The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has disposed of the petitions filed by IndiaCast and Dish TV in the channel distribution case. The matter was resolved after Dish TV agreed to offer all the channels on a la carte basis, while IndiaCast assured that it will stop publishing advertisements against the DTH service provider.
Maninder Singh, Dish TV’s counsel, clarified to the Tribunal that under the offering, 22 channels of IndiaCast, whose fixed fee arrangement comes to an end on December 31, 2013, will be removed from existing packs and will be offered on a la carte basis to customers. Likewise, a further 16 channels, whose agreement expires on March 31, 2014, will be removed from existing packs and offered a la carte to customers.
Meanwhile, the IndiaCast counsel was asked give an undertaking to the court that the ads published by its client against Dish TV shall stop.
It may be recalled that Dish TV had come out with an “on request channels” scheme, wherein its viewers had the power to remove the channels that they did not want to watch, for which the operator was to pay broadcasters accordingly.
Reacting to that, IndiaCast had issued advertisements in leading dailies last week asking subscribers of Dish TV to switch to other operators as after January 1, 2014, channels in the IndiaCast bouquet will no longer be available on the DTH service provider.