Kolkata police has registered FIR against two Hathway linked local cable operators for illegally re-transmitting signals of Star Sports 1 on without encryption.
The action was taken after Star on 22nd July had filed a complaint against the deliberate illegal acts of Hathway.
Acting on the complaint, the police raided the control rooms of the LCOs and found that the signals of Star Sports 1 were being retransmitted in unencrypted mode on LCN No. 872 meant for local channels.
Star in a press note said, “Hathway has adopted an unlawful methodology whereby Hathway’s electronic programming guide (EPG) displays to the subscribers that the said TV channel is available on an a-la-carte basis. However, the said channel is available and enjoyed by Hathway subscribers even without opting for the said TV channel on an a-la-carte basis by the unlawful placement of the TV channel in unencrypted frequencies/forms.’
The Star also claims that because of the unlawful placement of the channel, the subscriber base of Star Sports1 is not captured on the SMS and Cable Access System of Hathway. Consequently, the MSO does not pay any license/subscription fee, though the channel is available and viewed by the Hathway subscribers.