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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.

Star amends petition in Madras HC, seeks dismissal of TRAI’s tariff order

Star and Vijay TV amend petition in Madras HC by adding a new prayer for setting aside TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation. The broadcaster has now contended that TRAI does not have the jurisdiction to regulate TV channel pricing.

TRAI notifies tariff order, caps TV channel price forming part of bouquet at Rs 19

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.

Supreme Court allows TRAI to notify tariff order

The Supreme Court has allowed TRAI to go ahead with its tariff order notification for the broadcast sector. The apex court has also said that the Madras High Court will continue to hear the case.

TRAI tariff order case: Madras HC dismisses MSOs from impleading, allows intervention

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.

104 pay non-news channels aired ads beyond 12 minutes per hour in Jun–Sep: TRAI

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.

23 pay news channels aired ads in excess of 12 min in Jun–Sep

Among national news channels, NDTV Profit/Prime was at top with 16.43 mins of ads per clock hour. IBN Lokmat topped regional news channels with 21.76 min of ads.

Supreme Court adjourns TRAI tariff order case till 27 March

In view of the Madras High Court hearing the case, the apex court today decided to adjourn the case. The matter has been listed for hearing on 27 March.

Madras HC dismisses IBF’s plea to implead in TRAI tariff order case

Madras HC dismisses IBF’s plea to implead in TRAI’s draft tariff order case; it will consider AIDCF’s impleadment plea in next hearing on 22 Feb.

TRAI tariff order case: IBF and MSOs press for being allowed to implead in Madras HC

Madras High Court continued hearing the all-important TRAI’s draft tariff order and interconnection regulation case, with both the IBF and the AIDCF arguing to be impleaded as parties. The matter will come up for further hearing on 22 Feb.