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Help Threat of World Cup blackout in Mangalore
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MANGALORE: Thursday may be crucial in deciding whether Mangaloreans subscribing to cable TV will be able to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 or not.

The hearing between Mangalore-based cable operator V4 Media and ESPN Star Sports has been postponed to February 17, according to the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) website.

The ESPN Star Sports spokesperson declined to speak on the issue as the matter was sub judice. Jeethendra, one of V4 Media's directors, said he would speak on Thursday when a “clearer picture” would emerge. Two months ago, V4 Media, a local multi system (cable TV) operator and ESPN Star Sports, were locked in a dispute over the issue, leaving subscribers guessing.

ESPN Star Sports accused V4 Media of violating Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) regulation by switching off three channels “unilaterally” without giving the mandatory 21-day notice. It alleged that the operator “owed huge outstanding” to it.

Mr. Jeethendra had told The Hindu that the operator had been giving hourly information for 21 days to viewers before switching off the channels. He said that it was not a unilateral decision but had been taken by the four entities under V4 Media, (in which V4 Media has a stake) “after meetings and discussions”. He had said there were 90 operators affiliated to these entities that cover Mangalore, Bantwal and B.C. Road. However, it was difficult to get the number of households that had cable TV connections, he said.

About the outstanding amount, Mr. Jeethendra said every year in September, the operator had to renew its rights to beam the channel. In September 2010, it was agreed between the operator and the sports broadcaster that executives from the sports broadcaster would visit the operator before payment was made. “The officials had said they would come but they did not come,” he had then said.

Mr. Jeethendra had alleged that the broadcasters wanted to increase the price for beaming the World Cup by 50 per cent. He had declined to divulge the amount.

Mr. Jeethendra alleged that the ESPN Star Sports had, in a press note, asked viewers to opt for DTH platforms and that this showed that the sports broadcaster was directly promoting DTH despite the operator promoting ESPN for 16 years.

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Cable operators (not only in Mangalore) has the habit of switching off the channels whenever they have a fight or indifference with Broadcasters. Recently, cable operators in our region switched off Surya TV for about 15 days and they just flash a message in the screen giving the reason for switching off. This kind of attitude gives the chance for people moving to DTH.

More benefit for DTH operators and may be ESPN group like to get more DTH support than cable tv support..!!
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(02-16-2011, 11:45 AM)Sathish Wrote:
MANGALORE: Thursday may be crucial in deciding whether Mangaloreans subscribing to cable TV will be able to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 or not.

The hearing between Mangalore-based cable operator V4 Media and ESPN Star Sports has been postponed to February 17, according to the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) website.

The ESPN Star Sports spokesperson declined to speak on the issue as the matter was sub judice. Jeethendra, one of V4 Media's directors, said he would speak on Thursday when a “clearer picture” would emerge. Two months ago, V4 Media, a local multi system (cable TV) operator and ESPN Star Sports, were locked in a dispute over the issue, leaving subscribers guessing.

ESPN Star Sports accused V4 Media of violating Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) regulation by switching off three channels “unilaterally” without giving the mandatory 21-day notice. It alleged that the operator “owed huge outstanding” to it.

Mr. Jeethendra had told The Hindu that the operator had been giving hourly information for 21 days to viewers before switching off the channels. He said that it was not a unilateral decision but had been taken by the four entities under V4 Media, (in which V4 Media has a stake) “after meetings and discussions”. He had said there were 90 operators affiliated to these entities that cover Mangalore, Bantwal and B.C. Road. However, it was difficult to get the number of households that had cable TV connections, he said.

About the outstanding amount, Mr. Jeethendra said every year in September, the operator had to renew its rights to beam the channel. In September 2010, it was agreed between the operator and the sports broadcaster that executives from the sports broadcaster would visit the operator before payment was made. “The officials had said they would come but they did not come,” he had then said.

Mr. Jeethendra had alleged that the broadcasters wanted to increase the price for beaming the World Cup by 50 per cent. He had declined to divulge the amount.

Mr. Jeethendra alleged that the ESPN Star Sports had, in a press note, asked viewers to opt for DTH platforms and that this showed that the sports broadcaster was directly promoting DTH despite the operator promoting ESPN for 16 years.

i'm a mangalorean resident.. forget about 21 days,these cable guys have not notified us a single day before removing star sports, espn and star cricket.... loosers mahn........ can lie to any extent.... and upon that poor service, transmission problems...... thats the reason most of them have removed cable connection and subscribed for dth.... hope they get to pay a huge sum as fine... i will be changing to dth from next month.......
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