Multi-system operators (MSOs), including the Hinduja promoted INCablenet and the Raheja promoted Hathway Datacom, have reached an understanding with Star over the issue of under-declaration of subscriber numbers, and have formed a ‘joint action group’ to tackle the issue.
The alliance is interesting, especially in view of the fact that the MSOs and broadcasters have continuously been at loggerheads over the issue, with each side accusing the other of unfair practices.
The understanding between the MSOs and Star underscores the fact that both parties involved have decided to adopt a constructive approach to solve the issue, rather than one of confrontation.
It may be recalled that Star and INCablenet had earlier clashed over the issue of subscriber numbers, with Star claiming that it was getting paid a fraction of the actual figure.
The spat had led to disconnection of satellite feed to the INCablenet network in some locations.
However, as per the latest stance adopted by Star and the MSOs, both agree that the actual declaration by the cable operators to the MSOs is just about 20 per cent of the actual figure.
The alliance is aiming to rectify this anomalous situation to ensure greater transparency and ensure proper declaration by the cable operators.