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CAS notified areas: Pay channels issue some clarifications

MUMBAI: Trai had issued press releases on 15/10/06 and 25/10/06 placing the details of Maximum Retail Prices fixed by the broadcasters in respect of CAS areas on the basis of the reporting done by them in terms of clause7 (ii) of the Tariff Order of 31/8/2006.

The list placed on the website currently contains details of 13 broadcasters.

Subsequently, the Authority was informed in one of the meetings held to assess the progress of implementation of CAS that some of the pay channels listed in the website are not pay channels in some of the notified areas.

The issue was accordingly taken up with the broadcasters and the broadcasters have now indicated the correct position in respect of these identified channels.

The changes reported so far is in respect of the following channels:

Name of the Channel and BroadcasterStatus as reported earlier Status as reported now

ETV – Bangla (Ushodaya Enterprises) Pay Channel in all notified areas including Chennai Pay channel in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, but FTA in Kolkata.

ETV – Marathi (Ushodaya Enterprises) Pay Channel in all notified areas including Chennai Pay channel in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, but FTA in Mumbai

BBC World – BBC World Pay Channel in all notified areas including Chennai Pay channel in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, but FTA in Chennai

Star Vijay – Star India Private Limited Pay Channel in all notified areas including Chennai Pay channel in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, but FTA in Chennai

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