TV Channels positioning

Hathway Cable in bangalore, has a very weird system. They just change the positioning of TV channels at their own will. For instance, in the last one month Star Sports appeared at channel 0,77,26 and 41 of my television. Initially I used to tune my television, so that first ten channels are for news, next five for sports etc. But then I gave up. I really have no clue, why these guys do these things!

And worst part is, the timing of their change is unbelievable. When a match is just about to start, star sports will be replaced with Ten Sports. Now, the viewer has to hunt for the channel where Ten Sports used to come. Watching sports channels in itself is a game, I feel!

4 Comments so far

  1. Arun (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    I dont know who owns my cable network, but what I know is that they change channels such that the most popular sports program of the season is broadcast on the same channel number, irrespective of the broadcasting channel.

    For example, if a Cricket series with India playing in it is broadcast by ESPN today, it will be shifted to, say, Channel 10. If next India series rights are owned by Set Max, Set Max gets Channel 10 when the next series begins.

  2. santosh kabbur (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    i guess, its because they shift the channel showing the current crcket match to prime band (VHF), so that people who has old TV sets which doesnt support S-Band will be able to watch the match.
    since they can’t accomadate all channels on VHF, they keep switching.

  3. Rahul Narula (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    Time to move to DishTV or TataSky

  4. silkboard (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    Santosh is right. Cricket must be put on prime band, so they keep juggling sports channels.

    Prabhu, just go Dish or Tatasky and enjoy. Ever since I switched, I don’t have to remember channel numbers. There is a guide to take you through.

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