In a first-of-its-kind exercise, regulator TRAI is scheduled to meet CEOs of all telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, on Friday to discuss and identify important issues that need to taken up during the year.
Reliance Jio will be offering free services to existing and new customers through its 'Happy New Year' offer until March 31, said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries while addressing stakeholders via a broadcast Thursday.
In an interview with CNBC-TV18, Subramaniam says he does not see the digitisation deadline being extended. He expects to the current financial year with 45-50 lakh subscribers and says the full benefit of digitisation will be seen in FY17.
In an interview to CNBC-TV18, SN Sharma, CEO, Den Networks explains benefits of direct billing by MSOs.
In its complaints before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash, TRAI said cable operators were violating its regulations concerning implementation of Digital Addressable Cable TV System (DAS), for which a set-top box is to be attached with television set of the subscriber.
India Ratings has a negative outlook for the media & entertainment (M&E) sector for 1H13, as moderate economic growth and cost reduction initiatives by corporates are leading to sluggish growth in advertising spending. The outlook is stable for 2H13, as the Indian economy is likely to start picking up thus driving higher adspend by corporates.
Officially, the government's digitization plan spanning the four metros - Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata -- saw the end of analog cable era on October 31, 2012.
Ahead of roll out of cable TV digitisation, sectoral tribunal TDSAT today upheld certain broadcast regulatory clauses allowing customers to select a combination of 100 free-to-air channels for basic plan.
With barely a month left for digitisation to kick in, broadcaster and MSOs are engaged in hectic negotiations over distribution revenues. Sajeet Manghat and Ashmit Kumar of CNBC-TV18, report that initial indications suggest MSOs are at a price disadvantage to DTH operators and deals with broadcasters are proving difficult to clinch.
Signalling a clear intention to implement Cable Digitalisation by the due date, broadcasting sector regulator TRAI has pulled up broadcasters and Multi System operators (MSOs) for not finalising inter-connection agreements and has now set a August 21 deadline for it.
A closed door meeting on digitization is expected to be held between I&B Minister Ambika Soni and the industry representatives at 3 pm today, reports CNBC-TV18‘s Ekta Batra. The meet would also include the task force constituted by the government to ensure timely execution of digitization.
Given the fact that multi-system operators (MSOs) and local cable operators (LSOs) are not ready to seed in the required set-top- boxes till now Vikash Mantri, media analyst at ICICI Securities expects a delay in digitization.
SL Narayanan, group chief financial officer, Sun Group told CNBC-TV18 that he doesn‘t see any possibility of the company paying carriage fees.
Today cable stocks gained on buzz of Reliance Industries (RIL) planning to pick up 26% stake in leading cable operator including MSO, reports Business Standard.
The new digitization timetable put out by the ministry of information and broadcasting says the digitization deadline has been advanced to December 31, 2014 from March 31, 2015. Salil Kapoor the COO of Dish TV, in an interview on CNBC-TV18 spoke about how the latest norms would impact his company and the sector in general.
Sudhir Agarwal, CEO of WWIL, in an interview with CNBC-TV18’s Udayan Mukherjee and Mitali Mukherjee, spoke about the results and his outlook for the company.