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TDSAT directs You Scod18 to clear last tranche of dues to Star by 15 Nov

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has refused to grant more time to multi-system operator (MSO) You Scod18 to clear the third and final instalment of Rs 1.94 crore (Rs 19.4 million) that it owes to broadcaster Star India.

While disposing of You Scod18’s application for a one month’s extension, the tribunal has directed You Scod18 to make the payment of the sum of Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million) along with interest at 10 per cent calculated from 21 October till 28 October (when the matter is next to be listed) and the balance amount of Rs 94 lakh (Rs 9.4 million) along with interest at the same rate by 15 November.

The tribunal had passed an order on 21 August directing the MSO to clear Rs 4.88 crore outstanding dues to Star India in three instalments. The amount was arrived at following reconciliation of account.

You Scod18 was directed to pay Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million) to Star within a week and the balance Rs 3.88 crore (Rs 38.8 million) in two instalments—one payable by 21 September and the other by 21 October.

While You Scod18 has paid the first two instalments on time, it had sought one month’s time for the third instalment that was due for payment by 21 October.

Star India had issued a disconnection notice against You Scod18 in July for non-signing of agreement and non-payment of dues. The MSO moved the TDSAT to restrain Star from giving effect to its disconnection notice. The tribunal asked Star not to discontinue signals while directing the MSO to clear the outstanding dues.

In its petition, the MSO had also raised the issue of parity vis-à-vis other MSOs. You Scod18 had contended that Star was treating it unfairly by asking it to pay Rs 42 cost-per-subscriber (CPS) for its channels including sports.

Earlier, Star was getting Rs 25–26 CPS for its channels when it was part of MediaPro. Star’s share was 53 per cent of subscription amount collected by MediaPro. The remaining share went to Zee Turner.

You Scod18’s case was clubbed with Hathway Cable & Datacom’s case as both were raising a similar issue. During the hearing, Star offered to give its channels at Rs 39 CPS. The matter is listed for 28 October.