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Tamil Nadu cable operators launch own MSO

Chennai, Jan 10 () : Tamil Nadu cable operators known as Thamizhaga Cable TV Operators numbering 500 have decided to launch their own Multi System Operator (MSO).

As TRAI has advised the Centre not to issue licence to Tamil Nadu government-owned Arasu Cable Corporation since no state-owned cable or TV channels should control content to the public, cable operators in Chennai  have decided to launch their own MSO.

P Shakilan, state president, Thamizhaga Cable TV Operators claimed it to be the first time in the country where cable operators are investing around Rs 40 crore and said their service through digitization will start from January 18.

The new MSO has placed orders for 3.5 lakh set-top boxes from Chinese companies, which will be delivered before May 2013  and 10 lakh connections will come under this MSO network, claimed Shakilan.

The new MSO does not want their operations to go into the hands of a monopoly company due to the non-implementation of digitization in Chennai due to court cases and other issues.
The new MSO would give 500 channels.

DTH operators to cope with the rush in metros have shifted the workforce in other states. After the new order, the four metros account for 40 per cent of subscriber base. Before two months, this was 15 per cent. The shift from analog signal to digital will give transparency to the number of connections. This will change the revenue pattern since cable operators cannot give less figures and also TV channels that are pay channels will get more money from MSO.

DMK has criticized AIADMK for converting Jaya TV as pay channel so that it can get money from Arasu Cable, the TN’s state-owned network. With Arasu Cable’s fate in Chennai hanging in balance, Sun Network SCV is said to be intimidating operators to be with them by offering set-top boxes at cheap rates.