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Breaking FIRST :  Pay channel's a la carte rate to not exceed two times its RIO rate: TRAI
Wednesday 30-September-2015, 19:12,
Pay channel's a la carte rate to not exceed two times its RIO rate: TRAI
NEW
DELHI:
The
Telecom
Regulatory
Authority
of
India
(TRAI)
today
said
that
the a la carte
rate
of
a
pay
channel
forming
part
of
a
bouquet offered
by
any
digital
platform
should
not
exceed two times
its
RIO
order
rate
offered by
the
broadcaster for
addressable
systems.
TRAI also said that the
sum of a la carte rates of all channels
in the bouquet should
not exceed three
times the bouquet rate.
This applies to all multi-system
operators (MSOs), direct to home
(DTH) operators, internet protocol
service (ISP) providers and Headend in
the Sky (HITS) operators providing
broadcasting services or cable service
to its subscribers using a digital
addressable system (DAS) and offers
pay channels or pay and free-to-air
(FTA) channels as part of a bouquet.
These provisions are contained in the
draft Telecommunication
(Broadcasting and Cable) Services
(fourth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff
(Amendment order), 2015 that TRAI
has prepared consequent to an order
of the Telecom Disputes Settlement
and Arbitration Tribunal (TDSAT) of 13
July.
TRAI has also given the definitions of
RIO and RIO rates in the draft, to
which comments can be filed by 14
October with counter-comments if
any, by 21 October.
TRAI defines “RIO” as Reference
Interconnect Offer published by a
service provider specifying terms and
conditions on which other service
providers may seek interconnection
from the service provider making the
offer. On the other hand, “RIO rate”
is the rate specified by the service
provider in its Reference Interconnect
Offer.
The a-la-carte rates of all the
channels offered by the service
provider should be same for all the
bouquet of channels formed by the
service provider.
The matter had gone to TDSAT as some
platforms had objected to the “twin
conditions” that were prescribed at
retail level pricing of TV broadcasting
services in order to link the a-la
carte rates of channels to the
bouquet rates in the Tariff order of
20 September, 2013.
TDSAT, while disposing off the appeal
vide its order of 13 July, stated that
the Authority will consider the
concerns of the appellants and take a
final decision on the matter within
four months from the date of the
order.
http://www.indiantelevision.com/regulato...rai-150930
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