18 Nov 2017
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TDSAT asks Prasar Bharati to consider interim arrangement on Freedish slots

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate (TDSAT) has asked Prasar Bharati to consider allowing existing channels whose contracts have expired to continue on its free direct to home (DTH) platform Freedish on pro-rata basis till the time it comes up with a new policy decision or conduct e-auction of vacant slots.

Govt finds video streaming platforms flouting anti-tobacco norms, asks TRAI to issue advisory

In a letter to TRAI, the health ministry has said that video streaming platforms are allegedly flouting anti- tobacco rules by not displaying messages and warnings during smoking scenes.

TRAI elevates SK Gupta to the post of secretary

TRAI elevates SK Gupta to the post of secretary. He was earlier serving as principal advisor, broadcasting and cable network. Gupta replaces Sudhir Gupta, who retired in July.

Broadband subscribers increased 3.33% to 310.87 mn in July

Top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.66 mn), Bharti Airtel (2.1 mn), Atria (1.23 mn), MTNL (0.97 mn) and YOU Broadband (0.66 mn).

TRAI to launch a pilot project on STB interoperability on 26 Sept

TRAI said it aims to launch a pilot project at the workshop with a view to developing a prototype of interoperable STBs and compatible smart cards.

TDSAT to hear Dish TV–Videocon d2h vs Star case on 12 Oct

TDSAT posts Dish TV–Videocon d2h vs Star India case on issue of launch of pay GEC Star Bharat on DD Freedish on 12 Oct. In earlier hearing, Star had placed a chart before the tribunal containing the list of 8 channels that are available on Freedish while continuing to remain pay channels as carried by Videocon d2h or Dish.

TRAI extends date for submission of comment on ease of doing biz in broadcasting sector

TRAI had noted that a business-friendly environment is a prerequisite for the growth of the broadcasting sector, which has seen an increasing number of distribution platforms including cable TV networks, DTH service providers, HITS operators and IPTV players.

Tariff order: Delhi HC to wait for Madras HC judgment

Delhi HC will wait for the Madras HC’s verdict before it adjudicates on the petitions filed by Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia relating to TRAI’s tariff order, interconnection and QoS regulations. The implementation of the regulations will be on hold till then.

TRAI starts process for next airwaves auction

TRAI has started the process for conducting the next round of spectrum auction in nine bands. This includes bands for 5G services and the coveted 700 MHz that went unsold in the last auction.

TDSAT refuses to grant injunction to Dish TV, Videocon d2h against Star

Dish TV and Videocon d2h move TDSAT against Star’s decision to launch Star Bharat, which was earlier known as Life OK, on Freedish. They want the broadcaster to either declare it as a pay or an FTA channel.