Television viewers, movie buffs in particular, will once again have more option to choose from after the Home Box Office (HBO) goes on air in a day or two. The movie channel had gone off air in August after the Bombay High Court clarified that its order restraining telecast of movies with ‘A’ certification was applicable to foreign channels and also to Direct To Home (DTH) operators.
HBO filed an undertaking before the HC on Wednesday stating that it will abide by Cinematographers’ Act, Cable Television and Networks Act and other related acts and Programming Book and Advertising Book.
Ritesh Kulkarni, advocate for HBO said that the channel was earlier not made a party to the main public interest litigation (PIL). However, as it was affected by the order it approached the court through a notice of motion and giving an undertaking.
The PIL filed by a city based college professor Pratiba Naithani had sought stay on telecast of movies with adult content on television. The court through its order last December and this August had restrained broadcasters from airing movies with ‘A’ certification. They were allowed to only show movies with ‘U’ ‘U/A’ ‘V U’ and ‘V U/A’ certification issued by the Central Board of Film Certification.
The court had directed the movie channels to provide a list of the movies to be shown in advance to the police.
Following the restrain, seven movies channel had gone off air - Zee Cinema, Star Movies, Star One, Star Gold, HBO, AXN and Set Max. of these, Star television and Zee Telefilms had given an undertaking in September itself.
A division bench of Chief Justice Harjit Singh Bedi and Justice VM Kanade has permitted HBO to go on air immediately. “However, we will wait for a day or two till we receive written order copy,” said Kulkarni.