It's been a long time coming but after endless rounds of discussions,
The two parties arrived at a memorandum of understanding today and the official signing will happen anytime in the next few days, sources close to the developments tell.
The One Alliance channels will begin beaming off the Dish platform within the next few days and the billing cycle is effective from 1 July on. The financial terms that the two parties have agreed to were not available at the time of filing this report.
For Dish TV, this resolves one half of the problem it has been facing ever since its launch - its inability to offer subscribers channels from the One Alliance and Star bouquets.
With the addition of the Sony bouquet, Dish TV can look forward to a major ramp up in subscriber numbers. Two key events that are expected to drive acquisitions in the immediate term are the ongoing India-West Indies Test series and the Fifa World Cup. The Word Cup kicks off in
A contentious issue that automatically gets resolved with Sony's sign-up on Dish is the legal spat that Subhash Chandra’s DTH service has been having with Viacom channels MTV and Nick since last year. Both channels are part of the One Alliance.
In a letter sent to the information and broadcasting ministry last month, Dish TV had petitioned that despite the sector regulator’s directive on making available content to all platforms and a favourable judgement from disputes tribunal TDSAT, the “conduct of MTV” has been “clearly in violation” of the interconnection regulation of 2004.
Dish TV’s parent ASC Enterprises' contention was that despite carrying on commercial negotiations with MTV Networks India for several months, the content provider and its distributors in