TRAI recommends 3% cap on PS for a DTH operator of the total channel carrying capacity
The total number of permitted PS for a DTH operator is capped at 3% and is subject to a maximum of 15 platform services channels
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released recommendations on platform services offered by DTH Operators yesterday.
The authority defines platform services (PS) for DTH operators as programs transmitted by Distribution Platform Operators (DPOs) exclusively to their own subscribers and does not include Doordarshan channels and registered TV channels. PS will not include foreign TV channels that are not registered in India.
The registered TV channels or television channels will mean those channels that have been granted downlinking permission by the Central Government under the policy guidelines issued or amended by it from time to time.
The program transmitted by the DTH operator as a platform service will be exclusive and the same shall not be permitted to be shared directly or indirectly with any other Distribution Platform Operator (DPO).
A one-time non-refundable registration fee of Rs.10,000 per PS channel shall be charged from a DTH operator. The platform services channels availed shall be categorized under the genre 'Platform Services' in the Electronic Programmable Guide (EPG) subject to orders, directions and regulations issued by TRAI from time-to-time. The MRP of the PS will be listed in the EPG against each platform service.
A ‘platform services’ caption will be required to distinguish the platform services from the linear channels. The government will decide on the caption size that is visually readable by the consumers.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) reserves the right for cancellation of registration of such PS of the DTH operator if found on any other DPO.
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