India’s Manthan pays-up for World Cup

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Indian MSO Manthan in Kolkatta has paid up some of its outstanding fees to broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks, and the cableco’s viewers can now again watch the World Cup.

The absence of Sony programming – and the World Cup games – caused civil disturbances and arrests in some areas following the June 15th cessation of transmissions.

According to media reports Manthan has paid $148,000 as a part payment, and will pay the balance of $370,000 on or before July 5th to end the problems, or else the channels could again go dark. July 5th is the start of the quarter finals.

However, as Sony received the first batch of cash from Manthan, it cut feeds to another MSO in the form of Ortel Communications, again alleging non-payment of dues.


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