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TRAI chairman hopes to make STB interoperability a reality in 2018

CDoT has readied a prototype to showcase the technology for interoperability of STBs. “We expect to conclude this issue in the next 5-6 months and hopefully, people will be able to use this service by next year,” said RS Sharma.

TDSAT asks Videocon d2h to pay Rs 27.80 cr, Sony not to disconnect signals

TDSAT has asked broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India not to disconnect signals to Videocon d2h, provided the DTH operator pays Rs 27.80 crore upfront within one week.

TRAI floats consultation paper on ease of doing business in broadcasting sector

TRAI on Monday released a consultation paper to identify procedural bottlenecks that affect the ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector and to recommend measures for simplifying the rules, regulations and policies in the sector.

Tariff order: Madras HC reserves verdict on Star–Vijay vs TRAI spat

Madras HC reserves verdict in row between Star India–Vijay TV and TRAI in tariff order issue. A decision is expected sometime in August.

Broadband subs increased 2.6% to 291.61 million in May

Top 5 wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.8 mn), Airtel (2.09 mn), Atria (1.20 mn), MTNL (0.99 mn) and YOU Broadband (0.64 mn).

Nine pay channels launched in Q4; total pay channels at 295

There are 295 pay channels until 31 March 2017. These include 212 SD and 83 HD pay channels.

FM guidelines need to be amended for migration to digital radio broadcasting: TRAI

FM radio policy guidelines will need to be amended if the existing FM players are to be encouraged to migrate to digital radio broadcasting, TRAI said. The policy guidelines for Phase III do not permit use of any digital technology.

TRAI to begin arguments in the tariff order matter from Monday

Madras HC will hear TRAI’s pleadings on Monday and Tuesday. MIB and DIPP have completed their arguments. Star and Vijay TV were the first to complete their arguments.

TDSAT asks Scod18 to pay Rs 1.9 cr, sign RIO to avail ZEEL channels

ZEEL would be required to restore the signals of its TV channels to Scod18 as soon as the MSO paid this amount and signed an RIO agreement. Scod18 needs to make an interim payment of Rs 1.9 crore to the broadcaster.

Madras HC resumes hearing in Star-TRAI case

The Madras High Court resumed hearing in the TRAI tariff order matter with the Star India counsel presenting the broadcaster’s side of the case on Tuesday.