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Independent TV to re-launch as ITV 2.0 in August

The signals for the customers will be restored from 15 August

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MUMBAI: DTH operator Independent TV, whose signals were disconnected last month because of financial issues with Antrix, will be resuming services once again from the month of August. It will be re-launched as ITV 2.0 for channel partners from the first week of the coming month and the signals will be restored for customers from 15 August.

As addressed by Independent TV director and CEO Vivek Prakash in a letter, the service provider is making a comeback with a well-defined plan being led by its SSD. It includes training of ZD and SSD engineers to replace and repair STBs.

The STBs, which were returned to the sellers or are in stock with SSDs will be repaired and used to replace the ones at the customers’ house. The SSDs have been directed to complete this process by 31 October 2019.

It will further start selling new connections from the month of September.

The announcement comes a few days after TRAI questioned Independent TV over pending funds of consumers and directed it to ensure the compliance of various provisions of the new regulatory framework.

Independent TV had faced disconnection of its signals post a tussle with its service provider, Antrix Corporation, over non-payment of dues. While Antrix has encashed the bank guarantees worth Rs 15 crore under the matter, TDSAT had further directed Independent TV to either pay cash of Rs 5.83 crore with Rs 6 crore worth of bank guarantees to Antrix or furnish Rs 12 crore worth of bank guarantees to the service provider to resume the connection.

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