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India: World Cup carriage dispute escalates

Advanced Television – Sony Pictures Network, its Indian general entertainment bundle of channels, has cut its transmissions to Kolkatta’s MSO cable operator Manthan over alleged unpaid subscription fees.

Summary

  • Sony Pictures Network, its Indian general entertainment bundle of channels, has cut its transmissions to Kolkatta’s MSO cable operator Manthan over alleged unpaid subscription fees.
  • The cessation of services was doubly embarrassing for the giant MSO given that Sony has exclusive coverage of the FIFA World Cup on air at the moment.
  • Sony’s channels were cut a few days ago with reports that the Manthan debts top 11 Crore Rupees (€1.4m).
  • This isn’t the first time that Sony has resorted to extreme action.
  • It also cut signals to Manthan during the India Premier League cricket tournament earlier this year, again citing unpaid fees.

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