Hathway, Den to launch advanced, dual-tuner set-top-box

Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom and cable company, has placed an order of around 5 lakh advanced set-top-boxes with Dixon Technologies, including those for deployment on Hathway and Den’s cable networks. Unlike the IPTV-enabled set-top-boxes being rolled out as part of the Jio Fiber network, many of these STBs sourced from Dixon are not meant […]

TRAI Tariff Order helps lift Hathway into profit

Hathway Datacom, one of India’s top cable feed providers (MSOs) finally posted a profit after remaining saddled with losses for several years. The company was able to post a profit due to various factors, including a sharp fall in pay channel costs thanks to TRAI’s new tariff order and a reduction in its cable TV […]

Hathway becomes profitable again, but pay channel costs increase suddenly

Hathway Cable and Datacom, one of India’s biggest cable feed providers, has again turned profitable, but it also reported an increase of Rs 87 mn in its pay channel costs while subscription revenue increased by only Rs 37 mn. Given that subscription revenue increased only 1% while pay channel costs increased 7%, it is likely […]

TRAI asks Den, GTPL to let consumers to change their packs

Media regulator TRAI has shot off letters to most of the top cable TV feed providers in India, asking them to allow users to change their packs, and ensure that their business partners provide itemized billing to customers and pay tax to the government. It, however, remains to be seen how cable feed providers are […]

TRAI SCHEME: 85% users have chosen MSO packs – GTPL

85% of the customers who have shifted to tariff packs under TRAI’s new tariff plan have gone with packages created by the cable operator, said Aniruddhasinhji Jadeja, founder and MD of GTPL Hathway, one of India’s largest cable networks. Jadeja said, as of Feb 12, close to 30% of the total subscribers have been moved […]

After Siti & Den, Hathway reveals prices of new TRAI plans & channel packs

With just six hours remaining for the expiry of TRAI’s deadline for the announcement of new channel packs and prices, three of India’s biggest cable networks — Den Networks, Hathway Cable and Siti Cable — have announced their new plans and details. The latest to do so was Hathway Cable, which has given two separate […]

All cable, DTH firms to unveil new channel packs today

All cable and DTH players, including Dish TV, D2h, Tata Sky, Hathway, Den Networks, Airtel Digital and Sun Direct, have been directed to reveal their new TV channel packs and prices by end of day today. In an update posted on TRAI’s website on Friday, the regulator reminded cable and DTH companies that they must […]

TRAI tariff rules set stage for big fight between channels and DTH-cable cos

The impending December 29 deadline for the introduction of a new set of rules governing the prices of TV channels has set the stage for a mega showdown between broadcasters on the one side and the cable and DTH industry on the other. At the core of the fight is the question of who gets […]

Hathway to launch Android TV box next month; Play Store support built in

Hathway, one of India’s top cable feed providers, said it will launch its Smart Hub, a smart set-top-box that will run Google’s Android operating system, in the market next month. This will make it the second big player to come on-board the Android TV platform, a special version of Android OS that is customized to […]

Consumers to benefit from new TRAI tariff scheme next month – Hathway

Hathway Cable & Datacom, one of India’s largest cable feed providers, said the implementation of a new TRAI tariff scheme for television from next month will empower consumers, even as it will be ‘not so good’ for broadcasting groups that make heavy use of bundling. Bundling refers to the practice by broadcasting companies of making […]

GTPL Hathway, Polycab wins Rs 1,246 cr order in Gujarat

GTPL Hathway, the Gujarat-based subsidiary of Hathway Datacom, said it, along with Polycab Wires, has won a Rs 1,245.77 cr order to connect 3,767 gram panchayats as part of the BharatNet project of the central government. The companies have to lay 17,000 kms of fiber as part of the contract. The order is for part of Saurashtra region […]

Mukesh Ambani extends his hand to Local Cable Operators as he snaps up Den, Hathway

Reliance Industries made a strong pitch to the thousands of local cable operators associated with cable feed providers Den Networks and Hathway Cable and Datacom as it announced its purchase of the two companies. Reliance will spend Rs 2,290 cr for a 66% stake in Den Networks, and Rs 2,940 cr for a 51.3% stake […]

RIL to announce Hathway, Den acquisitions tomorrow – CNBC

CNBC TV18, controlled by Reliance Industries, reported that the diversified company is likely to announce its acquisition of two of India’s top cable companies, Den Networks and Hathway Cable and Datacom, tomorrow. The TV channel, controlled by Reliance via a trust, said the acquisition is likely to be announced along with RIL’s second-quarter results on […]

TRAI tariff order positive for distributors – Hathway Cable

The upcoming new system of selling television channels in India will de-risk the business model of distribution companies such as cable and DTH providers, the country’s largest cable feed provider said. Starting in 2019, television channel operators will no longer be allowed to enter into ‘fixed payment’ deals with distribution providers like cable and DTH […]

Does Jio GigaFiber & GigaTV mark the end of Cable & DTH industry?

India’s cable company stocks have fallen by about 15%-25% since Reliance Jio, India’s largest telecom company by volumes, yesterday announced the commencement of its long-awaited fiber broadband and TV service from August 15. It is feared that the company’s entry can lead to widespread shutdowns and losses in the cable and broadband industry, similar to […]

GTPL Hathway offers 39 GB at 1 rupee to take on Reliance Jio Fiber

GTPL Hathway, Gujarat’s biggest cable provider, has unleashed a new set of tariffs that offer as much as 39 GB for just 1 rupee. The new tariff plans have been unveiled along with its new fiber to home service. “Currently, the services are launched in Ahmedabad only, but there are plans to progressively launch in […]

Hathway Broadband starts FTTH, data use up 26% in 3 months

Hathway Digital said it has started rolling out fiber-to-the-home services in congested areas, and also reported a strong increase in data use after slashing prices and increase quotas. For the three months ended September, an average consumer on Hathway Broadband increased her consumption to 98 GB per month, or 3.2 GB per day, from 78 […]

Is Reliance Jio about to acquire Den Networks?

Reliance Industries refused to deny or confirm media reports about its telecom unit Jio being in talks to acquire cable operator Den Networks. Shares of Den Networks, one of India’s largest cable networks, are up 6.2%, having opened higher on the news. “We are unable to comment on media speculation and rumors and it would […]

Reliance Jio seen preparing to launch cable TV, not DTH

Reliance Jio, the telecom services provider from the Reliance Industries group, is likely to launch its own cable TV services, according to photographs uploaded by anonymous users on web forums. The photographs were apparently taken at the demonstration of the new service, and come several months after rumors started circulating that the company will launch a […]

Den Networks to introduce 4K, gaming box this year

Den Networks, one of India’s top three cable companies, is planning to introduce4K services and ‘open’ set-top-boxes with gaming support this year, CEO S N Sharma said. “We definitely are aware that 4K is also around the corner and the box development is already in progress may be in next three to four months’ time,” […]