EDITOR'S SCATVIEW

EDITOR'S SCATVIEW

The Corona pandemic impact on the Cable, Satellite and Broadband sector has been profound. But there is a silver lining to it – majority of the stakeholders are confident of bouncing back soon once business is able to reboot and get its bearings.......

India’s broadband base is increasing. This is an interesting development and it augurs well for the future of Digital India campaign of the Govt. The future of the CATV community is also in its expansion into the broadband domain. This is the future for the satellite and cable industry to grow and sustain in the future.This issue features a report which highlights the growth of broadband in the Indian markets........


 

August 2017

TDSAT JUDGEMENTS


This Monthly Column will Review Of Some Of The Major Cases Concerning Cable Networks, MSOs And Broadcasters, Filed At The Disputes Redressal Forum, TDSAT, In Delhi. SCaT Magazine Takes A Look At Selected Cases And Their Outcomes


MADRAS HIGH COURT RESERVES JUDGEMENT - STAR VS TRAI TARIFF ORDER

JUDGEMENT RESERVED

On July 31, the Madras High Court declared that it was reserving its order in the matter where Star India & Vijay TV have not only challenged the TRAI's 3 March 2017 tariff order, but have even challenged the TRAI's authority to regulate TV Pay Channel prices.

The judgement is expected by end August.

In complex matters, judges reserve a judgment so they can ponder on various arguments made, do their own research and carefully frame the reasons for their verdict.

REVIEW

On 27 July, the bench directed to submit their arguments in writing.

The TRAI submitted its arguments in writing, thereafter.

Arguments had concluded in the matter on 19 July and the broadcasters and the interveners - All India Digital Cable Federation and Videocon d2h were asked to submit their written arguments by 27 July. The TRAI submitted its arguments thereafter.

SC DIRECTIVE

In early May, the Supreme Court stayed the tariff order & directed the Madras High Court to complete hearing within 4 weeks. However, the Madras High Court closed for vacation soon after, and commenced daily hearings in the last week of June.

STATUS

The TRAI TV Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) and Quality of Service order (QoS) came into effect from 2 May following the order of the High Court.

Unless there are directions otherwise from the court, the TRAI's challenged tariff order comes into effect from 2 September 2017. n







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