Recently some advertisements published in some leading newspapers promoted illegal DTH pay television connections from companies such as Dish TV of India. These advertisements appear usually in classified sections but now they are becoming more adventurous by publishing larger advertisements.
At a glance one would notice that these are cheaper and have more channel offerings than some of the local providers but then there is more to these connections that what catches the eye.
Lets take for example the channel offerings, in Sri Lankan operators the HBO, HBO Signature, Cinemax, Star Movies and AXN are all
Another drawback is the lack of control over your connections. In the case of a local provider you have the freedom to call up their call centre and make any inquiries regarding your connection and even give them a piece of your mind if things are not going satisfactorily. But in the case of these Indian ones the connection is registered under the name of an Indian with an Indian address so to call them up, you have to always place an IDD call to India and if they find out that you are calling from outside Sri Lanka which is very easy with CLI then your connection will be disconnected and chances are that you will never be reconnected again and have to forget about the money that you invested in the connection.
Bill payment is also a hassle. With Sri Lankan operators you can pay without much of an hassle. But in the case of the Indian ones even though some illegal agents claim that you can make internet payments, there have been instances of connections being disconnected because the operator traced that the payment was made outside
Recently AXN India was banned for a period of two months and all those who have Indian pay television connections were unable to view the channel (the Ban will be lifted on March 1st which is 15 days in advance of the actual lifting date). The point is that laws passed in
The best thing is to avoid these illegal imports from
We urge the pay television industry in
The content providers should switch off the signal and take action against these DTH pay television companies whose connections are being sold outside India illegally since it mounts to intellectual property violation of their content.