Raheja group owned multi-system operator Hathway has removed signals of channels of the global sport broadcaster Star Sport from its regular packages.
The dispute started after Hathway, a leading MSO with over 11 million subscription base in 140 cities removed Star Sports bouquet of four channels from its regular package and asked its viewers to pay a-la-carte to subscribe.
While Star Sports accused the MSO (multi-system-operator) of violating TRAI regulations by not informing customers in advance before offering its channels on a-la-carte basis, Hathway hit back by saying it has followed all the rules and regulations of the regulator.
Denying the allegation, Hathway Managing Director and CEO Jagdish Kumar G Pillai stated that “We have followed all rules and regulations of TRAI…We have removed Star Sports from our existing packages and giving options to consumers to choose a channel or a package.”
Stating that the essence of digitisation is about giving consumers numerous options he said “We are confident that sports fans will pay a reasonable amount to view their favourite games.”