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Pay channels start going off screens

KOLKATA: Blank pay channel monitors on Wednesday morning greeted thousands of SITI Cable, Hathway and Manthan subscribers — who account for roughly 80% of town’s cable TV audience — resulting in panic and confusion.

Soon, most learned that the blackout was partial and they nonetheless had a grab of pay channels — courtesy a bundle devised via their multi-system operators (MSOs) for many who are but to offer their list of selected pay channels.

The roll-out would were a long way smoother and no more tension-ridden had every segment of the industry prepared in keeping with the set time limit as an alternative of looking to stall the inevitable. The paying public will have to no longer be made to undergo because of vested pursuits.

While SITI Cable stated it had activated a couple of packages for the ‘non-respondents’ so that they don’t pass over all their pay channels, Hathaway presented one for many who didn’t submit their list till Tuesday night time. Manthan, too, withdrew one of the vital pay channels, together with the preferred leisure ones, but persisted to air a number of pay channels.

MSOs stated they'd no different option because the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) time limit of February 7 was just 24 hours away. However, numerous subscribers stated they'd no longer been approached with an inventory. Others stated they were not proud of the packages presented. New Alipore resident Debjani Ghosh stated her cable operator handed her an inventory of broadcasters’ packages on Tuesday morning. “I were calling the cable place of business for a week, but none responded. Now, they have switched off most pay channels inside of 12 hours of handing me an inventory. I didn’t get to make a choice my channels,” she stated.

Kolkata’s biggest MSO, SITI Cable switched off pay channels for many who had no longer equipped their most well-liked channel list. “They were moved to packages which might be close to the ones they now have. In case they want different channels, they should both go surfing to our app or touch the cable operators,” stated SITI Cable director Suresh Sethia.

Hathway claimed that just 20% of its subscribers’ pay channels were blanked out as they did not reply. “They were given a basic pack with main leisure and news channels. Some had asked for just the free-to-air channels. We have finished the migration of the rest and they have their selected channels. Those who haven’t submitted their lists can do it now both using our app or via cable operators,” an reputable stated.

Sixty-five-year-old Haridevpur resident Tapas Pradhan was no longer proud of the pressured truncated bundle. “Plenty of sports and news channels I observe are missing. I am nonetheless in the strategy of selecting my channels so the switch-off was untimely,” he stated.

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