No exclusivity of channels on DTH platforms

New Delhi, March 22 | Updated: Mar 23 2005, 06:14am hrs
In pursuance of the principle of non-discriminatory sharing of content, the government has asked the DTH players to give an undertaking of not entering into any exclusive contract for distribution of TV channels.

Even as the Rs 1,600 crore STAR-Tata DTH joint venture proposal is awaiting clearance, information and broadcasting ministry has asked Subhash Chandra-promoted DTH venture Dish TV to give an undertaking by this month-end.

This implies that the Rs 1,600 crore venture Space TV would have no exclusivity over content, including the STAR bouquet, which Dish TV is seeking to get on its network.

Essel group vice-presidsent (corporate brand development) Ashish Kaul said, We are always for carrying all the available channels. We have written several letters to star for sharing their content on our DTH platform.