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TRAI panel to look into channel rates, revenue sharing

10-March-2004
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TRAI panel to look into channel rates, revenue sharing

The broadcast regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), today said that the committee set up to look into the implementation of the conditional access system (CAS) will look into the issue of fixing rates of pay channels, the revenue share arrangement between the broadcasters, multi-system operators (MSOs) and cable operators.

The special committee comprising representatives of State Governments and TRAI will be chaired by Secretary (TRAI) and will meet on March 10. It will suggest the norms for fixing rates for cable subscribers, cable operators, MSOs for individual pay channels, bouquets and distribution of free-to-air channels, suggest regulation regarding rates of cable operators, including periodicity of change of monthly cable charges and suggest the principles for laying down limits as to the extent of bundling of pay channels to be allowed in order to ensure that Cable TV viewers have a genuine choice with regard to selection of pay channels.

The committee will also formulate the standard terms and conditions under which set-top boxes may be made available to the subscriber, suggest conditions under which consumers may return set top boxes sold or rented to them by service providers and ask for refund, suggest the maximum advertising time to be permitted per hour on pay channels along with other conditions that are required to be imposed and also examine the implications of gradual and voluntary introduction of set-top boxes.

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