Star India channels have been discontinued temporarily from the Airtel Digital TV subscription package.
The move is prompted as the broadcaster and the direct to home operator have failed to arrive at an understanding to extend their deal.
Airtel Digital TV has stopped broadcasting Star India channels – including the Star Sports network channels – from Thursday, March 8.
Star India last month had served a notice on Bharati Telemedia for non-signing of the subscription agreement, non-payment of subscription fee and non-submission of subscribers reports.
Since the DTH operator and the broadcaster had failed to resolve the issue, Airtel Digital TV, as reported by televisionpost.com, had informed its subscribers that “due to failure to arrive at mutually acceptable terms with Star India with effect from 8 March 2018, all Star network channels will be temporarily discontinued from your packs.”
The Star India channels are subsequently discontinued from the Airtel Digital TV package from Thursday midnight.
Airtel Digital TV for promotional purposes had been offering 22 popular Star India channels free of cost to its customers for a one-month period. Besides, the DTH platform would also offer a promotional refund to its subscribers for various other Star India channels.