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BECIL to conduct audit of status of IndiaCast channels on Dish TV

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NEW DELHI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) today directed an independent audit by BECIL of the package of IndiaCast UTV Media Distribution, being carried by Dish TV to ascertain the number of channels being offered to consumers who opted for them.

Meanwhile, chairman justice Aftab Alam and member Kuldeep Singh directed Dish TV to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs 15 crore to be submitted within 10 days. The case will now be heard on 15 July.

The petitions by both sides came up today in the context of the earlier order of 19 December 2013, wherein Dish TV had committed that from January 2014, “it shall take all the 22 channels of the petitioner (with regard to which the fixed deal agreement comes to an end on 31.12.2013) out of its packages and put them on a-la-carte basis on its platform. In respect of the remaining 16 channels likewise, the respondent shall put them on a-la-carte basis on its platform, with effect from 1 April 2014 on expiry of the fixed deal agreement on 31 March 2014. No legal objection can be taken to the arrangement proposed to be made by the respondent.”

Dish TV had then stated that “a scroll running on the TV screens will only say that after 31 December 2013 the 22 channels of the petitioner shall be available only on a-la-carte basis and invite anyone who want to subscribe to any of those channels on a-la-carte basis, to communicate on the SMS number mentioned in that scroll.”

The dispute before the Tribunal related the number of people who had opted according to the scroll run by Dish TV and whether payment was made in that regard.

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