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Prasar Bharati moves Delhi HC against deferred live telecast

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NEW DELHI: A day after terrestrial broadcaster Doordarshan was granted "deferred live" telecast rights to the ongoing cricket series between India and the West Indies, Prasar Bharati approached the Delhi High Court again on the matter.

A two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has listed for tomorrow arguments in the appeal filed by the pubcaster against the order yesterday by a single-judge directing Nimbus, the rights holder for BCCI organized cricket events in India, to give the feed to Doordarshan with a seven-minute time lag.

Prasar Bharati sources told Indiantelevision.com that the pubcaster's appeal was based on the validity of the Uplink-Downlink Guidelines issued in November 2005 that perforce allows DD to get the telecast feed. The pubcaster’s argument is that the guidelines are clear that the live feed should be given to both Doordarshan and AIR and that there is “no provision (in the guidelines) for a deferred telecast.”

Prasar Bharati has contended that viewers in the country cannot be divided into two segments and that there has to be equitable distribution of signals for all viewers, irrespective of whether they are linked to DTH, cable or non cable homes.

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