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TDSAT directs Asianet, Star to sign interconnect agreement on RIO terms

TDSAT directs MSO Asianet and broadcaster Star to sign interconnect agreement based on RIO terms with effect from 1 April within a week from 31 Mar.

TRAI tariff order case to be heard by new bench of Madras HC after judge’s recusal

Two-member bench comprising Justice Nagamuthu and Justice Anita Sumanth has recused itself from hearing TRAI tariff order and interconnection regulation case. A petition to the Chief Justice claimed that Justice Nagamuthu had sought P Chidambaram’s help in becoming the judge. The matter will be heard by a new bench.

Broadcasters required to declare MRP within 60 days from publication of tariff order

Broadcasters will now have to declare the nature of a channel as pay or FTA and the MRP of the channel after 60 days from the date of publication of the tariff order in the official gazette.

TRAI recommends infra sharing among DPOs, asks MIB to make suitable amendments

While recommending infrastructure sharing among MSOs, LCOs, HITS and DTH operators on a voluntary basis, TRAI has asked MIB to make suitable amendments to licence conditions. The move would reduce capex, lower entry barriers for new players and provide more bandwidth for niche channels to reach targeted customers.

Broadcasters will have to publish RIO by 2 May, TRAI to Madras HC

Madras HC refuses to pass interim order on Star and Vijay TV’s petition seeking a stay on TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation following undertaking by the latter. TRAI tells HC that order and regulation will only come into force a month from date of publishing in gazette. Tariff order and interconnection will be published on 3 Apr and will come into effect from 3 May.

TRAI set to recommend infrastructure sharing among DPOs

TRAI is set to announce its recommendations on infra sharing among DPOs. It will be sent to the MIB for its nod.

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.