Chennai at the mercy of SCV

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Im not a great fan of this game. All I know about it is “Few people struggle to reach their Goal.. and few people try and stop them and take the ball to their Goal”. Sounds like a game of life. :)

But there are people who think otherwise. Someone said “Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.”… There are a lot of people in Chennai who think like that.

Ironically. their beautiful 29 inch color televisions which pays Rs. 100 to Rs. 150 for Free Channels (Most of the times we end up paying for something thats free. There is no Free Lunch Channel ) will not show the game of their desire. ESPN and Star Sports who own the rights of the FIFA 2006 are paid channels, and will not be available to Chennai viewers without a Set-top box or DTH.

Thankfully the SCV people have come to the rescue of Football hearts. They have a myterious tie-up with ESPN-Star and they are now telecasting the FIFA 2006. Should we be thankful to them ? Good Question.

This move has happened after a very small political upraisal. Chennai people, who are quite Passive when foolish laws are imposed on them, unusually staged some protests. The media questioned the CM, Mr. Karunanidhi, who said he has no relationships with Sun TV. There was a mild resistance growing, and was about to trigger some political games when ESPN announced that “As things stand, soccer lovers in the city can enjoy live coverage of the World Cup only through set top boxes or Direct-to-Home services”.

But I saw the Opening Ceremony being telecasted in my home-Tv without a Set-top box. ESPN is silent about it, despite its press statements two days earlier.

Why is that Chennai alone has CAS system implemented, while other parts of the entire country enjoy watching all the channels? Qood Question again.. You have an answer ?

7 Comments so far

  1. Krithiga (unregistered) on June 10th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    I am actually for “Buy STB” campaign – 2500 bucks initial investment and you get unbelievable picture and sound quality – I get about 30+ paid channels and pay a grand total of 250 bucks every month. (Which is the minimum cable subscription that was paid by every home prior to the CAS restriction) And no cribbing for missing F1 or Soccer or Tennis or whatever.


  2. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on June 10th, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    2500 is a big thing. Also not everyone paid Rs. 250 every month. I paid Rs. 125. Why Chennai Alone ? Even the STB thingy is monopolized under SCV.. You will have to fall under the regulations they device in the future. They will pull off many channels out of the Gold connection. DD’s DTH sounds much better, actually.


  3. vatsan (unregistered) on June 10th, 2006 @ 3:08 pm

    @krithiga
    the problem with the entire system is the lack of competition, once all of us buy STBs, or a significant proportion, wat makes u think u wont be asked to ay 500 bucks a month? Im not against STB, but against the monopoly that SCV has


  4. sdad (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 5:43 am

    SCV is bad. Gov. should not have imposed CAS. THey are charging 125 for free channels. This is too much


  5. Krithiga (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 10:40 pm

    Prior to CAS, I paid 300 every month. Compared to that am happy about STB. I don’t see how they can suddenly hike the price – asking you to pay Rs.500 per month or whatever- because these rates are fixed by the channels and not by SCV. Each channel charges anywhere between Rs.12 to Rs.25, unless they decide to raise the price, SCV can’t do anything about it. Even if you do opt for DTH, you have to pay what the channels fix as the monthly subscription. They increase the subscription rate, you have to pay that. STB/DTH whatever.

    And the packages offered by SCV – such as Gold, Silver, Emerald, they aren’t stringent about it. You can choose a package and ask for extra channels not a part of that package, you’ll still get it.


  6. Keerthivasan (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 7:44 am

    Krithika, the packages. They are the big deal. Who decided the rate of the packages ? How many cards did you get ? One ? Who united these channels ? Why is there a MSO in STB ? See, its only partial. Only close to 70,000 people own STBs.

    Let us say the entire chennai crowd buys STBs.. and everyone take cards for individual channels.. wouldnt that put SCV out of business. Do you think Kalanidhimaran wouldnt have thought about him being thrown away from the MSO business ?

    SCV can do anything about it, and more. They are just too good in getting things done.

    Afterall they could make a whole city comply to CAS.


  7. nandhu (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 5:26 pm

    SCV does need competition.



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