Star Sports and other Star India channels may become inaccessible for the Reliance Big TV subscribers. Star India has reportedly initiated the process of disconnection of its bouquet of channels on the DTH platform.
Star India has issued a disconnection against Reliance Big TV for non-payment of license fee and non-execution of the subscription agreement. Reliance Big TV has three weeks’ time from the day of notice to remedy the concern. The broadcaster thereafter can discontinue its services on the DTH platform.
The discontinuation will not hurt the Star India viewership much. Reliance Big TV with a mere 2% share in the Indian market is reportedly the smallest network among the six DTH pay-TV players in India.
According to a Television Post report Star India, ZEEL, Sony Pictures Networks India, IndiaCast Media, Discovery Communications, and Sun TV Network have filed recovery petitions in the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal against Reliance Big TV.
The TV broadcast industry news web portal has also reported earlier that the DTH company, which provides DTH service under Reliance Digital TV brand, owes more than INR 100 crore to leading broadcasters like Star India, ZEEL, Sony Pictures Networks India, TV18, Viacom18, Sun TV, and Discovery Communications India. Sun TV Networks has claimed dues of INR 30 crore.
Star India reportedly has the largest claim of INR 22 crore against the defaulting DTH platform. IndiaCast Media (INR 14.62 crore) and Discovery (INR 7.5 crore) are the other prominent claimants. Sun TV has filed an insolvency petition against the Reliance Big TV in the National Company Law Tribunal in Mumbai.
Reliance Big TV was facing a shutdown when Pantel Technologies and Veecon Media and Television have bought the DTH platform to give it a lease of life.