Sony Entertainment Television and the Discovery group of channels are off the Hathway Cable & Datacom network on account of a dispute over rate hike. While Mumbai and the western region was blacked out on Wednesday, Bangalore has been off for almost a week now.
“The rate hike is almost 85 per cent for us. We haven’t come into an agreement with the Sony-Discovery package. The channels are off our network,” said Neeraj Bhatia, vice-president, western region, Hathway Cable & Datacom.
In Delhi, however, the Sony-Discovery package is still on, Mr Bhatia said. The Sony-Discovery package was priced at Rs 40 a subscriber per month, with effect from April. The channels include Sony TV, Set Max, AXN, CNBC, Animal Planet and Discovery.
The Sony-Discovery bouquet of channels are taking a tough stance and insisting on a rate and connectivity hike. Sony has the cricket World Cup telecast rights and believes it is a property, which can drive their pay-TV bouquet. The joint venture company is in negotiations with Hinduja-owned INCablenet and sources said it is asking for 1 lakh paid connectivity in Mumbai, with an option to increase it to 1.50 lakh in six months.
Source: Financial Express