October 2017


The September 2 deadline for the Madras High court to deliver its verdict on the Star India's case against the TRAI's tariff order has passed, without a judgement. The TRAI's Tariff order is held back.

While a new tariff regime cannot yet be introduced, it is important to note that Tariffs remain frozen at levels declared in 2014, & Pay channel prices cannot be hiked further by broadcasters.

Republic TV has questioned the News Broadcasters Association's (NBA) functioning. The NBA operates autocratically, via a coterie of 7 permanent members, with office bearers & President elected by the 7 members alone. It is shocking that for over a decade the I&B ministry has recognised such a closed club, has been the official representation of more than 387 News channels in India!

The SCaT 2017 Trade Show has once again received a tremendous response. All stalls have been sold out well before the event. Visitors will get to experience several thousand products, from more than 350 brands worldwide.

Digital Cable TV has been implemented on most Cable TV networks in the country.

SCaT 2017 will address the STB replacement market for DAS Phase-1 STBs. Consumers and MSOs now have an appetite for HD STBs with premium features, even as price remains an important criterion.

The major shift for the cable TV industry this year is towards retail delivery of high speed Broadband. SCaT 2017 will also have on display a large number of brands offering networking products. ONU's, OLTs and all GPON products, at extremely attractive prices.

A large number of exhibitors are also offering customised and local language OTT solutions, which can be custom branded for individual MSOs and LCOs, at extremely affordable rates.

Be sure to visit SCaT 2017 at the World Trade Centre, Near Taj President Hotel, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, from 12th to 14th October. Admission is Free!

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