Friday, December 17, 2004

Broadcasters told to provide all TV channels in 90 days

I'm hoping that this move, once it happens and action rolls out, will cause DTH to really happen in India. CAS will no longer be a problem for me in Chennai !! It's another thing that I want to shoot down the state machinery for making a mockery of its citizens by enacting CAS regulations !

In Chennai, I can't get any pay channel without having to pay obscene amounts to cable operators for monthly susbcriptions and an almost "non refunable" amount for a "network-non-portable" set-top-box ! Right now, I'm missing my favorite comedy shows on Z English and STAR World and the silly cartoons on Cartoon Network. And, I'm not even going to talk about the actually useful Discovery and National Geographic Channels !! X-(

A new era in the broadcasting and cable industry is expected from March 2005 once the interconnect order of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is implemented. According to the order, which was issued on Friday, “every broadcaster shall provide on request signals of its TV channels on non-discriminatory terms to all distributors of TV channels, which may include, but may not be limited to a cable operator, direct-to-home (DTH) operator, multi-system operator (MSO), head-ends in the sky (HITS) operator”.

The order leaves no room for exclusivity of any distribution platform, including DTH, citing consumer convenience.

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