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Madras HC adjourns TRAI tariff order case till 17 Feb


Madras HC adjourns hearing in Star and Vijay TV’s plea against TRAI’s draft tariff order and interconnection regulation until 17 Feb as senior counsel P Chidambaram, who is representing the two petitioners, was not available.

TRAI can’t notify tariff order without SC’s nod; Madras HC case to continue


SC asks TRAI to notify its draft tariff order and interconnection regulations only if it has a strong reason to do so. But TRAI has to place the draft before the SC to satisfy the issue of jurisdiction. Apex court will decide whether or not the draft tariff order and regulation can be notified.

All eyes on SC as Madras HC adjourns tariff order case till 19 Jan


Madras HC adjourns Star and Vijay TV’s petition challenging TRAI’s draft tariff order to 19 Jan as the latter’s SLP in SC is listed for hearing on 16 Jan. Meanwhile, Union govt has come out in support of TRAI, stating that the regulator is within its rights to issue a tariff order for TV channels. It has also stated that the proposed tariff order is not in violation of the Copyright Act.

STB interoperability high on TRAI’s agenda in 2017

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Chairman RS Sharma believes that TRAI and broadcasting sector are nearing solution to having interoperable STBs, which is one of the items on the regulator’s agenda this year.

TDSAT impleads Videocon d2h in ‘twin conditions’ case relating to a la carte pricing


ZEEL had challenged TRAI’s ‘twin conditions’ that state that (a) the a la carte rate of a pay channel forming part of a bouquet shall not exceed two times its RIO rate offered by the broadcaster for addressable systems; and (b) sum of a la carte rates of all the channels in the bouquet shall not exceed three times the bouquet rate.

TRAI moves SC against Madras HC order on draft tariff consultation case


TRAI has filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court against the order passed by the Madras High Court staying the consultation process on draft tariff order. It has argued that the matter is still under consultation stage and that it should be allowed to go ahead with the same.

TRAI kicks off consultation process on net neutrality

The purpose of this stage of consultation is to proceed to final views on policy or regulatory interventions, where required, on the issue of net neutrality.

12 pay channels launched in Q2; 5 channels turned FTA


12 new pay channels launched in Q2, taking total count to 281. 5 pay channels converted to FTA, according to TRAI.

TDSAT restrains DoT from forfeiting Siti’s PBG in ISP licence case


TDSAT passes interim order restraining DoT from encashing Siti Network’s performance bank guarantee of Rs 1 crore.

TRAI to meet TV, telecom stakeholders in Jan to draw up agenda for 2017–18


In a bid to improve regulatory predictability, TRAI will hold discussions with stakeholders from TV broadcasting and telecom sector in Jan to draw up and publish an agenda of important issues for 2017–18.