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IndiaCast UTV had conducted two audits of the MSO’s headend in which it was found to be non-compliant with the statutory norms.
This is perhaps the first time that a broadcaster has switched off its channels to DEN Networks in UP, a state where the MSO is a dominant player. DEN’s presence in the state is through JVs.
The notice dated 19 August has been issued due to non-signing of agreement, non-payment of outstanding dues and failure to furnish subscriber reports. An IndiaCast official said that IMCL started demanding unreasonable carriage fee for it to commit to the broadcaster’s subscription fee demand.
TDSAT has directed Manthan to pay Rs 8 mn to IndiaCast UTV by 30 May and the balance of Rs 15 mn in two equal instalments—one payable on 20 June and the other on 15 July. Making the interim arrangement, the tribunal also directed IndiaCast UTV not to give effect to its switch-off notice.
The tug-of-war between Dish TV and IndiaCast UTV is getting fiercer. In the latest move, Dish TV has issued disconnection notice to 10 IndiaCast UTV channels, including CNBC-TV18 and IBN7 and some ETV regional channels.
TRAI has narrowed the role of the content aggregators through its new regulation, prompting MSOs and DTH service providers to instinctively feel that they can no longer be ‘bullied’ by Media Pro, MSM Discovery or IndiaCast UTV. TVP looks at the salient features of the regulation and examines the impact.
TRAI will come out with regulations for content aggregators this week, Rahul Khullar tells TelevisionPost.com. “There has to be a rebalancing of powers and responsibilities,” he says. Bashing the Competition Commission of India’s recent statement, Khullar asserts that the CCI should come ex post, not ex ante.
IndiaCast UTV has issued disconnection notice to Tamil Nadu government-owned MSO Arasu Cable for non-payment of dues; the notice states that the signals of some or all the channels of IndiaCast UTV will be discontinued.
Dish TV will share with media agencies and advertisers the reach data of all the channels. TVP examines the impact.