India’s CAS hits fees snag

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The government’s attempt to introduce the Conditional Access System, regulating feevees and allowing viewers to pay for just the channels they watch, has hit another snag.

Local and international channels, including Star, Sony, Zee and AXN, have hiked fees before the July 14 start date, doubling the average monthly bill to 550 rupees ($12).

The government had said consumers would not be charged more than $6 for a bouquet of pay and terrestrial channels viewed via a set-top box.

It could amend legislation that will force pay channels to lower fees. Consumer groups and opposition political leaders have slammed CAS, which is due to roll out in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolcata and Chennai.

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