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Tata Sky DTH: Tata Sky removes Sony, India Today channels over pricing issues | Economic Times

Mumbai: More than 16 million subscribers of Tata Sky were in for a shock on Monday evening when the direct-to-home (DTH) platform removed 32 channels of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and three from the India Today Network because of differences over pricing.

Effectively, popular TV channels such as Sony Entertainment Television, SAB, Max, AXN, Sony Pix, Aaj Tak and India Today TV — all distributed by SPN — were taken off the air by Tata Sky on October 1.

While the suspension triggered a severe backlash from subscribers, who took to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to criticise the removal, SPN issued a statement calling the Tata Sky decision “unfortunate”.

Harit Nagpal, MD, Tata Sky, said that commercial negotiations with SPN “broke down” as what they were seeking would have “forced” the DTH operator to raise prices. “Hence, we have had to drop a few channels while keeping the popular ones on. While doing so, we are paying Sony much more for the 11 channels retained on the a la carte rate, versus the contracted rate for three-times these channels. We request our subscribers to bear with us, as we are doing this in their best interest,” Nagpal said ..

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