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TDSAT sets aside TRAI’s DTH tariff order for CPE

As per the tariff order, DTH service providers can offer CPE for a rent of Rs 71.75 per month if the security deposit is Rs 500 and Rs 65.50 if the security deposit is Rs 1,000.

TDSAT asks TRAI to examine RIOs to ensure level playing field

The TDSAT said that the RIO, as defined under the regulations, is a positive concept and, if framed properly, it should go a long way in ensuring a level playing ground. It also said that mere publication of RIO on websites does not satisfy the condition of acting in non-discriminatory manner.

Demystifying TDSAT’s order in Star-Taj TV vs Hathway case

TDSAT’s order can be divided into two parts—the first part is whether RIO can be applied retrospectively and at what rates should Hathway pay outstanding dues. The second part is whether Hathway was being discriminated by big broadcasters like Star and ZEEL vis-à-vis its nearest competitor.

Broadcasters cannot apply RIO retrospectively: TDSAT

TDSAT has passed an order stating that broadcasters cannot apply RIO rates on retrospective basis. The order was passed in the Taj Television-Star India versus Hathway Cable & Datacom case. From 1 October, both Taj and Star channels (including Star Sports) will be available on RIO basis on Hathway.

TDSAT asks BECIL to conduct audit of DEN’s system on Sun’s plea

The order came after Sun Distribution System complained that DEN’s subscriber management system was not in compliance following an audit by KPMG. The report of the auditing agency casts some doubts in regard to the working of the petitioner’s system.

Hathway Cable to pay Rs 27 CPS for all Star India channels till final order: TDSAT

Hathway and Star India were directed by TDSAT to follow an interim commercial arrangement. Hathway will pay Star at Rs 27 charge per subscriber for all the entertainment and sports channels. The MSO can bundle all the channels the way it wants. It is required to clear outstanding dues amounting to Rs 27 crore by Wednesday.

TDSAT directs Sahara TV Network to clear IMCL’s carriage fee dues

TDSAT has directed Sahara India TV Network to clear carriage fees it owes to MSO IMCL. This amounts to Rs 8.7 mn at 9% interest per annum till the payment of the said amount.

TDSAT directs Tamil Nadu MSO to clear Neo Sports’ dues

Neo Sports had filed a petition against Akash Cable for recovery of subscription fees along with interest. The two parties had signed 12 interconnection agreements whereby the MSO carried Neo Sports and Neo Cricket on its network.

Sun TV moves TDSAT against TRAI’s ad regulation

Sun TV approaches TDSAT seeking stay on ad regulation. TRAI counsel gave oral undertaking that it will not take any coercive action against Sun TV till further orders. Matter will come up for hearing on 21 October.

TDSAT supports TRAI’s directive on basic service tier packaging

The TDSAT says since the regulator has made separate provisions for BST and pay channels, there was no reason for it to interfere with the clause.