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Direct to home (DTH) operator Reliance Digital TV has got a second lease of life after Anil Ambani-led Reliance Communications entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Delhi-based Veecon Media and Television to sell its DTH business to the latter.
The TDSAT has directed Prasar Bharati to carry channels, whose contract has expired or is about to expire, on Freedish on pro-rata basis till such time it comes up with a new policy.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate (TDSAT) has asked Prasar Bharati to consider allowing existing channels whose contracts have expired to continue on its free direct to home (DTH) platform Freedish on pro-rata basis till the time it comes up with a new policy decision or conduct e-auction of vacant slots.
Star is not discontinuing the HD version of its second Hindi GEC Life OK, which has been rebranded as Star Bharat HD. Thus, Star Bharat will have both the SD and the HD version. Star Bharat HD will be available only on pay platforms. Besides being on pay platforms, Star Bharat SD will also be available on Freedish.
In a judgment that can have significant implications for pay TV revenues, SC has said Prasar Bharati can air live feed of sporting events of national importance that it gets from private sports broadcasters only on its terrestrial network and own DTH platform, Freedish. What impact it will have on sports rights fee? Are there any grey areas?
Star Bharat will be available on DTH and cable networks right from launch day since it is replacing Life OK. In addition, it will be available on Doordarshan’s free DTH platform Freedish.
Dish TV has started renegotiating with broadcasters to bring content costs down. The argument put forward is that broadcasters are offering free to air content on DD Freedish and also on OTT platforms. The company has, in fact, managed to reduce content costs with one major broadcaster.
Doordarshan will auction vacant slots in non-news category on its free DTH platform Freedish on 22 Aug. The reserve price for the 37th e-auction is set at Rs 8 cr.
TDSAT has asked broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India not to disconnect signals to Videocon d2h, provided the DTH operator pays Rs 27.80 crore upfront within one week.