,000 are with iCAS, which gives a market share of about 3%.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/14/tt.jpg?itok=0RbWQvQ0
TRAI’s Arvind Kumar prescribes broadband medicine for MSOs & LCOs

Digital is it. Across the country, and age groups, Indians are getting online, and consuming more high speed broadband data than ever before, whether it is for entertainment, education, commerce or banking.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/13/arnab800x800.jpg?itok=q6_TWq17
Arnab Goswami on counteroffensive after Sena ban threat; implores viewers

Mumbai: Arnab Goswami is fighting back. Like he probably has never done before. Yesterday, he reached out Republic TV and Republic Bharat viewers imploring them to not allow the Shv Cable Sena’s order to cable TV operators to stop  carrying both the channels on their networks.

Cable TV People
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/12/r.jpg?itok=sPLITby8
Shiv Cable Sena asks cable operators to ban Republic channels in Maharashtra

Amid rising political tension in Maharashtra,  the Shiv Cable Sena, an affiliate to Shiv Sena, has asked the cable TV operators to ban Republic Media Network in the state. 

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/08/nxt.jpg?itok=Ptny8Dvj
NXTDIGITAL’s revenue grows by 3.4% to Rs.234.82 crore in Q1

KOLKATA: NXTDIGITAL announced its results for the first quarter of the current financial year – a quarter that was significantly impacted by the Covid2019 pandemic. Against this challenging backdrop, the company continued its growth story, with revenues for Q1 standing at Rs. 234.82 crores.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/03/meghbela_broadband.jpg?itok=ElSDj5iE
Meghbela Broadband partners with MyBox to bring Android TV experience

KOLKATA: Meghbela Broadband, one of eastern India’s largest multi system operators (MSOs) and internet service providers (ISPs), has launched Android TV services to its customers through MyBox Android TV box. Customers with six-twelve months commitment plans will get an offer on Android Box. The...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/09/03/trai-story.jpg?itok=XWhK54bO
MCOF raises questions on Hathway, Den pushing existing STBs under Jio brand

Maharashtra Cable Operators’ Foundation (MCOF) has flagged off several unethical practices in the television distribution segment. In a letter written to the Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI), it has alleged that some multi system operators (MSOs) are violating rules and taking the...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/08/20/nxt.jpg?itok=z25kFJ_P
NXTDIGITAL reaches out to new consumers

KOLKATA: As the country gears up to welcome Lord Ganesha, NXTDIGITAL, the media arm of the Hinduja Group, has launched a consumer connect program – ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ to spread the message of joy and safety amidst the global pandemic. 

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/08/14/cable.jpg?itok=StlSffMZ
MSOs see recovery in subscription collection post lockdown

At the beginning of the Covid2019 crisis, distribution platform operators (DPOs) witnessed a sharp drop in collections from subscribers. After months of lockdown and controlled movements, major multi-system operators (MSOs) are seeing stability in their collections from June end.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/08/12/trai-story.jpg?itok=SG5YXtOw
NTO 2.0: DPOs express discontent over partial implementation of regulation

With constant changes in regulations, the pay-TV sector in India continues to face uncertainty. Major broadcasters have come together to fight the implementation of the amended new tariff order (NTO 2.0) as directed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required