Hathway has cited MSM's (Sony Entertainment channels) unappealing content and continued decline and inconsistency in ratings as the reason behind this decision.
Hathway Cable and Datacom has decided to not renew its contract with Multi Screen Media (Sony Entertainment channels), 'due to the unappealing content of its channels and continued decline and inconsistency in ratings'.
Recent figures reinstate the fact that MSM's flagship channel, Sony Entertainment Television, has been on the decline in all major DAS and HSM markets. Based on BARC ratings released for Week 31'15 (period August 1-7, 2015) for CS 4+ All India, Sony stands at the fifth position, with only 77 GRPs, compared to other leading GECs like Star Plus (197 GRP), Colors (157 GRP), Zee TV (122 GRP) and Life Ok (106 GRP).
Based on the above reasons, Hathway has taken a decision not to renew its contract with Multi Screen Media in DAS 2 markets, where it has expired. In DAS 1 markets, where the contract expires on October 31, 2015, Hathway will offer Multi Screen Media channels on a-la-carte basis to consumers and not as part of any of the packages till the expiry of the contract.
"MSM had moved to Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) and filed a petition against our move to shift their channels to a-la-carte. We are happy to state that TDSAT dismissed MSM's petition order dated August 14, 2015," adds the Hathway spokesperson.
On August 18, TDSAT had directed Hathway Cable and Datacom (Hathway) to pay Rs.14.56 crore towards subscription fee dues to MSM Media Distribution, on or before October 31, when the distribution deal expires.