The Thamizhaga Cable TV Operators' General Welfare Association has said that 10,000 of its members will go on a fast in Chennai on 7 June to protest against Sun TV network's sudden move of raising its charges for its bouquet of channels.
According to IBN Live, the association further urged the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government to put an end to the SCV (Sun Cable Vision) monopoly over the cable TV business in the state.
At the association's executive committee meeting held in Chennai, 272 of its office bearers from across Tamil Nadu unanimously decided to go on a fast in the city on 7 June to condemn Sun TVís increase of 25% in the price of its bouquet of channels.
"Even as the AIADMK government is taking steps to introduce Arasu Cable TV aimed at streamlining the cable TV operations in the state, the Sun TV network has increased the sub bouquet charges from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh per month," said P Sakilan, state president of the association.
"Outside Chennai, we collect cable charges ranging from Rs 150 to 350 per month from the customer. If the 25% hike in the Sun bouquet charges comes into effect, we would be forced to collect between Rs 200 to Rs 400 from the customers every month," he said, adding that more than 10,000 cable operators across the State would participate in the June 7 fast in Chennai.
When the floor was opened to the officer bearers to express their grievances, many complained about SCV forcefully taking over a Multi System Operator (MSO) run by independent cable TV operators. Tamilan, Theni district president of the association, claimed that in Theni, an "SCV man" who runs Akash Cable TV network, had taken control of an MSO started by independent investors. Cable TV operators from Thanjavur, Erode, Thiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram aired similar grievances against SCV in the meeting.
Later, the association also passed a resolution requesting that the government help cable TV operators retrieve the MSO from SCV, which had used police force to take over operations from cable operators at Thanjavur, Erode, Thiruvannamalai, Kancheepuram and other southern districts.