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Cable MSOs offering digital set-top box at promotional price of Rs799

MSOs, including Siti Cable, In Cable, Digicable, Hathway, and DEN Networks are offering digital cable set-top boxes at a discounted price of Rs799 each 


New Delhi: Country's leading multi system operators (MSOs) have come together for a common promotional scheme, under which they would offer the consumers digital cable set-top boxes at a discounted price of Rs799 each, reports PTI.
 
The scheme is aimed to help timely implementation of the government mandate of digitisation of cable TV services and is being launched through the MSO Alliance, which includes all major MSOs like Siti Cable, In Cable, Digicable, Hathway, and DEN Networks.
 
"The decision to form an alliance has been taken under the guidance of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to enforce confidence among consumers and remove any kind of confusion regarding digital addressable system," MSO Alliance Secretary SN Sharma said in a statement.
 
"The alliance will work towards mass digitisation of cable and quick deployment of set top boxes," he said, while adding that the MSO Alliance will advertise the promotional offer through print and digital media.
 
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has set a deadline of 31st October for complete switch over of cable TV to digital platform in the four metros of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata in the first phase. The earlier deadline for this phase was 30 June 2012.
 
As a part of the promotional offer, valid for one month, digital cable systems or set-top boxes would be provided to consumers across the cable platforms at a standard price of Rs799 each.
 
Apart from offering more channels in digital quality, the advantages of digital cable services include weather-proof services that are not interrupted by rain. Besides, this service is provided through the local cable operator.

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SANJAY SINVHAL

4 years ago

DEN Toll free no is not working in Mumbai from MTNL/Vodafone/Tata/ Airtel/Idea. Pl chk.
Also is Rs 799 offer still valid? My neighbour feels ripped off when he read this price in newspaper but still had to Pay Rs 1350 for his settop Box from DEN at Mumbai.

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Yogesh Sapkale

In Reply to SANJAY SINVHAL 4 years ago

Thanks for your comment. As per the MSO Alliance, the offer was valid only for a month or till September. However some MSOs are still advertising about STB at Rs799. But please check the details as there may be some hidden charges. For more read http://www.moneylife.in/article/cable-tv...

SANJAY SINVHAL

In Reply to Yogesh Sapkale 4 years ago

Hi. I logged a compliant with DEN on their website. On 27 Oct'12, I rxd a call from DEN - Mr Sunil (022-6671-7558) who confirmed that SetTop Box price has NOT changed & is still Rs 799. He also called my Cable operator who agreed that he has charged more but refused to refund the extra money. DEN guy tried to argue but then he expressed his helpness to reign in the Cable guys. But DEN said that you can log your reqt to their Cal center & they will deliver in Rs 799.

L&T shareholders would gain from spinoffs

More than three years ago, L&T CMD AM Naik had assured the media that the company has plans to unlock value for its shareholders by spinning off many of its operations into independent companies. However, nothing has really happened since then. Spinoffs would be of great benefit to shareholders
 
In the last Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Mumbai, held on Friday (24 August, 2012) Larsen & Toubro (L&T) chairman and managing director, AM Naik showed serious concern against the Chinese inroads in the supply of cheap power equipments to India.
 
Apparently, his views are also shared by others, notably by some German consumers who fear that they will themselves be losing their capability to produce top quality wares for the power generation if they continue to import these from China.
 
It may recalled, that in these very columns, we had also raised similar sentiments and had sought the government intervention in imposing at least a 20% duty on such imports from China, so that indigenous manufacturers like BHEL do not lose their edge. (Protection Vs power) It is gratifying to note that the GOI has now levied a 21% import duty on such power generating equipment which are said to be inferior in quality and the life cycle uncertain.
 
Set against this onslaught, Indian power equipment manufacturers have distinct disadvantage of delivery schedule due to their heavy domestic commitments. However, if they really wish to stop this Chinese intrusion, they would do well to augment their production capacity and set up expansion plans in new locations so that the growing demand can be met, instead of necessitating imports, regardless of origin, Chinese or otherwise.
 
In the meantime, L&T is now firmly set with its L&T Finance which has more than the adequate capital base, substantial business on hand besides vast experience.  If and when RBI decides to issue new banking licenses chances are that L&T Finance will have a head start and be able to stand on its own feet in a short span.  L&T companies have been successfully operating various businesses for a several decades now, and their new financing arm will have enough to work on.
 
 Now comes the question of future plans of L&T as a conglomerate. More than three years ago, in one of the many interviews that CMD AM Naik gave, he assured the media that L&T has plans to unlock value for its shareholders by spinning off many of its operations into independent companies, with L&T as the apex body. Indeed, a very great and workable idea.
 
However, nothing has really happened since then. Except, of course, a much awaited bonus issue. Even when L&T Finance came up with its IPO, it did not give or make any special provision for allotment for L&T shareholders. There was no preferential treatment.
 
With this in the background, one has to take the news of unlocking value in the infrastructure firm and Dharma port with a pinch of salt.  It may be noted that Dharma port is a 50:50 joint venture with Tata Steel.
 
A few years ago, when Reliance was split between Anil and Mukesh Ambani, the shareholders benefited greatly, as they were allotted shares of the newly formed units. Each one of these Reliance units are making headway in different areas, with varying degree of success.
 
As for L&T, having chosen AM Naik to continue to be at the helm of affairs for the next five years, time is ripe for him to make good his promise and create the independent units by effectively spinning off several of the units in the L&T umbrella. Such a move would probably give these units the freedom to expand and bring forth more profits for the group.

(AK Ramdas has worked with the Engineering Export Promotion Council of the ministry of commerce and was associated with various committees of the Council. His international career took him to places like Beirut, Kuwait and Dubai at a time when these were small trading outposts; and later to the US. He can be contacted at [email protected].)

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Nem Chandra Singhal

4 years ago

It seems that Mr. AM Naik is too busy in managing his company's affairs and don't mind to talk, talk, and big talks like a politician. The share price are at low. The profitability of L&T is not improving. He may be waiting for some trigger to take some action on his promises. Let's hope for the best. Thanks.
Nem Chandra Singhal.

R Balakrishnan

4 years ago

Screw the shareholders. This helps cronyism. Helps put retired cronies in to multi crore salaried positions in newly created entities. So much for "Professional Management"

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