The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting said that it has deleted AXN and AXN-HD from the list of permitted private satellite channels in India.
As per the Ministry, the channels were deleted following a request by their parent company.
The two channels were shut down by Sony Pictures Network India, now known as Culver Max Entertainment, as part of its plans to “realign” its business in India.
“In view of the above, a1l the MSOs/LCOs are hereby directed not to downlink the above-mentioned channel on their network, failing which appropriate/suitable action will be initiated against the defaulter(s) as per the relevant clause(s) of the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed thereunder,” a communication from the Ministry read.
According to Rule 6(6) of the Cable Television Network Rules 1994, no cable operator shall carry or include in his cable service any television broadcast or channel which has not been registered by the Central Government for being viewed within the territory of India.