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MSM Discovery channels go dark on IMCL across India

MUMBAI: MSM Discovery, which owns and operates the TheOneAlliance bouquet, has switched off signals to IndusInd Media and Communications Ltd (IMCL) across India, in analogue as well as digital.

The content aggregator has blacked out signals for non-payment of dues as well as non-renewal of agreement in Phase I cities of digital addressable system (DAS).

Confirming the development, an MSM Discovery official said that the signals of all its 28 channels have been switched off since IMCL failed to clear the outstanding dues despite repeated reminders.

“We have switched off signals to IMCL for defaulting on payments. We will switch on the signals as soon as they clear outstanding dues and renew DAS Phase I agreement,” he stated.

IMCL MD and CEO Tony D’Silva could not be reached for comments till the filing of this report.

MSM Discovery had last month issued disconnection notices to IMCL in Phase I and II cities for non-payment of dues and non-renewal of agreement.

The multi-system operator (MSO) has been going through tough times after losing substantial ground in Phase I and II cities to other MSOs.

Despite facing difficulty in collecting money from the ground even in DAS cities, the MSO has been facing the broadcasters’ wrath for defaulting on payment.

Hinduja Ventures, the promoters of IMCL, recently said that it would infuse Rs 3 billion into the cable TV company to expand its digital base and improve the services offered to customers.

IMCL runs under In Digital brand in DAS and InCablenet brand in analogue cable. It has seeded over 2.2 million set-top boxes (STBs) in the first two phases of DAS.