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Broadcasters to provide format to MSOs under which they will seek signals

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked broadcasters to provide a proper format under which multi-system operators (MSOs) have to send requests for signals.

Broadcasters will have to send the format to MSOs by 7 May. Broadcasters have complained that they have received requests from MSOs seeking signals but the format was not proper.

“They have to provide us a format in which requests for content has to be made by 7 May,” said a source who attended the meeting.

The MSOs have said that they want to do content deals before they start seeding set-top boxes (STBs) so that they can provide package details to the consumers at the time of getting customer application form (CAF) signed.

The source also stated that the authority has also made it clear that fixed fee deals have no place in digital addressable system (DAS). The cost per subscriber (CPS) has to be in terms of DAS regulation.

MSOs also suggested a differential pricing structure for DAS Phase III and IV. The broadcasters said they will look into the request.

Moreover, the authority has asked MSOs to provide subscriber reports to broadcasters for DAS areas by the month’s end as the broadcaster has to provide information to TRAI under the regulation.

A TRAI official pointed out that leading broadcasters have sent requests to MSOs to do interconnection agreements, which demonstrates that communication between MSOs and broadcasters has begun.

The official said that the authority has asked broadcasters to make a nodal point. Broadcasters said that their respective contact points are available on their website for MSOs to enter into negotiation.

The authority has asked broadcasters to provide contacts details so that the same can be put up on its website.

Meanwhile, the authority will organise first of its seminars in Phase III areas beginning with Bhubaneswar on 30 April.