SPNI hits back as Tata Sky drops Sony and TV Today channels

Tata Sky unilaterally chose to drop 22 SPN channels from its subscription from October 1

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Oct 3, 2018 8:58 AM Updated: Oct 3, 2018 8:58 AM

Sony Pictures Networks India hits back at Direct to Home (DTH) operator Tata Sky for removing 22 channels by the operator along with TV Today Network’s channels which is officially distributed by SPNI.

SPNI expressed it as an unfortunate event in a statement, stating, “Tata Sky unilaterally chose to drop 22 SPN channels from its subscription, even though SPN has not increased the rates of its channels.”

The statement further reads, “SPN channels are leaders in their genres and the network one of the most popular in the country. By unilaterally dropping the channels, Tata Sky is depriving it's viewers of the opportunity to watch world class entertainment and live sporting action. Further, by compelling existing subscriber to give separate ‘missed’ calls even to continue watching the SPN channels they have already paid for, Tata Sky is not acting in the consumers’ interest.”

The broadcaster reassured to Tata Sky subscribers that the SPN channels are available under the TRAI mandate Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO). And requested subscribers to call Tata Sky and demand that the channels be provided to them.

The operator has faced a lot of backlash by its subscribers on social media. Tata Sky has requested its subscribers to bear with them and assured that they are committed and working in the interest of its subscribers. “Commercial negotiations with the broadcasters broke down as what they were seeking would have forced us to hike our prices. Hence we have had to drop a few channels while keeping the popular ones on. We request our subscribers to bear with us, as we are doing this in their best interest,” said Harit Nagpal, CEO & MD of Tata Sky.

The DTH operator further mentioned, that if people have already subscribed to the following 11 channels which include SET, Sony SAB, Sony Six, Sony Ten, Sony Pix and Aaj Tak among others, they just need to add the channel at no extra cost by giving a missed call.

Though this is not the first time Tata Sky has dropped channels. Last month, the DTH operator published a public notice in an English daily on September 9 saying that the DTH platform will cease close to 100 channels of Network 18 in 15 days’ time due to the failure of mutual understanding to renew the agreement between the parties.

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