Zee Turner, the distribution house that also holds the rights to distribute Ten Sports across India, has decided to block the sports channel for all those cable operators who do not sign up the Ten Sports agreement with the company before the India-Sri Lanka Idea Cup series, which begins from July 23. The Idea Cup series includes three test matches and five ODIs.
The Delhi High Court had passed an order on July 18, 2008 granting injunction in favour of Zee Turner Ltd, thereby restraining all such MSOs/LCOs, who have not executed a subscription agreement with Zee Turner Ltd and who are resorting to unauthorised transmission of Ten Sports channel. The Court further appointed local commissioners across the country and has also provided local police assistance in case of unauthorised transmission leading to piracy of signals of Ten Sports channel, including coverage of the India-Lanka series.
Commenting on the implications of the order, Viresh Dhaibar, VP-Legal Affairs and Company Secretary, Zee Turner, said, “The cable operators will not be allowed to transmit the signals as the rights of transmission are with Zee Turner.”
Dhaibar refrained from disclosing the number of cable operators who have agreed to this order.
In addition, Zee Turner has also deployed a special task force to check piracy of the channel, which will take appropriate action against any operator found guilty of piracy.