AIDCF urges member MSOs to publish RIO, capacity on their sites

MUMBAI: The All India Digital Cable Federation ( AIDCF), the industry body representing multi-system operators (MSOs), has advised its member MSOs to upload their RIO, channel carrying capacity and interconnection agreements on their websites at the earliest.

The AIDCF has also urged all broadcasters to upload their RIO by 2 May 2017 on their websites.

AIDCF president TS Panesar said, “We are delighted with the Honourable Madras High Court order and now hope that the new tariff order and the interconnect regulations will put things in right perspective. This new tariff order will give the end consumer the power to choose what they want to watch and ensure content is made available to all distribution platforms without any discrimination, thus balancing the entire eco-system.”

In an important judgment on 28 April, the first bench comprising Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar of the Madras High Court refused to grant interim stay on TRAI’s new tariff order and interconnect regulation.

In its order, the HC said that a regulation intended to benefit about 120 million viewers of TV channels cannot be stayed by the court. The bench thus declined the petition to grant interim stay and gave its nod to TRAI’s new tariff order and interconnection regulation. Pursuant to this order, the new tariff order and the interconnection regulation will come into full force from 2 May 2017.

According to the AIDCF, these regulations will help in creating a level playing field for all stakeholders, especially the end consumers who will now have complete freedom at their disposal. It will also help in bringing more transparency and fuel growth by regulating the entire broadcasting eco-system.

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