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Cable operators protest seeking fair share DAS regime

Posted on Jan 31, 11:48AM | UNI

New Delhi, Jan 30 : Protesting against the alleged unfair revenue share in Digital Addressable System (DAS) regime and neglect of the small cable operators, hundreds of Local Cable Operators (LCOs) today barged into the conference Hall of Broadcast Engineers Society (BES) Expo in Pragati Maidan here.

They shouted slogans against Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari and I and B secretary Uday Kumar Varma, who had come there for the inaugural ceremony of the exhibition and conference.

A S Kohli, president of West Delhi Cable Operator Association said he had already met Ambika Soni, the former I and B Minister and TRAI chairman earlier when the policy was being framed but no one cared for their concern.

Cable Operators Federation of India president Roop Sharma, who scheduled to meet the Mr Tiwari tomorrow said the Ministry and the TRAI were not willing to listen to them.

''The Government has literally handed over the industry created by thousands of cable operators for the last 25 years to these big media houses and left the LCOs at their mercy,'' said
Mr Sharma.

The LCOs had cut their services in many areas of the capital to protest against the ''unfair dealing by the government.''

Mr Sharma said consumers who wanted both pay and free-to-air channels under the DAS regime would have to pay anything between Rs 250 to Rs 300 or even more against the fee ranging between
Rs 80 to Rs 150 that payed during analogue system and Ms Ambika Soni had assured in parliament that consumers would benefit under this new system as they would pay only for the channels they watched.