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TRAI/TDSAT

TRAI should protect the interests of broadcasters and distribution platforms and not 5-star hotels: Uday Shankar

IBF prez and Star India CEO Uday Shankar said it is inconceivable that any sector regulator would actually equate five-star hotels and commercial establishments with domestic consumers as far as tariffs are concerned. “That’s exactly what the TRAI has done with rates for pay TV channels,” he added.

TRAI to seek details of Phase III agreements from MSOs and broadcasters

TRAI convenes meeting of broadcasters and MSOs on 28 April; wants status report on the interconnect agreements made by them for Phase III of DAS.

LMOs urge TRAI not to put restriction on local cable channels

While there is a need to have a strong regulatory framework for platform services offered by distribution platform operators, there should be no restriction on the kind of content that can be offered and the number of platform services that can be launched. This was the general consensus among the participants at the recently held open-house discussion, organised in Mumbai by TRAI.

Parliamentary committee begins stress tests on digitisation

Parliamentary standing committee on IT calls on broadcasters, MSOs and LCOs to share learnings and feedback on Phase I and II of digitisation.

TRAI issues consultation paper on DTH licence renewal

TRAI issues consultation paper on the issue of extension of licence of DTH operators. The key issues discussed in the consultation paper pertain to the licence fee, bank guarantee, and period of licence.

TRAI steps in to create regulatory framework for TV ratings

TRAI issues a consultation paper seeking industry views on laying down comprehensive guidelines for TV ratings agencies in India.

TRAI issues consultation paper on cross-media ownership

TRAI seeks to regulate cross-media ownership to prevent monopolies; to impact conglomerates like Essel Group, Sun Group, Times Group and Star.

TRAI seeks industry view on amendments to interconnection regulation and tariff order

TRAI to amend tariff order and interconnection regulation after facing a setback in TDSAT; seeks industry view on placement fee and channel capacity.

Broadcasters say TRAI has no authority to regulate ads

Broadcasters contend that the TRAI is overstepping the line by regulating ad duration on TV; argue that the ad regulation will have an adverse impact on their business models.

TRAI takes stock of ad duration on TV channels

TRAI invokes Cable Television Networks Regulation Act 1995 to cap ad duration on TV channels to 12 minutes in a clock hour.