Friday, January 13, 2006

Cricket blackout in Chennai

While the rest of India would be enjoying the India - Pakistan test match starting today in ten sports, poor Chennaites wouldn't be. Chennai is the only city where the conditional access system (CAS) has been implemented in India and since ten sports is a pay channel, most of Chennaites wouldn't have access to it.

As a cricket follower, I am unhappy the way Chennai has been victimized. While CAS makes good sense in principle, its muddled implementation and political interventions have made a mockery of the whole scheme. CAS was implemented in Chennai over two years back on a trial basis. If it was success, then it should have spread to other cities and if it is failure (which is the case) then it should have been folded back long back.

What's going on with Chennai CAS implementaion.. Do you know?

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