IndiaCast issues disconnection notice to Hathway Digital

MUMBAI: IndiaCast Media Distribution has issued disconnection notice to multi system operator (MSO) Hathway Digital.

The notice was issued early April due to non-payment of dues, non-submission of monthly subscriber reports, under-declaration of subscribers, failure to allow an audit of systems, and unauthorised retransmission of channels.

All the areas catered by Hathway are likely to be affected, the notice stated.

The agreement between the two parties ended on 31 March. However, Hathway is still carrying IndiaCast distributed channels as the two are still engaged in hectic negotiations.

If the talks between the two parties then the parties will have no option but to go for a reference interconnect offer (RIO) deal.

IndiaCast is the content monetisation arm of TV18 and Viacom18 network. It also distributes Eenadu Television channels.

IndiaCast has a bouquet of 51 channels including 9 high definition (HD) channels spanning across various genres including general entertainment, kids, news, music, infotainment, and movies in India.

Hathway Digital had seeded 7.2 million set top boxes (STBs), as on 31 December. The MSO’s total universe stood at 7.5 million. The company had 2 lakh HD customers.

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