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Taj Television claims Rs 1.1 bn in outstanding dues from Hathway
MUMBAI: Taj Television has claimed Rs 110 crore (Rs 1.1 billion) in outstanding dues from Hathway Cable & Datacom for the period from April to July in Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
The deal for DAS Phases I and II between Taj Television and Hathway had ended in March. As an interim arrangement, the TDSAT had asked Hathway to clear Taj Television’s outstanding dues at the rate of Rs 21.60 per subscriber for the April–July period, subject to adjustments at a later stage.
Now that the matter is up for final hearing, Hathway has asked how much it is supposed to pay Taj and on what basis. The Taj Television counsel mentioned that Hathway has to pay Rs 110 crore (Rs 1.1 billion) which includes Rs 95 crore (Rs 950 million) for Zee channels and Rs 15 crore (Rs 150 million) for Turner channels based on RIO rates.
However, Hathway counsel argued that it cannot be made to pay outstanding amount based on RIO rates. It said that the outstanding amount must be paid on the basis of the expired agreement. The MSO also stated that it contributed 11 per cent to ZEEL’s subscription revenues on a standalone basis excluding its joint ventures.
When the counsel for Taj Television stated that the RIO agreement was signed within 90 days, his Hathway counterpart pointed out that the question of signing a RIO agreement in that time frame does not arise as Taj Television was announced as the official distribution company of Zee and Turner channels only in June following the split of MediaPro.
Hathway has concluded its initial arguments in the matter while Taj Television is expected to begin its argument tomorrow.