J Jayalalithaa, chief of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on 08th April has released it manifesto for the upcoming general election. In its manifesto she has promised to allow the state government to provide cable TV service.
Although dark period is going on, in media & entertainment industry, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) and Hathway Cable & Datacom were busy collecting gains following the bulk deals recorded on their counters.
Asianet on 2nd April has announced that it has selected Cisco to deploy DOCSIS 3.0, a next-generation cable broadband network that is a key component of the Cisco® IP NGN architecture. This technology increases upstream and downstream speeds to Asianet broadband customers by offering speeds of up to 300 Mbps per subscriber. DOCSIS 3.0 will help Asianet to achieve ultra-high speeds and will help enable the multi-service operator (MSO) to deliver more content over existing networks. The deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 will also allow Asianet to offer broadband services with bandwidth far superior to that of mobile Internet service providers.
Hathway Cable & Datacom
With the great result in Mumbai and Pune, multi-system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable & Datacom on 26th March has launched 50mbps broadband service on its Docsis 3.0 ultra high speed network in Bengaluru.
Hathway Cable & Datacom on 26th March has brought its high-definition (HD) service in Bengaluru & Mysore.
India’s only Headend-in-the-sky (HITS) service provider JAINHITS is planning to install over 3,000 mini downlink headends across 640 districts in India by the end of 2014.
JAINHITS, India’s first and only HITS based Direct to Network (DTN) service attracted a large number of local cable operators (LCOs) across the states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana at its first ever tri state business meet in Simla. The satellite based solution for digitization of cable service was an instant hit with the operators. The meeting was held on 21st march 2014.
New Delhi, 24 March 2014: Nation’s two prestigious Cable TV Associations- National Cable and Telecommunication Association (NCTA) and Cable Operators Federation of India (COFI) have jointly approached various political parties who are in the fray to form the government at centre after the Lok Sabha elections in April-May 2014 to look after the interests of millions of cable TV viewers who are being forced to adopt a digital technology by the present Government spending Rs 1500-2000 on a set top box for each TV and pay more than double of their present bill every month for cable TV services. Also Associations have requested the political leaders to protect the livelihood of more than 60000 cable operators and about 2 million people working in these networks whose business is in danger because unfair regulations in the name of Public Interest.
MSM Discovery on 12th March had issued a disconnection notice to cable operators for non-payment of outstanding dues and for renewal of agreement.
MediaPro on 11th March had issued a disconnection notice to multi-system operator (MSOs) DEN Networks for non-payment of dues.
The dispute over payment of electricity pole charge has been resolved by the two opponents namely the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) and Greater Guwahati Cable TV Operators’ Association (GGCTOA) themselves.
JAINHITS, India’s only HITS Platform announced that it has successfully attained the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certification for its set top boxes. This certification is in line with the DeitY’s (Department of Electronics and Information Technology) recent mandate on compliance.
Hinduja Ventures Ltd (HVL) on 26th February has decided to invest Rs. 300 crore in IndusInd Media & Communication Ltd (IMCL). Earlier, the investment into IMCL has routed through Grant Investrade, HVL’s wholly owned subsidiary.
On 5th February Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) issued a note which states that the local cable operators (LCOs) and the multi-system operators (MSOs) should not charge more than Rs 70 from the subscribers, but many of the LCOs do not do the same. Besides, most LCOs charge more than the stipulated monthly subscription, according to several subscribers.