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General News TRAI warns Pay Broadcasters against ignoring cost/subscriber in interconnect agrement
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NEW DELHI: All the broadcasters of pay channels have been asked by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to strictly comply with the provisions of clause 3C of Tariff Order, 2004 and clause 4 of the Tariff Order, 2010 at the time of providing signals of TV channels including in term of Cost Per Subscriber agreements.
In its direction, TRAI said this was being done “to protect the interest of service providers and consumers” under Section 13, of the TRAI Act 1997, clause 4A of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Second) Tariff Order 2004, and clause 10 of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Fourth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order 2010.
Following a Supreme Court interim order of 18 April 2011, the rate of a bouquet of channels of addressable systems shall not be more than 42 per cent of the rate of such bouquet as specified by the broadcaster for non-addressable systems. 
The Authority also pointed out that the Tariff Order, 2010 defines bouquet or bouquet of channels and bouquet rate or rate of bouquet as an assortment of distinct channels offered together as a group or as a bundle. The ‘bouquet rate’ or ‘rote of bouquet’ means the rate at which a bouquet of channels is offered to the distributor of TV channels or to the subscriber, as the case may be.
The Regulator said that on examination of the information relating to the interconnection agreements filed by the broadcasters under the Register of Interconnect Regulations 2004, the Authority noted that in many cases the agreements are signed in the name of CPS deals between the broadcasters and Distribution Platform Operators (Multi System Operators providing cable TV services through Digital Addressable Systems and DTH operators) for offering of channels of the broadcasters in different formations, assemblages and bouquets for a group or a bundle of channels.
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