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Indian regulator slammed for ‘legitimising’ high TV carriage fees

News broadcasters are rallying against what they call official legitimisation of expensive carriage fees paid to cable operators in India, following the publication of the regulator's notification on tariffs ...


Consultation promised on Indian regulator’s digital TV guidelines

... many broadcasters are concerned about the high carriage fees they could be charged by cable companies. The industry estimates that channels are currently paying almost INR 4,000 crore in carriage fees ...


Digital TV tariff structure unveiled in India

... channels, as well as of the regional language spoken in their coverage area. Broadcast carriage fees must be charged in what TRAI calls a non-discriminatory and transparent fashion. There must be a uniform ...


Reliance-RTL TV venture seals Indian carriage deal

... company said in a statement. "This partnership ensures it serves highly engaging and the best of international content to the huge subscriber base of Reliance Digital TV," it added. The carriage partnership ...


NDTV looks to cable digitisation to hit profitability

... this new law but I think the bigger immediate impact will be on carriage fees." Cable signal piracy and subscriber under-declaration by cable operators has been rife during the period of analogue TV ...


Star TV seals US carriage on Time Warner Cable

South Asian entertainment from the News Corp-owned Star TV network is to be carried on Time Warner Cable in the US, following a deal with International Media Distribution. Popular Hindi language channels ...


ABC teams with DD for satellite TV carriage in India

The international arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is to be carried on DD Direct Plus, the free-to-air satellite TV platform run by India's public broadcaster Prasar Bharati. The ...


Indian cable digitisation plan receives presidential assent

... consolidation, as well as a reduction in broadcaster carriage fees. The price of moving to a nationwide digital addressable cable system has been estimated at between INR15,000 crore and INR 20,000 crore. ...


India's media sector records 12% growth in 2013

... the near completion of the second phase of cable digitisation, TV channel carriage fees saw a reduction of 15-20% overall, according to the report. The anticipated increase in ARPUs and subscription revenues ...


Hathway rides high on digital wave as TRAI looks into MSO monopolies

... new players and distorting competition, according to TRAI. Larger scale operations can improve their bargaining power with broadcasters for cheaper content, but also impose greater carriage fees. Cable ...


Consultation launched into pay-TV channel distribution in India

... cable operators. Around 75% of the total pay-TV market is controlled by four distribution agencies, and many cable operators consider the resulting high carriage fees unfair. A proposal to amend ...


India alive to golden opportunity of regional TV

... chain; extra tax on DTH connections – particularly in Tamil Nadu; uncertainty over the reaction to digitisation in small towns; carriage fees; the lack of good regional content and trained staff; and retention ...


Announcement on India’s digitisation plans imminent

... is quoted as saying by Live Mint. Broadcasters expect carriage fees will be reduced as a result of digitisation, as it will address the problem of 'under declaration' by local cable operators (LCOs), ...


Digitisation of India's cable network boosts ARPUs, STB demand

... carriage fee payment to multi-system operators (MSOs) has been reduced by 25%. The government has, she said, fared well from the initial digitisation of the country's vast cable TV network. "Tax collection ...


Initial delay to India’s INR 40,000 crore TV digitisation plan

... at 26%. The entire cable network in the country is set be digitised by the end of 2014, bringing with it more choice, quality and better value for customers, as well as and expected reduction in carriage ...


Cable digitisation to transform India’s US$7bn TV industry

... will increase subscription revenues and reduce advertising dependence. Carriage and placement fees are predicted to fall between 20-50% in certain markets and moderate in others, according to the study. ...


Government set for digitisation information campaign

... the Hindustan Times. India's entire cable network is set be digitised by the end of 2014, bringing with it more choice, quality and better value for customers, as well as and expected reduction in carriage ...


Neo wins fee appeal against Reliance Big TV

India's Neo Sports network is entitled to a 7% increase in subscription fees for its channels from Reliance Big TV, a telecommunications tribunal has ruled. The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate ...


India’s Dish TV seeks $200mn equity injection

Dish TV, India's longest established private direct to home (DTH) satellite TV provider, is reportedly seeking fresh funding from private equity and institutional investors to the tune of INR 1,000 crore ...


Call for rise in foreign funding cap for India’s news broadcasters

... and Industry (FICCI) has said. The body's pre-budget memorandum also stated it is "imperative to align the foreign investment caps in broadcasting carriage with that of telecom, in keeping with a technology ...