stressing that the MSOs were not for delaying DAS, he said
tariff should have been fixed after proper research and
He said MSOs had been asked to initially give 200 television
channels and later expand this to 500, without making a
study of what the viewer wanted to see. Most viewers did
not see more than ten channels. He described this as "micro-management
also wanted to know why there was a regulation for 100 channels
in the BST when no such stipulation had been placed on the
direct-to-home (DTH) players.
Furthermore, there was no clarity on placement fee, and
the revenue share between the broadcaster and the MSO.
the 65:35 share in the bouquet of FTA and paid channels,
Trai had said that the extra ten per cent was meant to help
the MSO pay the broadcaster.
Stressing that the regulator should be a facilitator, Vaidyanathan
said at one stage in response to a remark from the bench
that Trai appeared to be working to eliminate the LCOs.
Arguments on both the matters will continue tomorrow.
will also hear petitions by MSOs Digicable Networks (India)
Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, and Delhi Distribution Company, New Delhi.
Justice S B Sinha and member P K Rastogi had listed the
matter for 24 August but it could not be taken up for pressure
of work. However, Tdsat decided to hear the matter today
when it was mentioned by counsel late last week.
has permitted news broadcasters NDTV, Time Global (holding
company of Times Now), India TV, TV Today, Total TV, News
Broadcaster's Association (NBA), Indian Broadcasting Foundation
(IBF), and other broadcasters to be a party to it.
the deadline for the first phase of digitisation in the
four metros has been postponed by four months to 1 November.