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TRAI said it aims to launch a pilot project at the workshop with a view to developing a prototype of interoperable STBs and compatible smart cards.
The move is expected to ease working capital management of cable and DTH companies besides optimising their cash flows. GST on coaxial cables and optical fibres are also lowered to 18% from the proposed 28%.
TDSAT directs LCOs from Delhi and Lucknow to pay outstanding payments at Rs 125 per STB to DEN Networks.
Apple’s popular Apple TV devices have propelled the company into third-ranked position in 2015, based on revenue in the overall global STB market, from ninth place in 2014.
In a bullish quarter that saw DTH operators post record subscriber additions, Reliance Digital TV did not move the needle at all.
Distribution platform operators may have to compensate subscribers for dropping TV channels from the bouquet without notice or for disruption of services for more than 24 hours. TRAI has discussed the issue of compensation in its latest consultation paper on QoS.
Having seeded 1.15 mn STBs in the two states, MSOs are marginally ahead of DTH ops. DTH has deployed 1.01 mn STBs and HITS just 12,980 STBs.
MIB has already sent the papers that are to be filed in the Supreme Court to the Law Ministry. Once the Law Ministry sends the papers back to the MIB, the case will be filed in the apex court, Sunil Arora told TelevisionPost.com.
MIB claims 80% digitisation achieved in Phase III, some MSOs complain of STB shortage in task force meeting
MIB says that DTH ops have seeded 16 mn STBs while Freedish has another 4 mn STBs. The MSOs have seeded 7-8 million STBs.