Trai directs Dish TV to replace non-compliant STBs

NEW DELHI: Broadcast and cable regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has directed country?s first DTH TV service provider to replace set-top boxes (STBs), if any, which do not comply with the parameters set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

According to the regulator, subscribers who have non-BIS compliant boxes can get them changed from the dealers of Dish TV, 20 per cent owned by Zee Telefilms, by end February. The regulator had taken up the issue with Dish TV on receiving complaints last year.

Pointing out that it would have been better if ASC Enterprises (the DTH licence holder) had ensured activation of only BIS compliant boxes, Trai noted that there are ?difficulties at the ground level in implementation of the condition.?

?A mid-course corrective action had been taken by ASC Enterprises in the form of amending subscriber?s agreement for ensuring BIS compliant STBs,? Trai said in an official statement today. Dish TV executives were unavailable for comments.

A reference regarding deployment of non-BIS compliant boxes by ASC Enterprises was received by Trai, which felt that as pr licence agreement deployment of open architecture BIS- compliant set-top boxes was necessary.

Evidence received was examined by the regulator, subsequent to which a hearing was given to ASC Enterprises.

In its statement Trai said that ASC Enterprises had admitted that non-BIS compliant STBs were available in the market at a cheaper price, compared to BIS compliant boxes supplied by its licensee or authorised distributors.

Keeping the willingness to replace the non-compliant STBs in use by its subscribers, Trai took a lenient view of the complaint and directed ASC Enterprises to undertake steps to educate the subscribers of the necessity of taking BIS-complaint boxes.

Pointing out that Dish TV has confirmed the replacement scheme for non-BIS compliant boxes free of cost to the subscriber, Trai in its statement today said that so far nine subscribers have opted for replacement.

Any subscriber of DTH service of ASC Enterprise and using a non-BIS compliant box can contact the nearest dealer or call at 1600-12-3474 to avail of the replacement scheme.

Latest Reads
TRAI releases paper on OTT expanding its definition

India’s telecom and broadcast regulator TRAI today released another consultation paper on OTT services seeking to expand the definition of the sector and also the regulator’s jurisdiction over a sector hitherto “unregulated”.

Regulators TRAI
MIB extends feedback deadline date on mandatory sports feed sharing norms

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has extended the deadline to give feedback on the draft sports broadcasting signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharti) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 till 31 December 2018.

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB gives permission to two new channels - Khalsa and Nireekshana TV

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) after being lenient for couple of months in awarding channel licenses, is back to being strict. In the month of October, two new channels received licenses while none saw their licenses cancelled as on 31 October 2018.

Regulators I&B Ministry
TRAI, telco chiefs to meet in December over OTT regulation

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is scheduled to meet top executives of telcos in the month of December.

Regulators TRAI
SC upholds TRAI Act over Copyright Act in tariff order case

The two-judge bench of the apex court with Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Navin Sinha dismissed the Star India’s appeal against Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recent tariff order. The principal area of the argument by the broadcaster was that the pricing of the content cannot be...

Regulators Supreme Court
AIDCF welcomes Supreme Court judgement which upholds TRAI jurisdiction

In the matter of the new Tariff Order and Interconnection Regulations as notified by TRAI in March 2017, the Supreme Court has today upheld the jurisdiction of TRAI to frame the above mentioned regulations.

Regulators TRAI
TRAI wins tariff order case in Supreme Court

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has come on tops in the long running battle between it and broadcaster, cable, DTH operators on whether it has pricing of content comes under its purview. The Supreme Court has finally given the long-awaiting verdict on Star India versus Telecom Regulatory...

Regulators TRAI
MIB proposes to change mandatory sports feed sharing norms

In what could have far reaching effects on the financial viability of sports TV channels or streaming platforms, which acquire exlcusive rights for sporting events for the India region spending billions of dollars.

Regulators I&B Ministry
TDSAT asks SPN, Tata Sky to reach an agreement in 4 weeks

The Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has heard the case on the recent commercial dispute between Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) and Tata Sky on a failed negotiation. TDSAT heard the case on 11 October and advised the parties to take four weeks to try and reach a mutually...

Regulators TDSAT

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories