Direct-To-Home satellite TV operator TataSky has approached the Delhi High Court, seeking directions to broadcaster Sun TV to share its feed. In its petition, TataSky has alleged that Sun TV was violating the regulations of broadcast regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Senior officials at TRAI said, “As per section 3.2 of TRAI regulations, no broadcaster can deny signals to any DTH operator or service provider. If anyone denies it, he will be taken to court.”
However, Sun TV has refused to do so and has also quoted high rates. This amounted to violation of broadcasting guidelines of TRAI, as has been alleged by TataSky. Sun TV is demanding Rs 85 per month from TataSky and claims to have provided its feed to TataSky’s rival, the Zee Group-promoted DTH service provider Dish TV, at the same rate.
TataSky has, however, opposed Sun TV’s price structure and termed the Rs 85 monthly fee, which includes Rs 25 as the fee for Sun TV’s free-to-air channels, as unfair and illegal, as per Intellectual Property Rights.
On January 24 this year, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal had rejected TataSky’s request to pass an interim order directing Sun TV to share its feed. Based on this rejection, TataSky then decided to appeal in the Delhi HC for the same. TataSky preferred to talk about the issue only after the HC hearing on March 13.