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Viacom18, Network18, Sun & Disney channels switch-off from Digicable network

The decision, effective from April 13, 2012, is because of non-payment of dues by Digicable

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | April 13, 2012

Leading channels like Colors, CNN-IBN, CNBC TV 18, Sun TV and Hungama have switched off in all Digicable networks in Central, North, West and East India due to non-payment of subscription fees.

With effect from today, Viacom18, Network 18, Sun Network and Disney channels distributed by Sun 18 (North) will be switched off across Digicable networks across North, West, East and Central India.

Digicable viewers across these regions will not be able to view their popular shows and programmes on leading channels like Colors, MTV, CNBC TV 18, CNN-IBN, Sun TV, Gemini, Surya, Disney Channel and Hungama, amongst others, from April 13 onwards.

The switch-off by the broadcasters is due to non-payment of subscription fees and breach of agreement by Digicable. Sun18, which distributes 46 channels from the four leading networks, had given Digicable a 21-day notice to ensure that the much-delayed subscription payments are paid. The deadline of the notice ended on April 12, 2012.

Digicable is one of the largest cable distribution companies in the country. It is owned and promoted by Jagjit Singh Kohli, MD & CEO, and Yogesh Shah, Joint MD. Kohli, during his three-decades-long career, has set up and headed major Multi Service Operators (MSOs), including InCable, WinCable (now renamed Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd.) and Wire and Wireless (India) Ltd.

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