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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will hold an open house discussion (OHD) on its consultation paper “Issues related to Digital Radio Broadcasting in India” on 25 October in New Delhi.
The direct to home (DTH) sector in India heading for a consolidation phase. After Dish TV-Videocon d2h merger, Tata Group and Bharti Enterprises are exploring merger of their DTH businesses.
In a letter to TRAI, the health ministry has said that video streaming platforms are allegedly flouting anti- tobacco rules by not displaying messages and warnings during smoking scenes.
Dish TV’s share of total active DTH subscriber base fell by a percentage point to 24% while Sun Direct’s share increased by the same percentage to end quarter at 10%. The share of other four DTH operators remained unchanged.
The total number of pay TV channels has declined to 293 during the quarter ended 30 June compared to 295 pay channels in the preceding quarter.
Top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.66 mn), Bharti Airtel (2.1 mn), Atria (1.23 mn), MTNL (0.97 mn) and YOU Broadband (0.66 mn).
TRAI said it aims to launch a pilot project at the workshop with a view to developing a prototype of interoperable STBs and compatible smart cards.
TRAI had noted that a business-friendly environment is a prerequisite for the growth of the broadcasting sector, which has seen an increasing number of distribution platforms including cable TV networks, DTH service providers, HITS operators and IPTV players.
Delhi HC will wait for the Madras HC’s verdict before it adjudicates on the petitions filed by Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia relating to TRAI’s tariff order, interconnection and QoS regulations. The implementation of the regulations will be on hold till then.