25 Feb 2017
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- UP Elections 2017: Congress To Approach Poll Panel Against PM Narendra Modi's Remark
- Virat Kohli strikes Rs 100-crore deal with Puma
- Captain Cool era ends as IPL side asks Dhoni to step down
- Reliance Jio pushes telecom consolidation as Tata Tele joins merger chorus; may hitch with R-Comm-Aircel-MTS
TRAI has found 104 pay non-news channels to be airing more than 12 minutes of ads on an average per hour during 7 pm–10 pm during quarter ended 25 Sep 2016. Along with 23 pay news channels, there are 127 channels that are showing ads in excess of the 12-minute ad cap rule that is being currently contested by broadcasters in the court. The 104 non-news channels aired 14.15 minutes of ads on average.
Among national news channels, NDTV Profit/Prime was at top with 16.43 mins of ads per clock hour. IBN Lokmat topped regional news channels with 21.76 min of ads.
In view of the Madras High Court hearing the case, the apex court today decided to adjourn the case. The matter has been listed for hearing on 27 March.
Madras HC dismisses IBF’s plea to implead in TRAI’s draft tariff order case; it will consider AIDCF’s impleadment plea in next hearing on 22 Feb.
Madras High Court continued hearing the all-important TRAI’s draft tariff order and interconnection regulation case, with both the IBF and the AIDCF arguing to be impleaded as parties. The matter will come up for further hearing on 22 Feb.
TRAI has released a draft direction on the delivery of broadband services in a transparent manner.
If telecom ops are allowed differential pricing for data services, it will create a situation akin to that in cable sector where broadcasters have to pay carriage fee to MSOs, Star said.
MSOs, LCOs and broadcasters have suggested some amendments to TRAI’s draft model and standard interconnection agreements. The stakeholders have different views on the time duration for termination of interconnect contract, TV signal piracy and migration of LCOs to any distributor of signals.
TRAI has recommended build-own-operate-transfer as one of the models for implementing BharatNet or the National Broadband Plan to expand the footprint of broadband networks nationally.
Raising the red flag against TRAI’s proposed twin conditions on regulating a la carte rates of the channels at the retail level, the DTH Association has said that the authority should first regulate the RIO rates or wholesale rates based on which the retail rates are derived.
The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India has filed an appeal against the TDSAT’s order that set aside TRAI’s tariff order on commercial subscribers. The appeal is expected to come up for hearing either next week or the week after that.
Considering the smaller reach of some of the ground-based broadcasters, a state should be taken as a unit and a reach in 15 or more states should be taken as a pan-India presence. Moreover, the states that are members of the North Eastern Council can be considered to be equivalent to one state.
While TRAI has recommended that no annual fees should be imposed on PS channels, it has suggested that a one-time registration fee of Rs 1,000 per PS channel should be charged.
TRAI has recommended that a maximum of 15 PS channels could be offered by the DPOs in DAS areas. In non-DAS areas, DPOs can offer a maximum number of five PS channels.
While allowing cable ops to run local ‘affairs’ channels, TRAI made it clear that there could be no transmit of national or international news by them. It also recommended that there is no need to bring FDI in line with the satellite news broadcasters.
The legal battle over RIO is on. Following Star India’s petition challenging the TDSAT order that stated RIO as becoming the starting point for any negotiation, the Delhi High Court has reserved its judgment.
TDSAT has directed Taj Television not to disconnect signals to DEN and its subsidiaries until the next hearing, provided they pay Rs 13.11 cr as dues for DAS and non-DAS areas.
The tribunal also directed the MSO to ensure that the LCO receives the IndiaCast and Taj Television channels.
The tribunal pulled up the MSO for allegedly indulging in piracy by airing Salman Khan-starrer ‘Bajrangi Bhaijan’ on its cable channel without permission from rights holder Star India.
TDSAT has directed the MSO to make an on-account payment of Rs 1.05 mn to Star India within a week, failing which the broadcaster can discontinue the supply of its signals.