Subscribers fleeced by Cable Ops for STBs: Report
June 27, 2012
Source: MM Network
Approximately 5 lakh cable TV subscribers across Indore are still on analog TV, despite the fact that the multi service operators (MSOs) charge Rs 300 per STB. The cable operators are swindling the price up to Rs 1500 per box to the customers, reports TOI.
While the customers are paying high prices, in some cases the digital viewing quality is missing as the picture quality is very poor compared to the DTH services.
According to MSOs, STBs cost them about Rs 2000 which they are providing to the customer at a heavily subsided rate of Rs 300 per connection. They are unaware of the price that local cable operator are charging from the customer.
The fleeced behavior of the cable operators and bad viewing quality have already forced a majority of cable TV subscribers in the state to switch over to DTH service.
According to some Cable TV operators, they are not charging for STBs but are offering it for free of cost to customers who are subscribing to six months service for Rs 1500.