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MSM, Hathway end dispute, settle for one- year fixed-fee deal

MUMBAI: MSM Media Distribution, Multi
Screen Media’s (MSM) distribution
arm, and multi-system operator (MSO)
Hathway Cable & Datacom have ended
their dispute. They have settled for a
one-year fixed-fee deal for digital
addressable system (DAS) and
analogue areas.
The development was confirmed to
TelevisionPost.com by officials from
both the companies who had met today
to give final touches to the deal.
With the deal thus sealed, Hathway
will put MSM channels back in its
packages immediately. It had switched
off MSM channels in DAS Phase II
areas while putting them on a la carte
in Phase I areas until the end of the
The deal between MSM Media
Distribution and Hathway for DAS
Phase II had expired on 31 March
2015, while the contract for Phase I
would have ended on 31 October 2015.
“We had a meeting today where we
agreed to renew the deal for a period
of one year for DAS as well as
analogue areas. The agreement has
not been inked as documentation
takes time,” a Hathway Cable &
Datacom spokesperson told
TelevisionPost.com. “We will put back
MSM channels in packages either
tonight or from tomorrow,” he added.
An MSM official also confirmed the
deal without getting into the details
of it.
The dispute began as Hathway started
running scroll on its platform that it
would put MSM channels on a la carte
in DAS Phase I areas. MSM Media
Distribution also issued disconnection
notices to the MSO for “non-payment
of outstanding subscription dues and
non-renewal of agreement”.
The distributor also filed a recovery
petition in the TDSAT, which directed
the MSO to pay Rs 14.56 crore (Rs
145.6 million) to the distributor in
three equal instalments on 31 August,
30 September and 31 October.
The tribunal had also directed
Hathway to follow the terms and
conditions of the MoU until 31 October
2015, the date of expiry of the MoU.
In its hearing on 26 August, the
tribunal had directed Hathway to file
its reply in the main petition within
three weeks following allegations by
MSM Media Distribution that the MSO
had taken its channels out of EPG in
DAS Phase I and that it was indulging
in piracy of the respondent’s channels
in DAS II and analogue areas
In response, Hathway’s counsel
stated that the broadcaster’s
channels in DAS Phase I areas were
available on the EPG and that it was
not making any unauthorised
transmission of the petitioner’s
During the latest hearing on 16
September, the MSO’s counsel sought
time until 30 September to file the
reply, which the tribunal allowed.
Rejoinder, if any, may be filed by 7
While the matter has been put up
under the heading ‘for orders’ on 12
October, the petition will most likely
be disposed of by the tribunal in the
wake of the settlement between the

MSM, Hathway end dispute, settle for one-year fixed-fee deal

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