Friday, 1 November 2013

November 2013

02/11/13 --
ASCI's Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) upheld complaints against 215 ads. Education and Health & personal care category continue to lead with the highest number of complaints received.



29/11/13
Telecom Commission, the highest decision making body of DoT, approved in-principle a proposal to set-up high-speed wireless Internet (Wi-fi) hotspots across 2.5 lakh gram panchayats.
29/11/13
Vice-President Hamid Ansari said there was a need for " self-regulation" of the media or "external corrective" measures. He was speaking at the release of a new book 'Journalism: Ethics and Responsibilities" at his residence and called it "timely".
29/11/13
Arguments came to an end after three weeks of hearings at Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal in the ad cap case between the News Broadcasters Association and other channels .
29/11/13
The Supreme Court issued notices to the government and media regulatory bodies on a petition seeking regulation of television channels. A bench headed by chief justice P. Sathasivam issued notices to the ministries of information and broadcasting, law and justice, and information technology in response to an item of public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Hindu Janajagruti Samiti that sought the court's intervention to bring TV channels under a regulatory framework.
29/11/13
Dissatisfied by the response of MSO on his numerous warnings to operationalise their SMS systems feeding in consumer data from CAF, TRAI has convened a meeting of top executives from leading multi-system operators (MSOs) to take stock of the implementation of digital addressable system (DAS) in Phase I and II cities and directed multi-system operators (MSOs) to start gross (consumer) billing for Phase I cities from December and complete the process of customer application form (CAF) collection in Phase II cities by 15 December.
28/11/13
Two top officials of Kolkata Cable & Broadband Pariseva Ltd, a city-based multi-system-operator (MSO), were arrested  by the service tax cell of the Central Revenue Department. The officials, managing director Bijoy Kumar Agarwal and director Prasun Kumar Das, are charged for non-payment of service tax to the tune of Rs. 5.52 crore.
28/11/13
The district administration of Nasik has temporarily suspended licences of around 30-35 local cable operators (LCOs) for failing to provide joint affidavit with multi-system operators (MSOs) to pay their entertainment tax.
27/11/13
With cable operators liable to pay 12.36 per cent of the subscription amount collected per month from customers as service tax to the government, 12 cable ops met the finance minister P Chidambaram to talk on Voluntary Compliance Encouragement Scheme (VCES).
26/11/13
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released its recommendations on 'Monopoly/Market dominance in Cable TV services'. The TRAI has recommended that no Multi-System Operator (MSO) can have more than 50 per cent market share in any state and any merger & acquisition (M&A) activity will require the sector regulator's prior approval.
25/11/13
Mrs Roop Sharma COFI President was awarded 6th National Women Excellence Award 2013 at a function held at India International Centre, New Delhi.
25/11/13
The TDSAT has granted the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) more time ie till 23 January, 2013.to file its reply on a petition challenging the authority's decision to grant Multi-System Operators (MSOs) the right to bill subscribers directly.
23/11/13

