The Supreme Court on August 4, 2006, while admitting STAR India’s appeal against TDSAT’s order which states STAR has to share all its channels on Zee’s Dish TV platform at Rs 27, rejected STAR’s plea to grant an interim stay on the order.
STAR had filed the case on August 3, 2006, the day it had provided repeaters to Dish TV so that the latter could have access to all the channels of STAR. The main contention of STAR is the pricing of its two bouquets at Rs 27. “We have gone to the Supreme Court with our doubts and clarifications. TDSAT has reached at the pricing of our channels at Rs 27 using certain methods, which we are opposed to,” said Paritosh Joshi, President, Ad Sales and Distributions, STAR India.
“We have signed the term sheet with Dish TV basically reserving our right to seek further legal remedy,” Joshi further said.
Meanwhile, ASC Enterprises, the promoter of Dish TV, had also moved the Supreme Court seeking modification in the TDSAT order in which STAR was asked to share all its channels at Rs 27 per subscriber per month and substituting it with Rs 13.50.
Reacting to the fresh development, A Mohan, VP, Siticable, said, “It is a very positive development. The TDSAT order has been made absolute till the Supreme Court takes a final decision. Consumers of Dish TV will now enjoy wholesome entertainment.”
When reached for his comments, Sunil Khanna, CEO, Dish TV, said, “All the channels of STAR will be available on Dish TV platform from Friday (August 4, 2006) evening.” Regarding the pricing factor, Khanna said, “We will work out the increase in pricing within a day or two.”
Following TDSAT orders, STAR, DishTV ink deal to air all STAR channels on DTH platform