The leading multi-system operator
(MSO), INCablenet, has yet to sign the agreement with
Zee Network for distributing its flagship channel Zee
TV, a month after it went pay. Zee is asking
INCablenet to agree on Star’s subscriber base, the
Hindujas are not willing to give way. INCablenet pays
for 1.35 lakh subscribers to Star in Mumbai.
Zee has not switched off its pay
service to Mumbai’s largest cable network as of now.
Price is not an issue of dispute. INCablenet is
willing to pay Rs 26 per subscriber for the 15
channels. But Zee is demanding a substantial increase
in the subscriber base as it has brought its flagship
channel into the pay bouquet.
Zee and INCablenet may soon arrive
at a settlement. Meanwhile, Hathway Cable & Datacom
have signed up with Zee. SitiCable, another big
operator, is part of the Zee group. Zee TV went pay on
June 10 this year.