This presentation was made slightly before the cable industry was
to go into a meeting with TRAI officials later in the day.
In a lengthy presentation made a short while ago, the IBF conveyed
to the TRAI that the interim price freeze of cable services has
created confusion, opening avenues of "potential litigation"
The IBF presentation, a copy of which is available with the indiantelevision.com,
says that the regulator should not step in where revenue share arrangements
are to be formalised as such things are "best left to market
On possible restrictions on ad time on pay channels, the IBF has
pointed out that the regulator should follow a model that is similar
to the print medium as it would be "impractical to lay down
standards for compliance."
It has added further that such restrictions of revenue streams
would hamper growth and competition in the broadcast industry and
increase cost to consumer. "Avoid administered pricing,"
the IBF has said in its presentation.
Dropping ample hints that the cable industry is to be blamed for
the CAS imbroglio, the IBF has said that CAS is just one of the
platforms for consumer addressability and transparency and not the
The IBF has also implied that cable ops should provide boxes as
an investment to protect acquisition of a consumer, implying that
boxes should be given free of cost by the cable industry.
For more on this, stay tuned.