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Special Report

Reliance Jio Media puts cable TV launch on slow track

RJio Media has put its cable TV launch in Phase III towns of DAS on the back burner. Mukesh Ambani’s focus initially will be on 4G and broadband rollout. Changing the plan of entering MSO biz ahead of 31 Dec deadline, Jio in its first outing is looking at tying up with LCOs for broadband only.

Lukup gets MSO licence, plans to launch service by August-end

Lukup Media has received provisional MSO registration from the MIB and is readying to launch its service by August-end in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The OTT player has already signed contracts with about 100 cable ops and distributors in these four cities.

India Value Fund gets FIPB approval to acquire 100% of Atria’s broadband biz

PE firm India Value Fund Advisors has got the approval of the FIPB to acquire 100% of Atria’s broadband biz. IVFA owns 70% of Atria. The foreign investment is up to Rs 200 crore. The shareholding in the cable TV outfits will remain unchanged. Atria’s cable TV biz is run through three downstream subsidiaries.

How Reliance Jio plans to shake up the cable TV market

Reliance Jio Media’s first outing is likely to be in Phase III and IV DAS towns. After establishing market share, it will then eye the Phase I and II cities. If opportunities come in between, Reliance could explore them. TVP looks at how this is going to impact MSOs, LCOs, HITS and DTH operators.

Why has Sameer Manchanda appointed McKinsey’s Parameswaran as DEN CEO?

Being in McKinsey, Parameswaran was involved in streamlining the billing & collection process for MSOs in Delhi. But to run the 2nd largest cable TV organisation he will face tough challenges.

Time to increase cable ARPU in Patna

The consumer ARPU has remained low in Bihar. But in case it doesn’t increase now, the market will run into a difficult terrain.

TRAI member not in favour of extension of DAS deadline

TRAI member Dr Vijayalakshmy K Gupta is not in favour of the government’s decision to extend the deadline for DAS in Phase III and IV towns. She feels that the momentum would be lost to push digital STBs in the smaller towns. She also speaks about TRAI’s concerns on billing and packaging.

MSO-LCO power equation at an inflection point

The MSO-LCO power equation is at an inflection point. That seems to be truer now than a few months earlier, after Hathway Cable & Datacom switched off a whopping 200,000 set-top boxes in Bengaluru to make LCOs comply with the full submission of customer application forms. TVP examines the implications.

Of nonsensical bids and long-term business models

The entire game is driven by subscription growth numbers, writes Atul Pande. The model assumes 25–30% yoy growth of subscription rev for the biz, which means that in the next 5 years, sports viewing would cost 4 times as much as what the consumer is paying today. The impact it has on channel positioning, packaging and the a la carte structure is interesting and will require some serious shenanigans by the platforms to make it happen.