Leading Bollywood producers and distributors have appointed Mumbai-based Hathway Cable & Datacom to monitor control rooms of cable operators in West Bengal so that pirated versions of the latest releases are not shown on the cable channels.
Last week, Amir Khan threatened legal action against any party showing his just-released production Lagan on cable TV. Cable operators will now have to pay royalty on any movie shown on their own channels. The operators plan to pass on the cost to their subscribers, who will also have to pay for the higher fees being charged by STAR TV and Zee for their bouquets of channels.
The major signal provider, RPG Netcom, has informed cable operators that they will have to pay an extra Rs 50 per point following the rate hikes by STAR and Zee. However, SitiCable, the other big signal provider, have yet to decided on the new rates.
The operators under RPG have been asked to pay Rs 131 (including 26 pay channels) per point, while the subscribers will have to pay Rs 100, 125 or 150 per month from July. Meanwhile, the FCO has assured subscribers that the operators will try not to raise rates up to July next year.