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MIB has written to the state government of Telangana to take action against cable TV operators who are still carrying analogue signals.
NBA president Ashish Bagga attributed the drop in Republic TV’s viewership to the discontinuation of multiple LCN usage following TRAI’s action. “This drop in rating brings Republic TV closer to realistic levels of weekly reach of general English news channels, which is an average of 0.6 to 0.8 million,” he stated.
Following the slugfest between English news channels on one side and Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV on the other over the issue of dual LCNs, TRAI has warned MSOs that it would take action if the regulation on this was violated. It has noted that several MSOs are placing some channels at more than one LCN under multiple genres simultaneously.
MIB provides check list for inspection of MSOs to ascertain whether they are following DAS norms; action to be taken against defaulters.
A written communication has been sent by the entertainment tax department to MSOs asking them to submit details of their LCOs and cable connections at the earliest.
DTH industry will add fewer subscribers this fiscal than the preceding year due to demonetisation and the absence of the Twenty20 WC. The six private DTH ops are expected to end FY17 with an addition of 9.5 mn gross subscribers as against 11.3 mn a year ago.
Even as the deadline for implementation of DAS in Phase III areas has crossed, analogue cable TV signals are still being run in pockets of Hyderabad. LCOs want MSOs to give them some more time. They have also blamed it on the shortage of supply of STBs on part of some MSOs.
Madras HC dismisses IBF’s plea to implead in TRAI’s draft tariff order case; it will consider AIDCF’s impleadment plea in next hearing on 22 Feb.
Madras High Court continued hearing the all-important TRAI’s draft tariff order and interconnection regulation case, with both the IBF and the AIDCF arguing to be impleaded as parties. The matter will come up for further hearing on 22 Feb.