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Hathway declares 4.4 mn subscribers for Star’s entertainment channels
MUMBAI: The entertainment channels of Star India have been taken by an estimated 4.4 million active subscribers on average for the period April to July on multi-system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable & Datacom’s platform, as per the subscriber report provided by the MSO to the broadcaster.
From 1 August, Star is to get paid monthly subscription fees for its entertainment as well as its sports channels at the rate of Rs 27 on a cost-per-subscriber (CPS) basis, as per the interim commercial arrangement prescribed by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
Star had filed an application with the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) whether the subscriber report provided by Hathway was for active subscribers to which the MSO the replied in the affirmative. Following Hathway’s clarification, the broadcaster withdrew its application.
“Hathway has provided us with the subscriber report based on which we will do the invoicing. They have declared that there were 4.4 million active subscribers on average for our entertainment channels,” said a Star India official, adding that the application was filed only to seek clarification from the MSO.
A Hathway official wondered why the broadcaster had filed the application in the first place when the subscriber report was given exactly in the format that it had asked for.
“We have submitted the subscriber report for April to June period. We have also submitted the report for the month of July,” the official disclosed.
The tribunal had on 28 July passed an interim order under which Hathway had to pay at the monthly rate of Rs 23 on a cost-per-subscriber basis for Star’s entertainment channels for digital addressable system (DAS) Phase I and II areas. For the sports channels for the aforesaid period, Hathway will have to pay Star on RIO terms as per an earlier order by the tribunal.
The tribunal had said that Star shall raise invoices on Hathway from 1 August for monthly subscription fees for both entertainment channels and the sports channels at the rate of Rs 27 on a CPS basis.
“In raising invoices, it will be open to Star to take into account each and every set-top box by means of which any Star channel is viewable. Hathway shall put any sports channels of Star in any of its bouquet as it may deem appropriate,” the tribunal had said in its interim order.
While clarifying that the above arrangements are in respect of the standard definition channels, the tribunal had also directed Star not to disconnect the supply of HD channels to Hathway until further orders.