The Ministry of Information and Broadcast has cancelled the MSO registration of Maharashtra’s Bhusawal Cable Network with immediate effect due to illegal piracy of DD Free Dish signals by the operator. BCN was approved as MSO to provide pan-India services in 2015.
In the order, seen by DreamDTH, the ministry said that BCN was illegally taking feed from public service broadcaster DD Free Dish and retransmitting it on its own network. After receiving a complaint, MIB requested an authorized officer to investigate the matter.
The report and video evidence by the AO showing both DD Free Dish and BCN logos present simultaneously confirmed the complaint to be true. Upon which MIB issued a show-cause notice on September 24th to the Bhusawal Cable Network for an explanation. However, BCN failed to give a satisfactory reply and blamed its competitors.
Later the ministry gave another opportunity to BCN to submit a reply based on facts after watching the video evidence. But the cable network, in November after watching the video at the Collector’s office, denied any wrongdoing and instead raised doubt on the authenticity of the recording without providing any explanation or counter-evidence.
Hence, the ministry on November 23rd 2021, cancelled the MSO license of BCN. To minimise inconvenience to customers, the cable network is given 3 weeks time to wind up its business. During this period a scroll will run on its channels informing subscribers about shutdown of their operations so that customers can switch to any other DTH or cable operator. The MSO can still appeal to the MIB Secretary against the cancellation order.
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