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Broadcasters say Trai not fair in fixing DTH tariff
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NEW DELHI: Leading broadcaster, including Zee Turner and Star Den Media Services, on Wednesday alleged before the broadcast tribunal TDSAT that sectoral watchdog TRAI was not transparent while fixing tariff for DTH and IPTV sectors.

Senior advocate Ramji Srinivasan appearing for Star Den Media and Sun TV said that TRAI without fixing the tariff for non-CAS has fixed tariff for DTH sector.

"What was the urgency of fixing DTH tariff in relation to non-CAS tariff though it has not been finalised," Srinivasan said.

In its tariff order to be effective from September 1, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) made it mandatory for broadcasters to make channels available to DTH cable operators in conditional access system (CAS) areas and IPTV providers at 35 per cent of the corresponding rates for normal cable operators.

Earlier the broadcasters charged it at 50 per cent. Senior counsel Maninder singh appearing for Zee Turner said that method of calculation of tariff is not reasonable as TRAI should have taken into consideration advertisement fee also.

The tribunal had fixed September 14 for hearing.

Source: The Economic Times

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