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MSOs move Madras HC seeking relief on inter-connect pacts

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MUMBAI: The All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) had filed a petition in the Madras High Court few days back pleading a directive to broadcasters to maintain a status quo on renegotiating agreements between TV channels and MSOs till a final judicial call was taken on TRAI’s new tariff regime announced in 2016.

The tariff order, along with guidelines on quality of services, was stayed by the Supreme Court pending a final directive from the Madras High Court.

Pleading that renegotiating inter-connect agreements on expiry at this point of time could lead to losses to the MSOs and subscribers, in general, the apex body of digital MSOs in India has sought judicial relief.

Telecoms and broadcast regulator TRAI, Star India and its affiliate Vijay TV have been made respondents in the case that, according to industry sources, has not yet been listed for an initial hearing at Tamil Nadu's top court.

Madras HC, which was hearing a case pertaining to TRAI’s validity to have jurisdiction over matters relating to copyrights, is yet to announce its final verdict. The petition was filed by Star India and Vijay TV in late 2016, which effectively put a stop to the implementation of a new tariff regime announced by TRAI in October 2016 for the broadcast sector and distribution platforms.

Apart from the tariff order, originally issued on 10 October 2016, the regulator had also issued the DAS interconnect regulations and the standards of quality of service and consumer protection regulations. These guidelines, after being debated and allowed by Chennai and Delhi courts initially were finally stayed by the Supreme Court earlier this year till Madras High Court disposed off the Star India-Vijay TV case questioning TRAI’s jurisdiction over certain matters relating to copyrights and freedom to carry on business.

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