Arasu Corp invites MSOs applications

The Tamil Nadu state-owned Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd has invited applications from cable operators, link operators and multi-system operators to take its television signals for onward distribution to their cable subscribers in the state.

The operators are required to be registered with the local post office, have a few pay channels in their existing cable TV service with their own network or link to be eligible to submit ‘expressions of interest’.

The corporation will receive signals from broadcasters and distribute them to the consumers through the local cable TV operators. It is planning to set up ‘digital head-ends’, which would distribute signals, in six to eight cities and towns and would be feeding the TV signals with about 80 channels.

The monthly subscription could be as low as Rs 100. Brijeshwar Singh, Managing director, Arasu Corporation, had earlier said its aim was to provide high quality service at reasonable cost.

The call for expressions of interest sets in motion a process that may see a majority of the cable operators in Chennai shifting over to the government-run cable corporation from the two existing MSOs – Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), controlled by the Maran brothers, and Hathway Cable and Datacom.

Arasu cable corporation is seen as an attempt by the DMK regime to dilute the virtual monopoly that SCV enjoys in large parts of Chennai and other towns.

SCV is both a cable signal distributor and a multi-system operator under the conditional access system. The government’s corporation will perform a similar role. However, the government has clarified that its company will not affect street-end operators.

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4 Responses to “Arasu Corp invites MSOs applications”

  1. k.ashokan Says:


  2. M.Venkateswaralu Says:

    Dear Sir,

  3. M.V. Venugopal Says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am from Tamil Nadu Chennai Triplicane, I am graduate and unemployed now iam interested to start to Cable TV in Our Area , kindly request you please reply to me as best.

  4. R.senthil Says:

    Dear Sir
    I am from Kannyakumari, I am interested to start local cable channel with arasu cable at thirunelveli. Basically I am a cable operator and I have operater lisence obtained from Post office.
    Kindly request you please guide me for the above need

    with love

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