In an interesting turn of event, which may delay STAR’s DTH foray, STAR India has submitted an undertaking with the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) that it won’t give its signals to any DTH operator (including its own Tata Sky DTH) in reply to Zee-owned ASC Enterprises’ plea that it might lose significant business in such a scenario.
ASC Enterprises, which runs the only private DTH service, Dish TV, till now, had filed a complaint with TDSAT holding that if during June any new DTH system was launched carrying STAR signals, then it would lose significant business as STAR was not sharing its signal with Dish TV. TDSAT adjourned the final hearing on the case to July 3, 2006 without any further order.
Dish TV has invoked the clause 6.5 of the ‘Schedule to the License Agreement’ for DTH services against STAR, which says that any DTH licensee will not carry the signals of a broadcaster against whom any regulatory body, tribunal or court has found that it has refused access on a non-discriminatory basis to another DTH operator.
A Dish TV official when contacted said that the court observation was a positive development. “The launch of the Tata Sky DTH service now depends on the availability of STAR channels on Dish TV platform. Definitely the launch of its DTH will get delayed till the TDSAT final order, which is on July 3.”
ASC Enterprises (Dish TV) had filed a petition against STAR India with the TDSAT on May 3, 2006, alleging that it to be consistently adopting ‘dilatory tactics’ and stipulating terms and conditions which were ‘impractical, impermissible and unreasonable’.
DishTV takes the DTH battle with STAR to TDSAT