Mumbai: Star India has issued a disconnection notice to DTH operator Dish TV sighting non-payment of subscription fees, non-signing of subscription agreement, and breach of subscription agreement.
In the notice issued by Star India on 16 November, it states that its signals will not be available in on Dish TV and on its brands like Dish TV, Videocon d2h, and Zing, three weeks from the date of this disconnection notice.
Earlier this March, Star India had issued disconnection notices to DTH operators Dish TV and Videocon d2h for non-signing of agreements after the negotiations between the two parties were not fruitful. However, in April both the parties agreed to get the issue sorted out by entering into a negotiated deal by the end of the month.
Even before the disconnection date became effective, Star India had approached the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal for directions for Dish TV to do a reference interconnect offer (RIO) deal.
Earlier, Dish TV CMD Jawahar Goel had said that the company is doing 3-4 month contracts keeping in mind the tariff order implementation. Further the parties will abide by new tariff order that is to be issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI), for making a new deal between them.
Star India creates 30,000+ hours of content every year and broadcasts 60+ channels in 8 different languages while Dish TV holds a net subscriber base of 23.5 million.