TRAI Asks Broadcasters, Cable, DTH Operators To Ensure No TV Blackout

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) RS Sharma told broadcasters to work with the cable and DTH operators during the transition.

The chairman was reportedly talking to the stakeholders of the sector during a meeting in New Delhi to discuss the regulator’s plan for 2019.

“The chairman categorically told us to ensure a smooth transition and that there should not be a blackout of TV services in any situation. Broadcasters have been advised to work with the cable and DTH operators during the transition period,” one executive said.

Sharma out rightly denied the possibility of an “extension” when one of the DTH players sought delaying rollout by four months, an executive who attended the meeting told the paper.

New tariff regime and whether the broadcasters and cable operators are ready to move to the new system, and issues of consumer migration topped the agenda at the meeting, according to the report.

Broadcasters have been unsure of the new tariff plan’s implementation. The regulator believes the new regime will give the end customer the choice and the sector would be more transparent. The chairman also said this regime will give the control of the TV bill completely in the hands of the consumer.

Major players of the industry including Zee Entertainment, Sony Picture Networks and Star India have already come out with their a-la-carte and bouquet prices of their channels as mandated under the new framework.― Moneycontrol

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