Thursday, February 15, 2007

Tamil Content: Cable operators unsure on ban revoke

Tamil Content: Cable operators unsure on ban revoke
Deccan Herald

Ten days after Tamil television channels went off air and Tamil movies were taken off Bangalore theatres, the possibilities of removal of the “self-imposed” ban are anybody’s guess.

Ten days after Tamil television channels went off air and Tamil movies were taken off Bangalore theatres, the possibilities of removal of the “self-imposed” ban are anybody’s guess.

The channels and movies were expected to be back after the State-wide bundh on February 12, held to protest the Cauvery Tribunal’s final order. However, late on Wednesday, even cable TV operators were clueless whether the ban would be revoked soon or not. “The clearance has to come from Hathway, because the links are routed through their control room. We’ve been told that it could take another week before Tamil channels could be aired, but there has been no clear communication in this regard,” said a cable operator in Banaswadi. However, Hathway officials were not available for comment. Tamil movies have also been off theatres in the City since February 5. While the collection of movies like Pokiri — that was having a good run in the City before the ban — has been hit, viewers are also likely to miss out on upcoming releases, including the Sarath Kumar-starrer Pachaikkili Muthucharam.

To meet CM

Meanwhile, Bangalore’s Tamils are also looking at options to end the deadlock.

Under the Bangalore Tamil Sangam, they are planning to meet the chief minister and the Governor to apprise them on the “injustice” done to Tamil movie and television viewers.

“We’ve repeatedly maintained that resident Tamils are with Karnataka on the Cauvery issue. Still, we are being targeted. We are planning to submit a memorandum in this regard to the CM and the Governor on Thursday or Friday,” Bangalore Tamil Sangam President A P Shanmugasundaram told Deccan Herald.


At Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 5:55:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing to do is to go in for DTH and dump the cable connection.

I am disgusted with the state government's attitude towards the issues. This is not a Taliban ruled country. Karnataka is not an independent country either. Then why can't the Karnataka government seize the cable operators machinery?Why should consumers suffer because of some thugs? This is plain ridiculous.

At Thursday, February 15, 2007 at 9:25:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of blacking out Tamil TV Channels, Kannada Activists should black out Udhaya Channel of Sun TV Network which is owned by TN CM Karunanidhi's family. This would be a huge loss to the Sun Network. The TN CM would just not be bothered whether or not Tamilians in Karnataka watch Tamil Channels or not. But he will be highly upset if his family business is affected. People may be aware that none from Karunanidhi's family bothered when thousands lost their lives in the Tsunami. At the same time when the AIADMK Govt. decided to take over Cable TV operations, Karunanidhi immediately rushed to the Governor to persuade him not to sign the ordinance. Will someone reach this message to the Kannada Activists? If this is effectively done, who knows, Karunanidhi may even ask Karnataka to take the entire Cauvery water.


At Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 9:14:00 AM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Karnataka government is not ready to take over cable TV operations in the state, then the Centre should step in. (I am not from Tamil Nadu). It is unconstitutional for the Karnataka government to remain as a silent spectator to the cultural and linguistic fascism practiced by political parties and vested interests. This 'persecution complex' is plain ridiculous. There should be no Tamilians and Kannadigas here, only Indians. I feel disgusted by what is happening in Bangalore, which used to be the most cosmopolitan city in India. Unless something serious is done, Karnataka will surely go the Gujarat way.

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 4:55:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous, because, when I was watching Sun TV earlier, I heard that people from Delhi and Mumbai also participate in game shows. This depicts that Sun TV is shown in Delhi and Mumbai as well, where the number of Tamilians are miniscule even compared to Bangalore.
Moreover, in Bangalore, we are getting channels like ETV Bengali and Gujarati. When the cable operators can fulfil the requirements of about hardly 1-2% of the people, how can they keep the around 25% of people on hold?

At Monday, February 19, 2007 at 6:09:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By blocking the tamil films will they get the cauvery water back??? As some one said why don't they block Udhaya TV which is being run by Tamilnadu CM Karunanidhi? Because there is no Kannadigas, Tamilians or Telugus here. Bangalore city is something like a Multi Nation City. This is highly idiotic. I am a kannadiga. Even I used to watch some tamil channels. Even in bangalore all our state peoples used to speak in Tamil even they all are born and brought up in bangalore. I am expecting a day to come when people feel that they all are indian......

At Tuesday, February 20, 2007 at 6:16:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just contacted Hathway,
They said Tamil channel broadcasting would be resumed after 24 feb,

Lets hope the best.

At Monday, February 26, 2007 at 2:02:00 PM GMT+5:30, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We the Tamilians at Bangalore should boycot the Elections to the BMP as well as Assembly Poll. To this effect, I request the Tamil Sangam authorities to make an appeal in the dailies in the appropriate time. When the kannadigas fail to understand our feelings (blocking Tamil Channels), let us teach a lession to them.



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