Plea against switching off analog cable signal.
CHENNAI, December 29, 2012
A writ petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking to restrain the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry or any other authority from switching off the analog mode of transmission of programmes through cable television till the supply of set top boxes by the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd.
The petitioner, Balaji Raghunathan of Adambakkam, said as per the amendment to the Cable Television Network Regulation Act, every household must have a set top box to watch cable television. Without ensuring adequate number of set top boxes and supplying them, the Centre was preventing the poor from watching the cable television.
The poor and middle class families were expecting set top boxes from the State-owned Corporation which had not started distributing the instrument.
A Vacation Bench comprising Justices K.Venkataraman and K.B.K.Vasuki ordered notice returnable by two weeks.
“Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation has not started distributing set top boxes”
Now with Madurai HC already ruling that TRAI has to give licence which TRAI has ignored after their notice yesterday, what will TRAI do if Chennai HC too goes in favor of Arasu?
TRAI clearly states even political related companies cant undertake distribution of
TV channels, wont this affect the larger MSO already existing in chennai as it is clearly a political entity.
Dont know the fate of Chennai..