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TataSky Terminates Sony Channels over Pricing Row, Faces Backlash from Subscribers | News18

New Delhi: The deadlock between Tata Sky and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) hit a crescendo 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.

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, said the ET report.

The suspension of channels has triggered intense backlash from subscribers, who poured out their dissatisfaction on the social network and criticized the decision profusely. Meanwhile, SPN issued a statement calling the decision “unfortunate.”

A spokesperson at SPN told ET that it had “not increased” the rates of its channels and blamed the DTH service provider for depriving its viewers of the opportunity to watch world-class entertainment and live sporting action.

SPN has further blamed Tataky for complicating matters and “not acting in consumer’s interest”, as subscribers now have to give a “missed call” to continue watching SPN channels they have already paid for.

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