News Roundup: Cable Licensing In Haryana; Times Group Videos On Vuclip; Barkha Dutt Domain Dispute

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The Haryana government is planning to auction rights to run cable services in the state, Business Standard reports. The move might lead to a legal standoff as existing cable operators are likely to challenge the decision. The state has about 1,000 cable operators and 300 multi system operators. The unorganized network of cable operators is one of the biggest challenges in monetizing television content in India. They routinely underdeclare subscriber numbers, leading to loss of revenue for broadcasters as well as tax revenue for the state.

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The Times Audience Network, the digital video arm of the Times Group (BCCL), has partnered with Vuclip to make available video content from all its channels to mobile users. Videos from the group’s business channel ET Now (v.etnow.tv), news channel Times Now (v.timesnow.tv) and music channel Zoom (v.zoomtv.in) are being made available through Vuclip’s proprietary mobile video platform, the company said.

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NDTV group editor Barkha Dutt, one of India’s best known journalists, has won an Internet domain dispute at the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation (via PTI). Dutt approached the organization’s Arbitration and Mediation Center in September against a Hyderabad-based cybersquatter that was using Barkhadutt.com. We are only likely to hear of more similar cases in the future.

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Darkha Butt

The man was a legitimate businessmen and not a cyber squatter as wrongly reported by some sections of media which copied the PTI report.

He runs a successful online trading business but was bullied into handing over his domain name by powerful persons connected to the appealant. Sad day when the media failed to expose this injustice.

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