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Cable operators in Tamil Nadu switch off pay-channels in protest

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Cable operators in Tamil Nadu switch off pay-channels in protest

Protesting against hefty hike in subscription, the cable television operators in Tamil Nadu yesterday switched off all the pay-channels. According to the cable TV operators, the pay-channels -- the Star package, DD Sports, TNT Cartoon Network, HBO -- have increased the subscription fees per household by 30 to 65 per cent from January 1, 2002.

According to the operators, they would not be able to pass on this increase to their customers and hence had resorted to the strike to protest the hefty hike.

The highest hike this time was for the Star bouquet of channels, where the increase was as much as 65 per cent. The cable operators hoped that they would be able to convince the pay-channels that they would not be able to pass on the increase to their subscribers. Therefore, they wanted the pay-channels to reduce the quantum of increase substantially.

The cable operators are not yet decided on the course of action they will take. They have formed a committee to hold talks with the pay channels.


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