22/11/13
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has directed all multi-system operators (MSOs) functioning in the Phase II areas of Digital Addressable System (DAS) to operationalise their subscriber management system (SMS). TRAI has also asked MSOs to furnish a compliance report by 29 November. Earlier, the beleaguered MSOs had failed to meet the 15 November deadline to collect customer application forms (CAFs) from all their cable TV subscribers in Phase II cities.
21/11/13
Cable TV Associations alongwith Cable Operators Federation of India President, Mrs Roop Sharma gave their presentations before Rao Inderjit Singh, Chairman of the  Lok Sabha Committee on IT about the progress of DAS implementation.
19/11/13
The government has hiked by 19 percent the rates at which the Department of Audio Visual Publicity (DAVP) releases its advertisements to newspapers and publications for an interim period till a committee appointed by it, finalises new rates.
19/11/13
The I&B ministry has accepted broadcast regulator TRAI's recommendations, and with that, a broad-based system for measuring TV audience would come into place and possibly settle the vexed issue of measuring viewership. So, an industry-led Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) could soon be a reality.
19/11/13
Doordarshan asked cable operators in Jammu and Kashmir to air its channels on prime and non-prime bands so that the viewers get good quality transmission of its services.
19/11/13
Virgin Group has entered into a partnership with Cinema Capital Venture Fund and Tantrik Group to launch Virgin Produced India to cater to the youthful and fast-growing Hindi-speaking population.
19/11/13
Star Sports has initiated criminal action against GTPL Hathway filing eight FIRs for "rampant piracy" during the just concluded India-West Indies Test series. Five  FIRs which have been lodged in Gujarat.
17/11/13
Prasar Bharati Member (Finance) has written to I&B Ministry seeking amendment to the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007 to bring Test matches under the purview of mandatory sharing.
17/11/13
The Gujarat High Court has issued notices to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Government of India (GoI) on a petition filed by Cable Operator Association of Gujarat (COAG) challenging the legality of TRAI's Tariff Order and Interconnection Regulations.
15/11/13
India has been awarded the 2018 men's hockey World Cup, the second time in a span of eight years.
15/11/13
Star Sports India has switched off signals of its channels in analogue as well as digital mode in GTBL Networks after issuing the mandatory public notice on 19 October to intimate GTPL subscribers about the switch-off.
15/11/13
Multi-system operators (MSOs) are all set to switch off channels genre wise in order to accelerate the process of collecting customer application forms (CAFs) from 38 cities covered under Phase II of DAS.
13/11/13
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked the multi-system operators (MSOs) to send a compliance report on the status of subscriber billing in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata that were covered under Phase I of Digital Addressable System (DAS). The deadline for sending the compliance report to the authority was 15 November.
12/11/13
France 24, a leading 24x7 international news channel of France, officially went on air in India on DD Direct+ and Dish TV .
11/11/13
Online streaming service for Indian cinema and television shows Spuul has joined hands with IndiaCast, a Viacom18 and TV18 venture, to offer shows from its channels.
11/11/13
The Maharashtra government has issued a circular asking all local cable operators (LCOs) in the state to pay their entertainment tax directly to district collector in the interim till the Bombay High Court or the Nagpur High Court takes a final call on the issue.
11/11/13
Tata Sky recently launched  "Everywhere TV" which enables subscribers to watch TV on their mobile phones and the service has reached 1 lakh subscribers within a span of few days.
11/11/13
Gujarat-based Neesa group of companies has decided to launch an English news channel, following its Hindi news channel Jano Duniya, which was launched in February, 2013. The new channel is planned for a launch  in the first quarter of FY 2013-14.
11/11/13
The upcoming International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will have screening of 325 Indian and foreign language films during the ten-day event to begin on November 20, officials said.
09/11/13
Publications may lose registration if they carry paid news, according to the draft of a bill prepared by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.
08/11/13
The Chennai Corporation has commenced a drive to remove illegal cables on streetlights in the city.
07/11/13
Dish TV, the pioneers of the Indian DTH market achieved yet another significant milestone in its journey. The newly launched DishOnline application crossed one lakh downloads in less than 30 days of its launch.
07/11/13
In response to TRAI consultation Direct-to-home (DTH) operators have urged the Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI) to increase their licence period from the current 10 years.
07/11/13
NDTV  entered Singapore with its  news and infotainment channels, NDTV 24x7 and NDTV Good Times  on StarHub TV.
06/11/13
Star India unveiled a new brand for Star Sports across six channels  Star Sports 1, 2 , 3, 4, HD1 and HD2 and starsports.com.
05/11/13
Howrah, which is among those regions that are under phase II of DAS, has seen the implementation of DAS in only around 40 per cent of the million or so cable TV connections that dot the district.
04/11/13
In order to retain their business and operate independently so that they do not become subservient to the large MSOs as required by the new DAS regulations, LCOs of Nashik District of Maharashtra have approached TDSAT for a relief. The TDSAT has accepted its petition and  case will come up on 22 November.
02/11/13
In yet another landmark order, The Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed content aggregators SUN, ESPN and MSMD (SONY) to provide their TV channel signals to Noida Software Technology Park (NSTPL) promoted JAINHITS, the only satellite-based platform for the distribution of digital TV channels.
02/11/13
ASCI's Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) upheld complaints against 215 ads. Education and Health & personal care category continue to lead with the highest number of complaints received.
Source: http://cablequest.org/important-information/important-events/item/3781-november-2013.html


Source: http://cablequest.org/important-information/important-events/item/3781-november-2013.html

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