Cable TV

×

J&K operators in a quandary, claim banned channels have GEC & all-religion content

MUMBAI: The Indian Government’s directive to the Jammu and Kashmir Government to stop the transmission of 34 television channels from Muslim countries including Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia has put the cable operators in a quandary. Several foreign channels went off air in most parts of the Valley on Sunday after the Indian government order.

Most of these channels broadcast programmes about sports, religion and lifestyle and none incites violence, Kashmir Cable Operators Association stated. The ban comes around a month after the state blocked social media web sites throughout the Valley.

The Indian government had asked the J&K administration to take stern action against private cable operators airing illegal Pakistani and Saudi Arabian channels. Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has reportedly directed the J&K government to submit a report at the earliest. www.indiantelevision.com could not speak to the director (BP& L) in the ministry on the concrete plan of action in spite of several attempts.

Operators reportedly broadcast around 34 channels illegally such as Peace TV, Ary QTV, Saudi Sunnah, Karbala, Saudi Quran, Al Arabia, Paigham, Hidayat, Sehar, Hadi TV, Sehar, Noor, Madani, Bethat, Ahlibat, Falak, Dawn News, Geo News, Ary News, TV One, ARY Masala, PTV Sports, A TV, Abb Tak News, 92 News, Duniya News, Waseb TV, Samaa News and Express News.

According to the operators, they could neither defy the ban order nor could they afford to stop telecasting channels which are highly popular among the masses in the Valley. Kashmir Cable Association stated that there were around 300 channels in the Valley which include 22 channels for the Sikh community, 15 for Hindu and 25 Islamic.

The Cable Operators Association stated that it has decided to defy the order as their business heavily depends on these channels. Asked about the consequence, it stated that they were prepared if the authorities seize their equipment and close down their business.

Channels such as ARY Musik telecasts Sufi music, ARY Zauq or Ham Masala are cooking channels from Pakistan while Saudi 1 airs live feed from Haram Sharif in Makkah 24x7 as does Karbala TV from the shrine of Imam Hussain, a TV viewer said.

An order issued by the principal secretary, home department, R K Goyal, to all the deputy magistrates (deputy commissioners) of the state said. "It needs being noted that transmission of non-permitted TV channels apart from attracting the violation (of the law), has the potential to encourage or incite violence and create law and order disturbances in the Kashmir Valley.”

Some cable operators alleged that the Delhi-based communal media, motivated by anti-Islam and anti-Pakistan politics of Hindutva, is behind the closure of Pakistani and religious channels in the territory. The operators said that they were showing all the religious channels belonging to every faith, which includes Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and others.

Meanwhile, prominent Islamic scholars on Monday expressed serious concern over the ban, saying the curbs on religious teachings would have repercussions. They said that channels such as Saudi Al-Quran and Saudi Sunnah only telecast Islamic teachings.

While Delhi has banned the channels, operators in Kashmir cite the Ranbir Penal Code, a separate law in Kashmir, according to which the ban is not applicable.

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/13/hinduja_0.jpg?itok=bUQJC8wx
Hinduja Ventures Ltd announces reorganisation of its media & communications business

MUMBAI: The Board of Directors of Hinduja Ventures Limited ("HVL") at its meeting held today have accorded In-Principle  approval  for reorganization of Media and  Communications  undertaking of Induslnd Media & Communications Limited ("IMCL"), into HVL subject to all statutory/ regulatory...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/09/tc.jpg?itok=N_npu6wk
Tamil Nadu CM drops minister from cabinet due to cable TV tariff spat

While Tamil Nadu’s state-run cable operator Arasu Cable revised down its subscription rates recently, the move has led to a political crisis in the state. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has dropped former IT minister Dr Manikandan from his cabinet.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/06/gtpl_0.jpg?itok=KbsdMxd-
GTPL Hathway acquires SCOD18 Networking to expand footprint in Maharashtra

MUMBAI: Cable TV and broadband service provider GTPL Hathway has acquired 100 per cent shares of SCOD18 Networking Pvt Ltd on Monday. The company informed the exchanges about the acquisition in a filing on Tuesday. While the company has a strong presence in Gujarat, the acquisition has been done...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/02/cable.jpg?itok=7zddv7Td
Arasu Cable revises subscription rates

Tamil Nadu’s state-run cable operator Arasu Cable has revised down its subscription rates, with effect from 10 August. Under the new subscription rate, package of 190 channels will be available for Rs 154.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/16/hathway.jpg?itok=wOKcyHcx
Cable TV subscription drives Hathway revenue growth in Q1 FY 2020

BENAGLURU: Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd (Hathway) reported 38 percent growth in subscription revenue from its cable TV business (CATV) for the quarter ended 30 June 2019 (Q1 2020, quarter or period under review) as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter (y-o-y) Q1 2019. CATV subscription...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/12/gtpl.jpg?itok=eEN4V-E3
GTPL cable TV business pushes revenue, profits up in Q1 2020

GTPL Hathway Ltd (GTPL) reported 31.9 percent growth in revenue for the quarter ended 30 June 2019 (Q1-2020, quarter or period under review) and almost three times the operating profit for its cable TV business (CATV business) as compared to the corresponding year ago quarter Q1 2019.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/12/Arasu-TV.jpg?itok=OpLXeqkI
Arasu Cable plans to launch an OTT service

Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV), the State-owned MSO of Tamil Nadu, is soon jumping on the OTT bandwagon. In addition to it, the MSO will also be providing IPTV services and internet connectivity to rural and urban households. The information was shared by the state minister for...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/12/gtpl_0.jpg?itok=Y2h10i8o
GTPL Hathway consolidated Q1 FY20 PAT at Rs 294 mn, up 121 per cent y-o-y

GTPL Hathway Ltd (GTPL), India’s leading digital cable TV and broadband service provider, today announced the financial results for the first quarter of financial year 2019–20, as approved by its board of directors.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/10/IMCL_0.jpg?itok=fUWYoaSe
IndusInd Media reports improved results for fiscal 2019, to be PAT positive in FY 2020

BENGALURU: Hinduja Ventures Ltd (HVL) reported higher revenue from operation and lower losses for its digital platform operator subsidy and media and entertainment segment IndusInd Media & Communications Ltd (IndusInd Media, IMCL) for the year ended 31 March 2019 (FY 2019, year under review) as...

Cable TV Multi System Operators

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories