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Star Sports angry as Hathway remove its channels from packages

While Star Sports has accused the MSO of violating TRAI regulations by not informing customers in advance before offering its channels on a-la-carte basis, Hathway says it followed all the rules and regulations


A full blown war of words is out between Star Sports and Raheja group-owned multi-system operator (MSO) Hathway. According to Star Sports, the MSO removed signals of sports channels from Hathway packages and offering customers more expensive pick and choose option. Star Sports, in fact even advised its viewers to shift to direct to home (DTH) if they are unable to see its sports channels. The campaign hit a peak during the just concluded T20 World Cup.

"We are of the opinion that they have violated the quality of service regulation framed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). Especially for Delhi and Mumbai, Hathway failed to inform consumers about change in composition of packs, when they were bound to inform consumer through running of scrolls on its screen and publish a prior notice in leading newspapers," a Star Sports spokesperson said.
While Star Sports accused the MSO of violating TRAI regulations by not informing customers in advance before offering its channels on a-la-carte basis, Hathway hit back by saying it has followed all the rules and regulations of the regulator.

Denying the allegation, Hathway managing director and chief executive Jagdish Kumar G Pillai said, "We have followed all rules and regulations of TRAI...We have removed Star Sports from our existing packages and giving options to consumers to choose a channel or a package."

The dispute started after Hathway, a leading MSO with over 11 million subscription base in 140 cities removed Star Sports bouquet of four channels from its regular package and asked its viewers to pay a-la-carte to subscribe.

When asked the reason for putting Star Sports channels on a-la cart basis, Pillai said: "We have been paying them on a fixed pay basis, which worked out to be a very unreasonable amount on a 'per subscriber' basis".

However the Star Sports spokesperson said: "We were in the midst of negotiations and wanted to understand Hathway's future plans but they unilaterally went ahead and changed the composition of packs".

Star Sports and Hathway had entered into a fixed fee deal to add the broadcaster's channels in a package without any linkage to the subscription base.

According to Star, the parties had signed two separate agreements. While the first contract expired on October 31, 2013 catered to Delhi and Mumbai markets, the second contract expired in March 31, 2014 was for the places where digital addressable system (DAS) were notified by the government in the phase II of the digitalisation and Kolkata region.


Narendra Modi names Jashodaben as his wife
For the first time declaring himself as a married man Narendra Modi has reveale his wife’s name as Jashodaben in an affidavit submitted with his nomination from Vadodara

Narendra Modi, the Prime Ministerial nominee from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has for the first time declared himself as a married man by revealing his wife’s name as Jashodaben in an affidavit filed before the Election Commission (EC).
In an affidavit submitted along with his nomination papers filed on Wednesday for Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, the 63-year-old Gujarat Chief Minister stated that he is married.
So far, Modi used to leave the column of spouse which is to be filled in an affidavit as blank. He had kept the column as blank in 2012 Assembly elections as well.
However, for the 2014 Lok Sabha election affidavit, in the column where he has to declare the assets in the name of his wife, Modi has written that he has no information on it.
The Vadodara district election authority had put the affidavit on the display board of the Collectorate at midnight last night.
Earlier, Congress had said that Modi should come clean on his marital status while filing nomination papers for the Lok Sabha elections.
The Vadodara LS seat which has been chosen by Modi from 26 constituencies of Gujarat is considered to be one of the safest seat.
Modi is also contesting election from Varanasi where he is challenging Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’ local MLA Ajay Rai.




3 years ago

It is Clear that Modi and Jashedaben maintained Sacred Martial Life , as Jashedaben has lead her Life as per Husband's thinking and Praying for her Husband's Growth . Now Rahul Gandhi has to Declare his Married Status,as Many Opposition Parties allege Openly that he is Married and having Son.


3 years ago

To quote, from the famous poem of Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan

Yeh Mahaan Drishya Hai, Chal Raha Manushya Hai . . .

Agneepath! Agneepath!! Agneepath!!!

Piramal group to exit from Vodafone India
Piramal group is selling its entire 11% stake in Vodafone India for Rs8,900 crore, thus earning a whopping profit of Rs3,036 in just over two years

Ajay Piramal-led Piramal group has decided to exit from Vodafone India Ltd by selling its entire stake at Rs1,960 per share.
In a statement, the group said, "Piramal Enterprises Ltd agreed to divest its entire stake, comprising 4.54 crore shares or about 11% in Vodafone India to Prime Metals Ltd, an indirect subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, for Rs8,900 crore".
Piramal group has bought these shares in two tranches during FY12 at an average price of Rs1,290 per share or about Rs5,864 crore.
Ajay Piramal, chairman of Piramal Group, said, “The equity purchase in Vodafone was consistent with our objective of making investments that offer opportunity to generate attractive long term return on equity. I am glad to say that we have delivered against our targeted returns with this investment”. 
At 12.40pm Thursday, Piramal Enterprises was trading 6% higher at Rs568.6 on the BSE while the 30-share Sensex was marginally up at 22,759.


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