Posts Tagged ‘RCV vs SCV’

HC issues notice to Royal Cable Vision on Sun TV petition

July 26, 2008

Justice A. Kulasekaran of the Madras high court on Thursday ordered notice, returnable by two weeks, to the Tamil Nadu government, Royal Cable Vision (RCV) and 12 others, on a petition filed by Sun TV network Limited.

The notice directs the officials to receive its complaints against RCV and others with regard to illegal tapping of signals, register the same and take action in accordance with law.

Sun TV claimed that it was put to heavy loss due to illegal tapping of signals by the RCV, owned by chief minister’s son M. K. Azhagiri and his agents. It filed many complaints but the police either refused to receive them or take action.

This Monday, Sun TV moved high court, and a writ petition, filed by L Jyotheeswaran, authorised signatory of Sun group, contended that RCV and a group of 11 local cable television networks had been illegally tapping the signals of Sun TV and distributing them to viewers.

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Tamil Nadu slams private cable operators for tax evasion

July 16, 2008

The Tamil Nadu government has launched Arasu Cable Corporation, to compete with the Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), owned by the Maran brothers, grand nephews of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

Karunanidhi said it was the first such venture by any state. The network beamed its first pictures from the Thanjavur digital control room, covering Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Tiruchirapalli districts.

The CM said the government had prevailed upon representatives of popular pay channels to give their feed to the Corporation. Arasu Cable would offer as many as 70 channels, including pay channels, for a maximum price of Rs 100 a month.

The government would take legal action to get the feed of some more pay channels, which had not given their consent to give their feed to the corporation, Karunanidhi said.

“The corporation had been started with a social objective and not for profit-making. We hope to break even in about three years. We have asked the local cable operators providing the last mile connectivity not to charge more than Rs 100,” said Brijeshwar Singh, chairman and managing director, Arasu Cable Corporation.

Tdsat rejects petition seeking intervention between Sun and RCV

July 3, 2008
Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (Tdsat) has dismissed a petition seeking directions to the Maran brothers-owned Channel Plus and Royal Cable Vision (RCV), a MSO owned by M K Azhagiri, son of state Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, to show Sun TV.
The petition, filed by the Federation of Consumer Organisations, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (FEDCOT), had requested the tribunal to intervene into the on-going dispute between RCV and Channel Plus. FEDCOT had pleaded that the people of the state of Tamil Nadu were fond of programmes on Sun TV programmes and they were being deprived of viewing these. K Murugan, Secretary General of FEDCOT who appeared in person, said this was because of the political rivalry of Maran and Azhagiri.
However, counsel for Sun Tv and RCV contended that they were negotiating on the lines of regulations drafted by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

RCV said an application was made by his clients on 24 June to M/s Channel Plus for supply of signals and this application was pending consideration.

Tdsat Chairman Justice Arun Kumar in a brief order said, “In view of this, the petition is not maintainable. RCV is already trying to get signals from Channel Plus and therefore the petition is disposed off at this stage”.

Justice Kumar noted that earlier on June 14 he had rejected the prayer of RCV for passing a direction to Channel Plus for supply of Sun Tv Signals but had directed Azhagiri-owned MSO to apply afresh after finding that it was not done in accordance with regulations framed by TRAI.

According to the Interconnection Regulations, an MSO has to furnish a list of local or area cable operators who would be getting signals for their Network

RCV Effect: Sun TV off air in Madurai

June 13, 2008

Sun TV Network channels went off the air in most places in Madurai city following an instant migration of local cable operators from Maran-owned Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV) to Azhagiri-owned Royal Cable Vision (RCV) launched on June 09.

Caught in the cable tiff were housewives who passionately watch the mega serials telecast on Sun TV. They choked the phone lines and flooded the local cable operators with angry queries about the sudden blackout of the Sun Network since Tuesday morning.

Only those who had installed Sun Direct (Direct-to-Home Service) could watch the Sun channels without any interruption. A prolonged blackout could see more of cable connected homes switch over to Sun’s DTH, which is yet to take off among the middle and low income groups.

A. M. Kannan, General secretary, Madurai Cable TV Operators Association, said, “With the presence of 30 MSOs, a total of 450 cable operators function in the city. While only 100 of them are with SCV, the major chunk of operators shifted their loyalty to RCV. Moreover, the dealers of pay channels like Raj, Vijay, Jetix and Discovery have inked pact with RCV to relay their channels. We do not have any problem in telecasting Jaya TV programmes too.”

Sensing stiff competition, SCV jumped the guns a week ago by giving cable operators 50 percent concession in the charges towards every cable connection. But Azhagiri had told a meeting of cable operators after the launch of RCV on Monday that he was aware of their difficulties assured them a share in the profits.

Meanwhile, a scroll announcing that Sun TV firm has been delaying its telecast service to RCV despite the latter’s appeal, is on in areas where Sun channels have been blacked out.

RCV is very hopeful of getting Sun package. “This is only a business. When we have the network, they have no other alternative but to come to us in near future,” Kannan said.