Digicable moves TDSAT against Trais revenue sharing model

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 30 2012, 08:29am hrs
Digicable, one of the leading multi-system operators (MSO) in the country, has approached broadcast tribunal TDSAT opposing the regulator Trais new revenue sharing mechanism under the proposed digitalisation of the cable industry.

In its petition, Digicable has termed the new proposed tariff sharing mechanism as unjust, unfair, unreasonable, arbitrary, irrational, discriminatory and tilted towards the broadcasters and has requested the tribunal to strike down the revenue model.

Trai in its order on digitalisation had said that the subscription of paid channels or bouquet of paid channels shall be shared in the ratio of 65:35 between MSO and the local/area cable operator (LCOs) respectively.

TDSAT is already hearing a similar petition by IMCL, a Hinduja group Multi System Operator (MSO), which has challenged the new revenue sharing formula contending the model illegal and against public interest.

Hearing the IMCLs petition, TDSAT on June 25 allowed several news channels and their association NBA to be a party supporting Trai in the matter. The tribunal also allowed the plea of India Broadcast Foundation (IBF), a lobby group of television broadcasters to be a party in it.