Arasu Cable TV Corporation was incorporated on 04.10.2007 with the objective of providing high quality cable TV signals to the public at an affordable cost. In order to achieve this objective, 4 Digital Head Ends were installed at Thanjavur, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Vellore.
After assuming office in May 2011, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu revived the Arasu Cable TV Corporation which had become defunct due to various reasons and sanctioned a sum of Rs.3 Crores for the revival and expansion of the activities of the Corporation. The Corporation was renamed as Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Limited (TACTV).
Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd has taken on lease the Head Ends of the willing private Multi System Operators in 27 Districts of the State and revamped its existing four digital Head Ends in 4 Districts.
On 30.08.2011, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had announced on the floor of the Assembly that Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation would provide quality services at ab affordable cost of Rs.70/-as monthly subscription to the subscribers through the cable TV would collect Rs.20/- per month per subscriber from the Cable Operators.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu launched the cable TV services all over Tamil Nadu (except Chennai) on 02.09.2011 by switching-on the Head End at Vellore through Video Conferencing. On 20.10.2012, the Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated the Cable TV Services of TACTV in Chennai Metro.
The Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation is providing quality Cable TV Services at an affordable cost of Rs.70/- per month with 90-100 channels and the response from the Cable operators and the public were overwhelming. More and more cable operators and the general public have started coming into the fold of Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation and are using the signals of TACTV Corporation.
It is evident from the fact that the subscribers base of TACTV Corporation which was 4.94 lakhs on 02.09.2011 has risen to 62.17 lakhs on 01.09.2013 with an operator base of 24619. Tamil Nadu Arasu Cablee TV Corporation is taking necessary steps to increase the subscriber base to One Crore.
At present TACTV is providing the Cable TV services with 99-100 Channels, including Free-to-Air Channels, Pay Channels and Private Local Channels. The corporation has procured 137 pay Channels and almost all the Pay channels are in the bouquet of the Corporation.
Before TACTV’s arrival, the Cable TV sector was totally unorganized and a few Multi System Operators had crated monopoly and thereby forced the local Cable TV operators as well as the public to pay exorbitant amount towards cable Tv services. Earlier, the public were paying Rs.150 to Rs.250 per month to the private Cable TV companies to avail the Cable TV service.
The service being provided by the TACTV Corporation is welfare step taken by the Government, in the interest of the public and cable Tv operators. Now TACTV Corporation is providing the Cable TV services with most of the pay channels, at an affordable cost of Rs.70/- per month, to the public through cable operators and the public could save a sum of Rs.80 to Rs.180 per month. Therefore, the public have overwhelmingly welcomed TACTV’s Cable TV services.
Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd has selected 1200 Private Local Channels and issued allotment orders, out of which approximately 800 Private Local Channels are running through TACTV.
Inauguration of Cable TV Service in Chennai
On 20.10.2012 the Hon’ble Chief Minister inaugurated the Cable TV Services of TACTV in Chennai Metro. TACTV is now providing Analog Signal to the Local Cable Operators in Chennai Metro Area and is taking necessary steps to provide Digital Signals also
The Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation Ltd is providing 100 channels with quality and clarity to the subscribers in Chennai Metro Area also through the Local Cable Operators at an affordable cost of Rs.70/- per month.
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, has issued MSO License to the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation in the Conditional Access System (CAS) areas of Chennai Metro. The entire Cable TV Services in the Country are to be digitalized within a time i.e by 31.12.2014 as per the cable TV Network Amendment Act, 2011.
In the first phase, four Metros including Chennai were to be digitalized. TACTV Corporation has applied for MSO License for the DAS notified areas of Chennai Metro, on 05.07.2012.