Cable TV

Punjab govt. vows to break cable monopoly, rules out blocking MSO Fastway

NEW DELHI: Even though the Congress government in Punjab has made it clear it would not tolerate monopoly in information and news distribution via cable TV, the state government clarified no particular MSO company or TV channel would be targeted and action would be taken if found guilty of tax law violations.

MSO Fastway, which holds sway in Punjab resulting virtually in a monopoly, is allegedly owned and operated by close aides of former Punjab chief minister’s family --- the Badals. The decade-old MSO company also has sizable presence in neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Union territory of Chandigarh.

In an official statement, the present CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday ruled out any “censorship” (read blacklisting) of MSO Fastway and Punjabi-language TV channel PTC News or any other media organization. However, he made it clear that action would be taken against media companies if charges of tax violations are proved to be correct.

Reiterating his government’s stand of providing a level-playing field to TV channels and cable operators, and, thus, encouraging healthy competition, the chief minister ruled out “vendetta politics” against political opponents, but vowed to take action against media companies indulging in malpractices.

Earlier in April, a Punjab government official was quoted by local media outlets as saying the administration was committed to break any television or cable network monopoly in the state and that it proposes to undertake a study to explore legislating setting up of a Cable Network Authority for the purpose of implementing rules and regulations to be framed for broadcasters, MSOs and LCOs to operate in the State.

On Thursday, Singh welcomed all segments of broadcasting and media businesses to establish their presence in Punjab, reiterating that his government was committed to “ending the cable mafia”.

“Let them all come and compete for the viewers’ attention,” CM Singh said in the statement, adding that with wider choice, people would reject any channel found to be engaged in “biased dissemination of news or information”.

However, the CM warned that if any channel or network, be it PTC or Fastway, is found indulging in “illegal activities in defiance of the legal provisions”, they would be prosecuted.

Also Read:

Probe Punjab 'cable mafia,' demands minister, Fastway refutes charges

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/21/1.jpg?itok=PdzNX0xH
Important to have a product portfolio that can stand the next decade of digital growth: NxtDigital CEO

NxtDigital has upskilled 30-35 per cent of its workforce in digital technology, in addition to making a complete shift to the pre-paid model through enabling digital payment mechanisms, said MD and CEO Vynsley Fernandes as he talked about the company’s transformation from a cable company into a...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/20/img_20012022_125423_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=CGseA2Nk
Hathway Cable reports gross revenues of Rs 455 cr for Q3 FY22

Mumbai: Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd posted its third-quarter financial results for FY 2022. The company reported its gross revenue at Rs 455 crore an improvement of three per cent year-on-year. The company saw broadband revenue of Rs 154.9 crore and cable TV (CATV) revenue of Rs 300.1 crore. It...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/15/nxtdigital22.jpg?itok=e8u7N_MX
Nxtdigital board gives in-principle nod for digital, media biz to be acquired by Hinduja Global Solutions

Mumbai: Nxtdigital Board on Friday accorded in-principle approval for its digital and media businesses comprising broadband, HITS, digital cable television, content syndication & teleshopping to be acquired by Hinduja Global Solutions Limited (HGSL). The proposed acquisition is subject to all...

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/13/img_13012022_160210_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=RTyUF4B6
GTPL Hathway reports consolidated revenues of Rs 6130 million for Q3 FY22

Mumbai: GTPL Hathway has announced the financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended on 31 December 2021, as approved by its board of directors. The company’s consolidated Q3 FY22 revenue (incl EPC) stood at Rs 6130 million. Its consolidated 9M FY22 revenue (incl EPC) stood at Rs 18...

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2022/01/10/img_10012022_182116_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=JZjZhce9
GTPL Hathway announces partnership with Aprecomm

Mumbai: Cable TV distribution and broadband service provider GTPL Hathway Ltd on Monday announced the investment in innovative technology to remotely optimise its residential Wi-Fi connections through a partnership with Aprecomm.

Cable TV Multi System Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/12/31/img_31122021_151223_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=Iw-nP76I
Yogesh Sharma takes over as Siti Networks CEO

Mumbai: Siti Networks Ltd, an Essel Group company has appointed Yogesh Sharma as chief executive officer from 1 January. Sharma joined Siti Networks as vice president in 2018 and became the chief operating officer in 2019. He has been instrumental in introducing innovative ideas, implementing new...

Cable TV People
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/12/08/img_08122021_151124_800_x_800_pixel.jpg?itok=mzQuZR94
Do Smart TVs Have Security Risks?

The craze for Smart TVs at homes is through the roof. With the given benefits of watching different shows to browsing Internet on TV, smart TVs are probably on people’s appliances list to buy in the coming years.  

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/12/01/nxtdigital.jpg?itok=B-JiQCPM
Nxtdigital’s rights issue subscribed by 194 %, receives Rs 560.13 cr

Nxtdigital has announced that the company’s rights issue of equity shares of two shares for every five shares held in the company (aggregating a total of 96,20,463 shares) which closed on 29 November was subscribed 1.94 times.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2021/11/25/chrome.jpg?itok=haSG5jFS
Free Dish grows by 11 per cent across rural, urban households: Chrome DM

Mumbai: Chrome Data Analytics & Media has announced the results for its bi-annual subscriber establishment survey (SES) and released a November report based on a Pan India ground survey conducted between April to June, 2021.

Cable TV Local Cable Operators

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required