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CAS pricing case: TDSAT sets 12 December for next hearing

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MUMBAI:The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has fixed 12 December as the date for next hearing in the case filed by broadcasters against the Rs 5 tariff for pay channels set by sector regulator Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) in a CAS (conditional access system) regime.

The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has fixed 12 December as the date for next hearing in the case filed by broadcasters against the Rs 5 tariff for pay channels set by sector regulator Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) in a CAS (conditional access system) regime.

The pay broadcasters have challenged the two Trai notifications dated 24 August (on carriage fee) and 31 August (channel pricing). They are also contesting the revenue sharing model designed for industry stakeholders by Trai. The sector regulator had specified in the notification that the revenue generated from pay channels leaves the broadcaster with 45 per cent, while the MSOs stays on with 30 per cent and the cable operators get 25 per cent.

Earlier this year, a division bench of the Delhi High Court had passed an order directing the implementation of CAS with effect from 31 December in the south zones of the three metros - Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

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