Sports fans subscribing Dish TV platform is up for disappointment as Star India has issued a disconnection notice to direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV over non-payment of subscription fees, non-signing of subscription agreement, and breach of subscription agreement. According to Televisionpost.com, the notice dated 16 November states that the subscribers of Dish TV under the brands Dish TV, Videocon d2h, and Zing will stop receiving Star India channels three weeks from the date of the disconnection notice.
This means, the sports fans across the country on the Dish TV platform will not get to watch action from the Pro Kabaddi League, Indian Super League from 7th December onwards. Dish TV is India’s biggest TV distribution platform with a net subscriber base of 23.5 million. This means on one hand the Dish TV subscribers will miss out on the sporting action from the biggest Indian domestic leagues, on the other hand, the viewership base for the leagues will be poorer by the decision. Premier League, Bundesliga, I-League will be the other action that the Dish TV subscribers have to miss out due to ongoing dispute.
According to the report, In April, the parties had buried their hatchet and agreed to enter into a negotiated deal by the end of the month. Star had issued disconnection notices to DTH operators Dish TV and Videocon d2h on 20 March for non-signing of agreements after the negotiations between the two parties had failed. Even before the disconnection date became effective, the broadcaster had moved Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) seeking directions for Dish TV to do a reference interconnect offer (RIO) deal.