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TRAI warns action against MSOs that place a TV channel in multiple genres

Following the slugfest between English news channels on one side and Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV on the other over the issue of dual LCNs, TRAI has warned MSOs that it would take action if the regulation on this was violated. It has noted that several MSOs are placing some channels at more than one LCN under multiple genres simultaneously.

Broadband subs grew 5.82% to 276.52 mn in March

The top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.98 mn), Bharti Airtel (2.08 mn), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.17 mn), MTNL (1.01 mn) and You Broadband (0.62 mn).

TRAI suggests Aadhar ID for internet, broadband, fixed-line subs

Internet, broadband and fixed-line subscribers will need to provide Aadhaar card number for verification to subscribe to new connections, TRAI has said. The recommendation needs to be accepted by DoT before it comes into force.

Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV move Delhi HC against TRAI tariff order and regulations

Both the petitions will be heard by the division bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Any Malhotra. The appeals contend that TRAI’s tariff order and regulation violates Article 19 (1)(G) of the Constitution, which allows citizens “to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business”.

TRAI extends deadline to submit comments on ease of doing biz in TV sector

TRAI extends deadline for submitting comments on pre-consultation paper on ease of doing biz in Indian TV broadcasting sector to 19 May.

Supreme Court grants stay on TRAI’s new tariff order

Much to the relief of Star India, the Supreme Court has stayed TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation till the Madras HC decides on the broadcaster’s petition challenging the regulator’s powers to fix tariff for TV content. The apex court has also directed the Madras HC to conclude the matter in four weeks. The matter will come up for hearing on 12 June.

SC grants stay on TRAI’s new tariff order

In what could be at least a temporary relief to broadcasters, the Supreme Court on Monday granted Star a stay on TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation.

SC lists Star’s petition against TRAI tariff order and regulation for 8 May

Star’s special leave petition (civil) seeking a stay on TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation has been listed for hearing on 8 May. The matter will be heard by the bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman.

TDSAT directs NSTPL to pay Rs 6 mn to Sony in 8 weeks

TDSAT has directed HITS operator NSTPL to pay Rs 6 mn in four instalments to broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India.

Sony and Zee file their RIOs to comply with TRAI regulation

With Sony and Zee following, Star is only major broadcaster that has yet to file its RIO. Star had on 2 May requested TRAI to give it 10 more days to file the RIO.