Cable TV

Tamil Nadu cable TV industry incurs Rs 25 crore loss due to floods

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/cable_tv_images/2015/12/23/Untitled-3-2.jpg?itok=yn-lvPRc

MUMBAI: ’Twas Mother Nature’s fury at full throttle when the state of Tamil Nadu was flooded by the heaviest rainfall it has been privy to in the last century. Many lives were lost even as over three lakh people became homeless.

While the southern state is slowly inching back to normalcy from the unprecedented rains and floods, which engulfed whatever came in its way, the natural disaster had a massive impact on the media and entertainment industry as well. The entire cable TV ecosystem was brutally affected by the calamity. It may be recalled that for the last couple of weeks, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India hasn’t received television ratings data from the region too.

In the light of this disaster, a senior cable federation member from Chennai estimates the overall loss suffered by the cable industry to be close to Rs 25 crore. “We have done an on-ground survey and after a thorough analysis, we came to the estimate. Local cable operators (LCOs) will have to bear the majority of the loss as most of the fibre amplifier devices, which were damaged belong to them,” he adds.

While industry body ASSOCHAM estimated the overall financial loss from the torrential rains and floods in Tamil Nadu to be in excess of Rs 15,000 crore, the Rs 25 crore loss to the cable industry may even be a conservative one. The on-ground reality indeed paints a grim picture.

“Thousands of fibre amplifiers got affected. The LCOs are trying their level best to restore services but the damage is so massive that it will take at least a week or 10 days more to get things back on track,” added a senior official from the cable fraternity.

A fibre amplifier, which is located in the operating room of cable operators, costs around Rs 3500 and a large number of them were totally destroyed as they immersed in the flood water. Fortunately, no instance of head-end damaged could be traced.

An independent multi system operator (MSO), who was also affected by the natural calamity, said, “The head-ends are generally placed at a good height and hence they got saved. But my transmitter is totally damaged. The flood has damaged cable operations brutally, and to restore services it will take me more than 15 days at least.”

“The transmitter costs Rs 50,000 and I have to invest in a new one,” he adds.

The other equipment that was damaged in the flood and needs serious investment is Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA), which is an optical repeater device used to boost the intensity of optical signals being carried through a fiber optic communications system. “I need to invest Rs 1.5 lakh in my EDFA and there are many other such operators who will have to change their EDFA,” said an LCO.

While some equipments may be under warranty, it is unlikely that the warranty applies in the case of natural disasters. A looming question is also that of insurance. All said and done, many LCOs and MSOs affected severely by the flood will have to bend over backwards in order to get their system back on.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/01/14/den.jpg?itok=fLv-q-bm
Den Networks posts strong profit in Q3’21

NEW DELHI: Den Networks has reported total revenue of Rs 342 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2020, up eight per cent on a year-on-year basis. During the same quarter last year, it clocked Rs 318 crore in revenue. Net profit rose 238.69 per cent to Rs 65.57 crore, as against Rs 19.36 crore...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/01/14/gtpl.jpg?itok=5lw-ph2o
GTPL Hathway posts Rs 553 crore consolidated revenue for Q3

Cable TV and broadband service provider GTPL Hathway reported its net profit rose 36.81 per cent to Rs 45.23 crore in the quarter ended 31 December 2020, as against Rs 33.06 crore for the same quarter in December 2019.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/17/all.jpg?itok=qVE-Bc_q
What will it take to make Indian CAS acceptable to MSOs?

Despite the overwhelming importance of Conditional Access System (CAS) in the overall content distribution network, there have been few discussions on CAS.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/15/cabel-tv.jpg?itok=AlMmqAas
Indian broadcasting & cable TV market to surpass $19 billion by 2026, says report

2020 was packed with unforeseen highs and lows for the Indian broadcasting and cable TV sector. From record viewership, to plummeting ad revenues, to the NTO 2.0 wrangle, the industry is still in a rather precarious position.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/02/vynsley-fernandes.jpg?itok=kwgV3BS8
‘Foes to friends’: NXTDigital ramps up focus on collaboration & infra sharing

With the evolution of the media and entertainment industry, the boundary between friends and foes is fading away. The future is not about competition, but collaboration for long term sustainability, NXTDigital media group CEO Vynsley Fernandes believes.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/12/01/cats-1399.jpg?itok=aYClMlpx
LCOs fire back at TRAI for 'conduits' remark before Bombay HC

Local Cable Operators (LCOs) appear to be agitated with industry regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for portraying them as ‘conduits’ between the multi-system operators (MSOs) and subscribers.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/13/nxt.jpg?itok=cbEL0jfh
NXTDigital posts strong Q2 results

NEW DELHI: NXTDigital has posted a year-on-year EBITDA growth of 15.8 per cent at Rs 50.7 crores for the second quarter, an improvement of 2.7 per cent over the previous quarter.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/11/03/siti.jpg?itok=uunsmXwZ
Zeel provisions for outstanding Siti Networks dues

The outstandings of Siti Networks and Dish TV has been one of the major concerns for Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (Zeel). While the DTH platform Dish TV is making payments on the line of the revised plan for recovering dues, Siti Networks has failed to play old subscription overdues.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/10/29/airtel.jpg?itok=7vFpb2bM
Airtel has perfected the LCO model for home broadband, says Gopal Vittal

Bharti Airtel (Airtel) is going head-to-head with archrival Jio in the home broadband segment by putting pedal to the metal on its expansion plans. While the company has seen record subscriber addition in September, it will keep focusing on LCO partnership model.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required