TRAI Tariff Order: Delhi High Court relists the matter to September 11
Big broadcasters, including Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited and TV18 Broadcast Limited, have declared their RIOs
The Delhi High Court, on September 6, relisted the TRAI tariff framework matter to September 19.
The Delhi High Court was hearing pleas by direct-to-home platforms Bharti Telemedia Ltd owned Airtel Digital TV, and Tata Sky Ltd, challenging the validity of the tariff regulations issued by the authority.
On September 5, the Supreme Court could not hear the matter pertaining to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) tariff order and interconnection regulation and adjourned it to September 11. The Apex court adjourned the petition as the matter could not come up for hearing before lunch. And post lunch, a special bench was scheduled to conduct proceedings in the court.
On July 3, 2018, TRAI had implemented the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations 2017 after it was upheld by the Madras High Court with an exception. While bringing the order into effect on July 3, the TRAI had prescribed timelines for the stakeholders. The deadline for compliance was August 31, 2018.
Following the deadline, most of the major broadcasters have published their Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) along with the Interconnection Agreement. Big broadcasters, including Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited and TV18 Broadcast Limited, have declared their RIOs.
“This RIO shall be effective for the term commencing from 29-December-2018 (i.e., at the end of 180 days from the date of TRAI’s press release dated 3-July-2018, read with TRAI’s notifications dated 3-March-2017),” reads the RIO published by TV18 Broadcast Ltd.
Also, Zee, in line with the tariff order, announced multiple bouquets catering to consumers of different languages across India. All Zee channels will be available on a-la-carte basis, as required by the Regulations.
However, Star India, which is one of the petitioners against TRAI tariff and interconnect order, is yet to file its RIO.
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