The reason given by the broadcaster is the monies owed to it by
Indus Ind Media and Communications Ltd (IMC), a subsidiary of Hinduja
TMT which crossed the Rs 20 million mark for the four-month period;
January - April. Meanwhile Star's Hathway, Zee's Siticable, Seven
Star and independent affiliates will continue to receive ESS. InCable
subscribers, however, will have to do without the ongoing TVS
Cup in Dhaka as well as ESS' Summer Sports Bonnanza..
ESPN Software VP affiliate sales Sricharan Iyengar said: "Payments
for the ESPN and Star Sports services have not been made even as
InCablenet has been collecting money from its affiliates and subscribers.
Hence, during the TVS Cup cricket series, we were left with no option
but to inform the viewers that their favourite sports channels were
likely to be switched-off if the dues are not cleared by IMC."
"Instead of clearing the outstanding payments, the management of
InCablenet has decided to deprive their viewers of the ongoing exciting
sports fest on their favourite sports network. Our repeated efforts
have only resulted in receiving a very minor part payment," Iyengar
"Keeping consumer interest in mind, we will continue to make our
best efforts to solve the problem with InCable Network so that viewers
do not miss the interesting line up of sports we have for them.
This includes the special programming we are doing on the batting
legend Sachin Tendulkar who turns 30 on 24 April," Iyengar went
on to say.
ESS also stated that InCablenet failed in the timely renewal of
its contracts for Nagpur, Nashik, Ahmedabad,Vadodara and Indore
leading to a non-availability of the two channels in these cities
From this month onwards till March 2004, ESS will bring viewers
over 11,000 hours of live coverage. The cricket coverage it will
have will include South Africa's tour of Bangladesh; Australia's
tour of the West Indies which is currently on; Zimbabwe's tour of
England; Pakistan's tour Of England; followed by the triangular
series between Zimbabwe, South Africa and England; and Sri Lanka's
tour of the West Indies.