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Hotels and restaurants move SC against TDSAT judgment on commercial subs

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.

Ground-based broadcasters should come under a separate regulatory framework: TRAI

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.

DPOs need to register PS channels with MIB: TRAI

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 caps platform services channels offered by cable and DTH

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.

Cable networks can run local ‘affairs’ channels, no need to lower FDI: TRAI

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.

TRAI brings Platforms Services run by DPOs under regulatory framework

TRAI issues recommendations on the ‘Regulatory Framework for Platform Services’ to bring cable channels run by MSOs and LCOs under the regulatory framework. The ambit also extends to other DPOs such as DTH, IPTV and HITS operators.

TRAI puts cross-media restrictions in DTH licensing regime

TRAI has put restrictions on vertically and horizontally integrated entities. The authority has also recommended reduction of licence fee from 10 per cent of gross revenue to 8 per cent adjusted gross revenue.

Broadcasters see red in TRAI’s new tariff order for commercial subs; MSOs & DTH ops happy

Broadcasters feel the pinch as commercial subscribers can obtain TV services only from a distributor. MSOs and DTH are to gain. The new tariff order also means that they can’t charge a premium if the commercial establishments are providing it as an amenity.

Broadcasters can’t provide TV service directly to commercial subscribers: TRAI

Commercial establishments will have to obtain TV service only from a distribution platform like cable TV and DTH. If they do not charge their customers for providing TV programmes, they are to be treated like ordinary subscribers and should be charged on per-television basis.

Delhi HC issues notice to TRAI on PIL seeking ban on loud and ‘part-screen’ ads

After accepting a PIL from an NGO, Delhi High Court issues notice to TRAI seeking response with regard to TV commercials which are louder than the main programmes and the ‘part-screen’ ads. Matter up for hearing on 15 July.