Regulators

Tata Sky's final arguments in TRAI tariff order matter listed for 19 July by Delhi HC

The long-running legal battle was adjourned on Thursday

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/11/trai.jpg?itok=B_ocsj13

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of the petition of top DTH operators Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV and Sun Direct, and broadcaster Discovery India Communication challenging Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and its new tariff regime to 19 July. according to sources close to the development, he DTH player Tata sky will conclude its argument on the same day. 

During the hearing on 2 May, the regulatory body argued partly in the court. Before that, the last two hearings held on 11 April and 25 April were adjourned without any significant development.

In the beginning of April, Discovery India concluded its arguments. The matter is being heard by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameswar Rao.

Notably, the extended deadline for consumer migration under the new regime expired on 31 March. While TRAI has repeatedly said most consumers have moved to the new regulatory framework with a reduction in cable bills, several reports have claimed otherwise. In the last two weeks, TRAI also sent directives to several distribution platform operators across the country for not complying with tariff order rules properly.

Earlier in February, the regulatory body extended the deadline to pick channels under the new regime till 31 March as well as gave a directive of Best Fit Plans. The subscribers that don’t opt for new channels would be moved to ‘Best Fit Plans’, which would be developed as per usage pattern, language and channel popularity, the sector regulator said in its statement.

Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Rajendra Menon on 13 February questioned TRAI for altering the implementation process of its new tariff regime without informing the court. The chairperson of the sector regulator had also been directed to file an affidavit within a week explaining these changes.

While the regulatory body has continuously declined that cable bills would go up under the new regime, several reports, as well as surveys, have indicated the hike in the monthly bill. Due to the change in pricing, many experts predicted that consumers would shift to OTT platforms eventually. To decrease the churn rate, some of the DTH players have removed network capacity fee for long duration packs.

In 2017, Bharti Telemedia, Tata Sky and Discovery Communications India had filed petitions against TRAI, challenging its tariff order and the interconnect regulations. Unlike the position adopted by Star India wherein it questioned the regulatory powers of TRAI, the matter in the Delhi HC questions the regulator’s power to wipe out deals that operators enter into to fix commissions and rates for customers.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/23/tv.jpg?itok=rcQlFSqz
TRAI recommends no minimum entry net worth for MSO registration

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that there is no need to fix a minimum entry-level net worth for MSO registration. Moreover, it also added that there is no basis for introducing minimum net worth classification based on the area of operation for MSOs.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/22/MIB.jpg?itok=47mwUHq6
MIB demands confirmation from MSOs regarding carriage of all DD channels

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has sought affidavits from both existing MSOs as well as fresh applicants that they are carrying all 24 DD channels, besides Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels, on their TV network.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/22/trai.jpg?itok=hu6kLBJR
TRAI floats consultation paper on KYC of DTH set top boxes

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a consultation paper on 'KYC of DTH Set Top Boxes’ in order to finalise a suitable mechanism for the same. The comments of various organisations, industry bodies, DTH operators, standardisation bodies, STB manufacturers, software...

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/22/network18.jpg?itok=_P1FPVD4
Network18 writes to I&B ministry over BARC's data validation and outlier policy

News broadcasting network Network18 India has shot off a letter to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (MIB) raising concerns over Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) of India’s data validation and outlier policy, Indiantelevision.com has learnt.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/17/td.jpg?itok=w27iNd5J
Siti withdraws petition against SPN from TDSAT

Siti Network Ltd has withdrawn its two-year-old petition against Sony Pictures Networks Distribution India Pvt Ltd and ORS from the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), stating that the parties have settled their differences.

Regulators TDSAT
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/17/mix.jpg?itok=pqRHc4pa
Dish TV vs Prasar Bharati: DD Free Dish cannot use word 'Dish', says Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted an injunction to direct-to-home (DTH) operator Dish TV (plaintiff) against Prasar Bharati (defendant), preventing the public broadcaster from using the word 'Dish' for its free-to-air DTH platform DD Free Dish. The defendant was handed three months’ time to...

Regulators High Court
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/16/TDSAT1.jpg?itok=JdBsrj8r
TDSAT gives Kamyab TV 2 weeks to submit payment schedule to govt

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has granted further two weeks’ time to Kamyab Television Pvt Ltd for submitting a time schedule for payment of the admitted dues to Union of India and Antrix TV.

Regulators TDSAT
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/15/prakash-javadekar.jpg?itok=j-FUUnP0
No complaints of DTH companies defying new tariff order received by TRAI: MIB

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has not received any complaints against direct-to-home (DTH) companies not sticking to its new tariff order, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry told the Lok Sabha last week.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/07/12/tdsat.jpg?itok=Vr7B8W8j
Dish TV withdraws petition against SPN from TDSAT

MUMBAI: The ongoing tussle between Dish TV India Ltd and Sony Pictures Network India, in the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), has settled with the former withdrawing its petition filed last year against certain clauses in terms and conditions of pre-NTO RIO as published...

Regulators TDSAT

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories