The Supreme Court today has today asked Prasar Bharati to examine feasibility of starting a new Doordarshan channel exclusively to telecast the ICC World Cup 2015 matches. The apex court adjourned the matter to February 19. The judgement was made by a bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that asked Prasar Bharti to examine the feasibility for such a channel for which the subscription could be regulated for the cable operators according to media reports. The bench has however extended the interim order till Thursday to allow DD to telecast all the matches.
The view is said to have been made by broadcast rights holders Star and ESPN, which had consisted the telecast of the cricket matches on Doordarshan through all the cable operators on the free-to-air platform. The bench has also directed Star, ESPN and BCCI to give an estimate of the losses they were likely to incur in case DD was allowed to beam all the matches after sharing live feeds with cable operators. The bench further observed that it wanted to people to enjoy the matches during the tournament with facing any obstacles and that the parties involves should resolve the revenue dispute amicably.
The Supreme Court had earlier stayed the Delhi High Court order regarding the barring of Prasar Bharati sharing the live feed of matches with cable operators. This was after the centre had moved to the Supreme Court to appeal against the High Court order on the grounds that it was against the mandate of the Sports Act and Cable TV Act and was contrary to public interest.