Cable Wars - III
The Royal cable vision owned by Azhagiri, the eldest son of the Tamilnadu CM has vested control from their rival SCV owned by Marans atleast in Madurai. Sun TV stopped beaming in Madurai as they refused rights to RCV. The cable war-III has started. Arasu cable the government cable vehicle is yet to find a body but when Kalaignar visits Tanjore in the coming months he is expected to open the curtains. But it is unlikely to touch Madurai which will be written for Azhagiri. Sun direct may get some numbers in Madurai but again the general public there is wary of Azhgiri's muscle.
The recent DMK women conference was conspicuous of Stalin's absence and Azhagir's surprise over presence clearly showing emergence of two lobbies in the DMK. Stalin-Maran and Azhagiri-Kanimozhi. And the father seems to be on the latter's side as of now. It suits him as that means he need not relinquish any power in any near future. Tamil politicians love to rule till life and for them even sons are second in preference. The old minister group also will like status quo for that will mean continuity for them too. And so is Stalin getting weaker by the day. Though his close confides may not feel so, the truth seems to be close to this.When asked whether he will like Rahul to be the next PM which winking our CM said yes along side Arjun just before high command rebuked it as sycophancy. When it is for other party he wishes it to become young in head, but here he feels the old head brings more wisdom.
The latest news is Kalanidhi is flying to London to meet Stalin who it is reported to be staying there as he is unwell.[aching back]. He left on June 4Th along with his wife, son and personal assistant.
Azhagiri, Karunanidhi's Madurai-based son, set up his Royal Cable Vision, a multi-service cable TV operating service (MSO), in April hoping to provide cable TV service in the southern districts of Madurai, Theni, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Dindigul, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Thoothukudi and a few other districts in Tamil Nadu.
Cable service in these districts have so far been provided by Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), the MSO wing of the Sun Network, a television channels and services group owned by Kalanadhi Maran and Dayanidhi Maran, Karunanidhi's grand nephews.
Azhagiri and his son M.K.A.D. Dayanidhi, who is the managing director of RCV, took their complaints this week to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). They argued that TRAI 'interconnectivity regulations stipulated for every broadcaster to provide on request, signals of its TV channels on a non-discriminatory basis'.
RCV complained that Channel Plus-TN, a unit of Sun TV network, had been refusing to provide decoder boxes for all the Tamil channels on its network.
SCV in turn pointed out that RCV had not given Sun Network the number of its subscribers and cable operators 'which is a pre-condition for giving signals'.
It alleged RCV had attempted to cut out Sun network's regional channels from its transmission bouquets, but public demand for the Sun channels had made it seek signals from the Maran's Sun Network group.
Telecommunications Minister, A Raja of the DMK, is now said to have instructed TDSAT to hear RCV's petition under the Free Airway Policy.
TDSAT judge and chairman Arunkumar Saturday directed Royal Cable Vision to file details about its subscribers.
RCV counsel K.K. Mani urged TDSAT to direct Sun Network to provide their signals immediately. Sun Network's counsel Sarabjit pointed out that RCV was too new an enterprise and 'the law stipulates that a minimum of three months is necessary to provide the signal'.
Arunkumar then posted the case for further hearing in July. All eyes are now on Azhagiri to see if RCV reveals its subscriber base to the rival SCV's Sun group.
More than 50 per cent of the TV viewers in and around Madurai were not able to watch popular serials broadcast by the SUN NETWork as it was off the air for the Seventh day on Monday.
Tamilnadu Cable TV owners and Consumers Welfare Association President T V Ramesh said that in view of the standoff between the RCV and the SCV, owned by Maran brothers, the cable operators were losing business. Already 1,500 Direct To Home (DTH) connections had been sold in the city. Hence they appealed to the government to soon launch its own cable TV operations to save their business.
Meanwhile in Chennai also the Cable TV dispute seems to have reached a new high with operators blacking out their rivals’ telecast by cutting the cable wires. Police have arrested three cable TV operators of SCV in this regard.
The cable service had been provided by SCV and Hathway in the city. In Peravallur, Madhavaram and Kolathur where Hathway holds fort, there have been reports that telecast had been stopped. The police are interrogating three persons, Royal, Palani and Mani of SCV in this regard.
The loksabha elections are not far away and if wrong coalitions are made it may even be a poll for the state too and if the SUN is not by their side DMK is bound to lose unless they have a formidable alliance to outwit this threat. May be RCV was started eyeing this. The fact of the matter is the sides are drifting apart at great speed and unless the great old man acts swiftly it might mean another blood bath- Madurai style. The willy old politician is not a novice and would have already sensed it. What is happening on his mind and behind doors we may not know but one thing is sure, something big is cooking and it is matter of time it will be revealed.
Above is the new politician from the family- Kayalvizhi daughter of Azhagiri spoke in the recent women's meet.
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