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Capping of carriage fee at 20 paisa per channel and MSO-LCO rev share in TRAI’s new interconnect regulation
TRAI retains most of its recommendations in regulation including capping carriage fees for SD channels at 20 paisa per channel per subscriber per month and 40 paisa for HD channels. Also prescribed is rev share of 55:45 between MSOs and LCOs for network capacity fee in case they fail to arrive at a mutual agreement.
Following the go-ahead from the Supreme Court, TRAI has notified the tariff order for DAS and interconnection regulation that will govern the relationship between broadcasters and distribution platform operators (DPOs) like DTH, cable TV, IPTV and HITS operators. The quality of service and consumer protection regulations has also been notified.
The Madras HC bench noted that, as the union government and TRAI are part of the matter, there is no need to implead others in the matter. However, AIDCF, a representative body of the MSOs, has been allowed to participate as an intervener. IBF will soon be filing an application seeking permission to be interveners in the case.
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.