In Bombay and some parts of Maharashtra, we are having a facing a blackout on television. We are classified as a cable & Satellite (C&S) enabled home, which gets its feed of 100+ channels (incl. pay channels) delivered by a wide network of cable operators (many of the big cable operators are directly or indirectly owned/controlled by broadcasters).
The reason for the blackout - the local police is conducting raids across operators and sealing the decoders beaming movie channels, as almost all broadcasters are not adhering to a Bombay High court ruling which does not allow them to beam movies rated A (Adult) or U/A (universal/adult) - they are suppose to beam only U rated movies (or get A and U/A movies re-edited and to get a re-certification done by the censor board). So instead of getting relief from the courts, stating that they are just the carriers and that it should be the broadcasters who need to be hauled up, they have taken the easy and a very negative course of action. They have decided to blank out all the cable channels to protest against the move. Today is the second day of the blackout and this the final nail in the coffin for me to get rid of the cable guy.
I have decided to replace the cable guy with the newly launched Tata Sky DTH service. I hope to have the installation complete tomorrow, am keeping my figures crossed as the dish needs to face South or East. So, I hope I am able to catch the satellite signal from my window, as the other option of installing the dish on the terrace is not really available (the housing society does not allow residents to install any equipment on the terrace).
I am sure there are many more in Bombay who will be taking a similar step and this might be the finally provocation to embrace DTH and save ourselves from the clutches of the cable guy.....